Monarchs of British Mystery: Arthur Conan Doyle & Agatha Christie

10/29/2020 07:00 PM - 08:15 PM ET


Mystery Lovers Society Event


  • $10.00




Virtual Britsburgh Live presents.... 


Monarchs of British Mystery:

Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie


Join us for this fascinating look at the lives and works of two of British Mystery's undisputed leading lights, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dame Agatha Christie.  Our Britsburgh Mystery Lovers Society panelists will provide insights into their lives and writing, including commonalities in their themes and plot devices, and how Doyle, the earlier author, whose works Christie had read, may have influenced her writing.  We'll also explore their respective strengths as authors as well as their life experiences and career trajectories and how these impacted their works.  Finally, our panelists will explore the reasons why both Doyle's and Christie's stories and characters remain among the best loved and most enduring works of British mystery fiction.



The program will consist of:


  • A biographical overview with slide presentations for both authors.

  • A live, panel discussion moderated by Dr. Joe Coohill, producer of the popular Dr. Buzzkill podcast, which separates historical fact from myth.

  • A live Question and Answer period with the panelists.


MEMBERS LOGIN FOR FREE REGISTRATION.  For other guests, the cost is $10.00.  To become a member, visit the Britsburgh membership page.


Our distinguished panelists include:


Jim Zunic - Is a founding member of the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers, a Pittsburgh-based Sherlock Holmes appreciation society, named after the British Army regiment in which Sherlock Holmes’s friend, Dr. John Watson, would have served, had he been a real person. (But for many members of the Fusiliers, Holmes, Watson and their arch-enemy James Moriarty are every bit as real as Franco Harris or Mayor Bill Peduto!)  Members continue to meet monthly to read and discuss Conan Doyle’s four novels and 56 short stories. The Fusiliers is a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, the first Sherlockian literary society in the world.  For information about joining the Fusiliers, contact Len Barcousky at


Kim Szczypinski - Is Vice President and Secretary of Britsburgh and leads its History Society.  She is Study Abroad Coordinator at Duquesne University, for which she has also taught courses and led study abroad tours to Europe about the First World War.



About Virtual Britsburgh

Starved of theatre, literature, cultural activities during the pandemic? Yes? Then this is for you. Britsburgh is taking its programs online during the pandemic via the  Zoom Video Conference App, You will experience aspects of theatre, readings, history, literature, interviews and more. Once you log on, your Virtual Host will make sure you can see and hear us, but we can’t hear or see you. The events are live and the experience is remarkable!


How to watch Virtual Britsburgh?

  1. Register for the event - It's free for Britsburgh members!  To become a member, visit the Britsburgh membership page.

  2. Please donate what you can. The pandemic has necessitated that Britsburgh, like so many organizations, temporarily pause its in-person programming.  Your much appreciated contribution will help us keep Britsburgh's programming strong when we return to live programs and the organization viable for the long-term.  Thank you in advance for your support!

  3. Please consider becoming a Britsburgh member, which will help us through the next year and entitle you to member discounts for our future events (both live and virtual) and a select number of member-only events.

  4. You will receive a registration confirmation with a link to the event and a password.

  5. We suggest you join the event 10-15 minutes before the event start time. You will be placed into a waiting room where your event host will check you against your registration. If you have not registered you won't be allowed into the event.

  6. The audience will be able to watch but your event host will make sure we can't see or hear you. If you wish to ask a question you can do so by using the chat function or in the Q&A section you can raise your hand and the host will unmute you.

  7. Adjust your Zoom settings. To fully enjoy the performance you will need to adjust the settings on the Zoom app so you can only see the performers, and not the whole audience. Here are the instructions on how to do it. But don’t worry, we’ll make sure everyone is ready before starting the event! 

  8. Important: Please make sure your Zoom name is your full name so that you can be ticked off the registration list. If the host cannot identify you, you will be ejected from the event.


This presentation is open to everyone.


Explore fascinating British-themed topics with the guidance of experts and enjoy the company and conversation of fellow enthusiasts as a member of the Britsburgh Society. Society members enjoy our Britsburgh Arts Society, the Britsburgh Beer Society, the Britsburgh History Society, the Britsburgh Literary Society, the new Britsburgh British Mystery Lovers Society, the Britsburgh Tea Society, and the new Britsburgh Travel Society. If you are not already a member, I would like to invite you to consider becoming a Britsburgh Society member. To become a member, visit the Britsburgh membership page.




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