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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Agatha and the Truth of Murder is a mystery that speculates where the famed author Agatha Christie was during an 11-day period when she disappeared in real life. Two murder victims are shown, one with blood streaming down her face and another with a bloody bullet wound in his back. The only other violence is mention of past physical abuse. One mystery involves a same-sex couple, and the only other sexual content is a couple showing mild romantic feelings toward each other. Strong language is rare but includes "f--king" and "d--k." A couple of characters smoke cigarettes, although infrequently.
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What's the story?
AGATHA AND THE TRUTH OF MURDER speculates about what happened to famed mystery author Agatha Christie when, in real life, she disappeared for 11 days in 1926. With her marriage on the rocks and a serious case of writer's block, Christie decides to help solve a murder by going undercover at a country estate. She gathers all the suspects under the guise of settling an inheritance. But she may have taken things too far when one of her suspects is himself murdered. When the police get involved, it's only a matter of time before Christie's scheme is uncovered. Can she solve both murders before the jig is up, and get her life and writing together when she gets home?
Is it any good?
Mystery fans are sure to enjoy this imagining of what happened when famed author Agatha Christie disappeared in real life, with its generous sprinkling of touches that make mysteries fun. First and foremost, of course, is that Agatha and the Truth of Murder is a classic whodunit, with ample suspects and red herrings. Then there's the scene where Agatha goes to none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, finds him on a golf course, and asks him for help with her writing. There's the decaying country estate where all the suspects are gathered. And there's also the long-suffering local police inspector with a gruff exterior who's really an old softie.
The acting is solid and the script keeps things moving at a good pace until the reveal, so that even if you figure it out early on, you can still enjoy the ride. Mystery fans will enjoy this very "meta" entry in the crowded field of made-for-TV mysteries. Brief depictions of blood, mature subjects, and rare strong language make it best for teens and up.
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