The KISS Grammar
Agatha Christie Page
Other Mystery Writers
I picked up some Agatha Christie books at some book sales,
and when I was in the process of reducing my pipe smoking, I needed some
light reading. Thus I turned to Christie. They are interesting reading,
but I was also surprised by the simplicity of the sentence structure. The
books are still under copyright, so I cannot supply the complete texts.
They are, however, widely available. Using the opening sentences of various
stories for educational purposes does not, as I understand it, violate
copyright, so the following should make some interesting exercises. Among
other things, these exercises should demonstrate that sentences do not
need to be long and complex in order to be good writing.
Based on The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Selections from Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective
Based on Postern of Fate
Mysteries by Sister Carol Anne O'Marie
| Many of the KISS exercises are created by
taking parts of longer, complicated sentences. Sister O'Marie's sentences
are shorter than those of many writers so they provide excellent simple
examples of many constructions without needing adaptation.
Based on Advent of Dying