The full name is a mouthful: James Carl David Bernthal-Hooker — but call me Jamie! I’m an academic with special interests in Agatha Christie and gender theory, who is currently a Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Suffolk.
In 2015, I gained an AHRC-funded PhD from the University of Exeter. Examiners praised my thesis for its clear argument and recommended it for publication in its current form. The resultant monograph, Queering Agatha Christie: Revisiting the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, was published by my first choice, Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. I am also the editor of The Ageless Agatha Christie: Essays on the Mysteries and the Legacy (2016) and co-editor, with Rebecca Mills, of Agatha Christie Goes to War (2020). I have two books out in 2022: The Bloomsbury Handbook to Agatha Christie (2022) co-edited with Mary Anna Evans, and Agatha Christie: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction (2022), an exhaustive guide to (nearly) everything the Queen of Crime wrote, published or unpublished.
Research interests include:
- Detective fiction
- ‘Middlebrow’ literature and culture
- Queer theory
- LGBT+ literature and culture
- Creative writing.
I live in Suffolk with my spouse, Dr. Alan Bernthal-Hooker, who researches the Bible and religion. In my spare time I write fiction and am involved in local theatre.