What are you reading? Kathy Fribely

LOVE FOR MYSTERY: Kathy Fribley enjoys reading Agatha Christie novels in her free time, intrigued by how small details can give clues to the larger outcome of the story. (Pioneer photo/Elizabeth Badovinac)

LOVE FOR MYSTERY: Kathy Fribley enjoys reading Agatha Christie novels in her free time, intrigued by how small details can give clues to the larger outcome of the story. (Pioneer photo/Elizabeth Badovinac)

BIG RAPIDS — When Kathy Fribley isn’t working as a secretary at Gingrich Dental P.C. or balancing components of her busy life, she follows the tales of Agatha Christie, an English crime novelist born in the late 1800s.

Christie wrote nearly 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections during her lifetime, and is still considered to be one of the most influential detective novelists of her time.

Fribley sat down with the Pioneer recently to chat about why she enjoys Christie’s work so much, how she connects with Christie’s characters and her method to balancing work and home life.

PIONEER: What is “The Unexpected Guest” about?

FRIBLEY: It’s a murder mystery. There’s a murder committed and a guest comes in the middle of the night and catches the person doing it. The point I’m at right now, they’re both trying to figure out how to cover up this murder and pin it on somebody else. It’s kind of different.

Have you read books by Agatha Christie before?

FRIBLEY: Yes. She has a lot of books available. I’ve read quite a few.

What’s your favorite part of her writing?

FRIBLEY: I can never guess who it is! I keep trying, I’m picking out little things. There’ve been a couple of times where I was able to say “Oh yeah this is it,” but just the way that she writes her books, it just kind of unravels. You have to catch the tiny details. Even one little sentence can have a clue as to who it was.

Is the book a period novel? Or is it modern?

FRIBLEY: I would say 19th century. I think she was writing around the ‘40s or ‘50s, somewhere around there. I haven’t come across anything that she’s written that has been based in America. It’s always overseas, in England, or around that area.

Who is your favorite Agatha Christie character?

FRIBLEY: I love Miss Marple. I don’t think she’s going to come on the scene in this book. She’s an elderly woman who is as sharp as all get out and she can figure out what’s going on. She’s just a regular person. She kind of reminds me a little bit like the elderly woman on the television show “Murder, She Wrote.” She resembles that character — she doesn’t go out and look for murder, it just comes to her area or wherever she is.

Do you like reading on a tablet or do you like reading paper books?

FRIBLEY: I like paper books. I’m not used to reading them on my iPad or anything, I don’t do that. I like having the book in my hand. It’s kind of my navigation skills; I’m just not used to using an iPad after all these years.

I also try to separate home and work. Generally when I get a chance to read it’s at night, so I’m trying to separate the iPad, which needs to charge during the night, from the book.

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