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Books: Independent Choice New British whodunnits

Pick of the Week: Freeze My Margarita by Lauren Henderson Hutchinson, pounds 10, 304pp

The genteel sound of satisfaction

AT 12.34pm the crowd stood as one for the National Anthem, taking their signal from the man in the black frock coat up front.

Friday Book: `Come out of there, Elizabeth!'

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Leading article: Unsolved mystery

Leading article: Unsolved mystery

Theatre: A pared-down Pinter and a dose of demagoguery

ASHES TO ASHES THE DRUM PLYMOUTH

Market report: CMG surges ahead as the hi-tech romp continues

COMPUTER services group CMG charged to a new high as Morgan Stanley alighted on the shares.

Poirot takes a stab at merchandising

PORCELAIN models of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple detective games and jigsaws with scenes from Murder On The Orient Express will soon be on the market following the sale yesterday of a controlling stake in Agatha Christie to the entertainment and leisure group Chorion.

Booker to sell Agatha Christie

BOOKER, the sponsor of the annual literary prize, is poised to end its own association with the written word by selling its interest in Agatha Christie's books.

Arts: Tom and Peter meet their match

'Oh God, what a great idea!' In 30 years, only one play has aroused Tom Stoppard's envy: Peter Shaffer's 'Black Comedy'. Now it's being paired with 'The Real Inspector Hound'. The playwrights talk it over

Classical: Pure kitsch

Puccini's Trittico

QE2 sale to US could see liner become floating motel

THE QE2 could soon be swapping caviar and lobster for burger and chips after it was announced that the world's most famous luxury liner is to be sold to an American company.

Books: Country wiles

Joan Smith on bucolic butchery; Honey-Dew by Louise Doughty Simon & Schuster, pounds 10

Books: A Dotty map, a Wimsey marriage, a Vane project

THRONES, DOMINATIONS by Dorothy L Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh, Hodder pounds 16.99

Recaptured by the Pirates, and surrendering again to the other forgotten lures of youth

Looking back to my teens, I realise that adolescence wasn't just a time for experimenting. It was a time for giving up as well. I think I probably abandoned more practices in my teens than I ever adopted or persevered with, or indeed that I have abandoned since. For instance, before I reached the age of 19 or 20 I had already stopped writing poetry, playing rugby, playing the trombone, trying to learn Welsh, taking bagpipe lessons, doing the high jump, attempting to master ballroom dancing, having homosexual leanings, and reading Agatha Christie and Dennis Wheatley. I haven't done any of them since, not once. Occasionally I regret not having learnt Welsh, and when I was 19 I used to feel sorry I had managed to read all Agatha Christie's books without leaving any to look forward to (but then I discovered Raymond Chandler), despite which I go through life on the whole without a backward glance to that far-off, oddly assorted collection of enthusiasms.

Theatre: An eccentrically English tourist trap

Not the First Night: The Mousetrap, St Martin's Theatre
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Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'
Singapore's domestic workers routinely exploited and often abused in the service of rich nationals

Singapore's hidden secret of domestic worker abuse

David Cameron was shown the country's shiniest veneer on his tour. What he didn't see was the army of foreign women who are routinely exploited and often abused in the service of rich nationals
Showdown by Shirley Jackson: A previously unpublished short story from the queen of American Gothic

Showdown, by Shirley Jackson

A previously unpublished short story from the queen of American Gothic
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Be sharp! 10 best DSLRs

Up your photography game with a versatile, powerful machine
Solved after 200 years: the mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army

Solved after 200 years

The mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army
Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise

Robert Fisk on the Turkey conflict

Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise
Investigation into wreck of unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden

Sunken sub

Investigation underway into wreck of an unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden
Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes

Age of the selfie

Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes
Not so square: How BBC's Bloomsbury saga is sexing up the period drama

Not so square

How Virginia Woolf saga is sexing up the BBC period drama
Rio Olympics 2016: The seven teenagers still carrying a torch for our Games hopes

Still carrying the torch

The seven teenagers given our Olympic hopes
The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis, but history suggests otherwise

The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis...

...but history suggests otherwise
The bald truth: How one author's thinning hair made him a Wayne Rooney sympathiser

The bald truth

How thinning hair made me a Wayne Rooney sympathiser
Froome wins second Tour de France after triumphant ride into Paris with Team Sky

Tour de France 2015

Froome rides into Paris to win historic second Tour
Fifteen years ago, Concorde crashed, and a dream died. Today, the desire to travel faster than the speed of sound is growing once again

A new beginning for supersonic flight?

Concorde's successors are in the works 15 years on from the Paris crash