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Comparative Study of Murder Mysteries; Agatha Christie and Sheila Radley The novels Death of a Maiden and Appointment with Death, written by Sheila Radley and Agatha Christie, are murder mysteries describing a betrayal of trust. While both are similar in this way, it is the differences between the two novels that make the similarities remarkable. By comparing the victims, the killers, and the investigators, the differences in the novels are revealed. The victims in the …

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…have to extend himself much to enquire about the murder. The most interesting similarity between the two books is the way they both quote Hamlet. In the Epilogue of Christiesí novel Sarah Boynton, in the words of Ophelia, whom she is now playing as an actress, describes the fate of her mother, It is rather ironic, I think, that both authors use the words of one of Shakespeare most tragic figures to describe their victims.