I’m reading Agatha Christie in English for the first time (I read her in my teens in Russian) and I’m seeing something I didn't see before. Of course I didn’t see it. I wasn’t reading like a writer back then.
She is very minimalistic, to the extreme. For example, the character X would show up and meet the character Y, then the character X will continue meeting other characters and talking to them for several pages, until suddenly that character Y says a line and you realize he/she was there the whole time.
Christie also doesn’t bother with explaining who came from where. There is barely a line, and the rest you fill out in your head. For example, something like “X leaned out and talked to Y. When X turned around, Z was right behind him.” There is no “X walked up to the window, opened it, and leaned out.” There is no “X heard approaching footsteps of Z.” None of it.
Considering the fact that Christie’s estate claims her books are outsold only by the Bible and by Shakespeare, she was doing something right. I intend to study her. Plus, her minimalism and dry, sly sense of humor fits me like a glove. I was giddy yesterday that I have finally gotten to reading her.