Date: 2018-10-15 12:21 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
The Poirot novel the "Big Four" also has some pulp-SF elements, with a lady mad scientist and a Fu Manchu type among the villains. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Four_(novel)

Date: 2018-10-15 09:36 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The SF Encyclopedia entry discusses both The Big Four and Passenger to Frankfurt.

http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/christie_agatha

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Date: 2018-10-15 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"The Big Four" is a "fix-up" novel too, composed of several short stories welded into a larger narrative - very SF-ish.

Date: 2018-10-15 05:21 pm (UTC)
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I noticed, with this one, the last Tommy and Tuppence novel, and maybe one or two others, that it was like the whole plot happened off-screen: there is some past plot/skullduggery, someone onscreen travels and asks questions, accumulating some faint hints, and then there's an announcement that it's been resolved. But practically none of the actions for the resolution happen onstage, or are carried out by the viewpoint character. It's like being on the edge of a mystery novel rather than IN a mystery novel.

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