The Narratologist has a great series of literary bingo cards, which gently skewer the preoccupations of famous authors. Charles Dickens Bingo includes squares for “fallen woman suicide” and “blackmail,” for instance. Rainbow Rowell Bingo features “pining” and “Curvy Girl.”
Agatha Christie is no stranger to tropes. Certain types of characters and settings pop up again and again in her works, though each plot is distinctive. Here’s an Agatha Christie bingo card, followed by links to each square.
Someone eats, or is likened to, an egg
Multiple murders to hide key murder
Hastings distracted by a redhead auburn hair
Miss Marple knits
Military man bores everyone
Obsessive attention to timeline
Clues in conversation
The Servant Problem
Plucky young woman
Hot guys are bastards
Inquest adjourned a fortnight
Smudged or charred document
Delicate English sensibilities
Intimidatingly efficient secretary
With thanks to fellow Business Relationships Rioters Kathleen Keenan, Jessica Plummer, and María Cristina García Lynch
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