Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hello, I'm Nigel


Nigel Hammond, that’s me.  You haven’t actually met me yet, but you will soon.  I’ll be appearing in the upcoming novella of the Zodiac Mysteries – the one that predates the series and lets everyone know so many important things-- how Julia developed her interest in astrology, how she met her good friend Gale and (very importantly) how she found her cat Wizard.  I think you’ll enjoy this little story especially because it features Julia’s grandmother Gloria in a starring role. 
 
As for me, well, I am very excited.  You see, I’m the new owner of Theatre Mars in North Beach on Columbus Avenue in San Francisco.  More than that, I’m actually starring and directing our very first production of Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death.  I can honestly say that it’s all thanks to my wonderful and generous wife Darla who made it all happen.  She made my dream come true! 
 
Can you guess who I’m playing?  Can you?  Give up?  Well, I’ll tell you.  I just can’t keep it to myself any longer.  I’m playing the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.  There’s a little backstory to Poirot’s appearance in this play.  You see, when Dame Agatha adapted the book for the stage, she changed quite a lot of things.  Notably, she wrote out the famous Poirot! 
 
Isn’t that incredible?  Considering what a renowned detective he was.  I don’t know what Dame Agatha was thinking.  But the production we’re mounting at Theatre Mars is true to the book, and not the stage adaptation.  Opening night is very soon and I hope you’ll really enjoy our play!  Hopefully, there won’t be anything like a real murder on our stage. 
 
But . . . we’ll see . . .
 
You can learn more about the Zodiac Mysteries by visiting my author’s website at ConniediMarco.com or Facebook or Twitter @AskZodia.   My author will be posting the new cover for this novella very soon. 

In addition, she’s giving away one large print edition of All Signs Point to Murder (Book 2 in the Zodiac Mysteries) to a lucky winner.  All you have to do is leave a comment to enter.  Good luck to all!

28 comments:

  1. I couldn't imagine leaving out Hercule Poirot.

    Sounds like a great read and series.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Mary ~ just waking up on the west coast. You're so right! How could she eliminate Poirot? In fact, the David Suchet series (and he's the best Poirot of all time, everyone else should just forget trying to play Hercule Poirot) has filmed Appointment with Death, so that screenplay must have been based on the book. Best of luck, Mary!

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  2. Why would anyone write out Hercule Poirot? Sounds like the version of the play you're in will be much better, Nigel! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. Thanks, Marla ~ I agree! I actually didn't know the backstory when I decided Nigel should produce this play in the novella, but I got a lesson in Agatha Christie history! Best of luck today!

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  3. I like Hercule. This should be intriguing.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Me too! As I wrote to Mary, David Suchet is my all time favorite Poirot. I have to say, I never really "got" Poirot as a character until Suchet played him. Good luck today, Debby!

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  4. Can't wait for the opportunity to read "All Signs Point to Murder" and read more about Nigel. LOVE the cover!

    Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to win a large print copy which is greatly appreciated by us with less than perfect eyesight!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. I'm so glad I can do this giveaway, Kay. The large print publisher sent me several copies. The cover on these is different that the "wedding dress" one. I tried to pull a picture of this cover off Amazon, but no luck. However, it's still the same story. Best of luck, and I hope you enjoy it!

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  5. wrote out Hercule Poirot, that is incredible. Hope I win the giveaway-thanks

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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    1. It is incredible, isn't it? I've never seen the play, or read it either, but I can't imagine why Dame Agatha would do that. I guess she just couldn't help tinkering with her story when she adapted it to the stage. Oh well . . . I prefer Poirot! Best of luck today and happy reading!

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  6. Good morning, Nigel! Please say hello to your author ;-). I love Hercule Poirot, and I agree with you - he needs to be in the play. And if you are going to play him I look forward to meeting you. Can't wait to read all about and also to see the new cover. sally
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Oops, I think I posted on the wrong spot, sorry Sally!

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  7. Hi Sally ~ great to hear from you today! Hope all is well! I'm so looking forward to my new cover! Even I haven't seen it yet.
    Happy reading, Sally and good luck!

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  8. I'm looking forward to meeting Nigel. Thanks for the giveaway!
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Jana ~ I hope you'll like Nigel's story in this little novella. I'm calling it 'Enter a Wizard, Stage Left.' And of course, Wizard, Julia's soon to be rescued black cat, has a big role. Good luck and happy reading!

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  9. I'm looking forward to meeting Nigel! Looking forward to reading the book.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Dianne ~ thanks for visiting today! I hope you enjoy this little story, and Zodiac #4 will be coming soon too!
      Best of luck!

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  10. Personally, I'd prefer a production that omits Poirot. He is my least favorite of Christie's sleuths.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Really, Libby? Actually, when I first read the Poirot books, I didn't like him either. He seemed fussy to the max, grumpy and very egotistical. It wasn't until I saw David Suchet play him that I understand what Christie was trying to do. But that's okay, you're certainly entitled to your opinion. I'm sure you love Jane Marple though? Best of luck!

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  11. I can't believe he was left out! tWarner419@aol.com

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    1. I know! Right? I was shocked too when I first read about Poirot being eliminated! Best of luck and happy reading!

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  12. Crazy that she left him out! JL_Minter@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Jaime ~ I think so! Libby earlier today said that Poirot wasn't her favorite character, but I really like him! He's unique. I can't imagine why Christie wrote him out of the play. Oh well . . . Nigel will get to play him in my story! Best of luck!

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  13. I really believe stage adaptations should truly follow the story. I can't believe she left him out!! Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Hi Eileen ~ I agree with you. Poirot would really be the main character, the hero who solves the crime. The David Suchet/BBC version on TV must have followed the book as well. Nigel's got the right idea. Good luck!

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  14. Hi everyone ~ thanks so much for joining in!
    It's the 16th of August, so my day is over. I've used random.org to choose a winner. Congratulations to 'tetewa' at twarner419@aol.com!
    I'll send an email to you right away! Really hope you enjoy Julia's adventures in this book!
    ~ Connie

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  15. Just replied to your email looking forward to the read!

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