The Lost Days of Agatha Christie

The persistent effort of so-called modern minds to explain mysteries can yield nothing in the long run but the nostalgic satisfaction of the small boy who discovers at last that his mechanical duck was made up of two wheels, three springs and a screw — objects which are doubtless reassuring, but he has lost his mechanical duck, and he has usually not found an explanation as to how it works.

· Carole Owens, The Lost Days of Agatha Christie