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Agatha Christie

I find this old Guardian article on Agatha Christie’s top 10 mysteries. Delicious list; including the unforgettable The Murder of Roger Ackryod and Murder on Orient Express. I haven’t heard of some of the titles: Peril at End House, The ABC Murders, Crooked House and Endless Night. I came up with this article since I’m planning to re-read And Then There Were None, and along the way some unheard-of titles. The audio book sounds spooky…

16 Responses

  1. I have re-read Crooked House numerous times. Endless Night to is very good. But then Christie’s novels never disappoint. I have read almost all her books. Now my niece has got hold of my collection.

    • I’m so jealous of your niece! The great thing about Christie is that I can always re-read the mysteries and remember nothing about them, except for one or two.

  2. I’ve heard of The ABC Murders, but that’s the only one out of that bunch, I think. And of course, even though I read And Then There Were None, I have no memory of it at all!

    • And Then There Were None…the title says it all. It’s one of the very few that I know the ending right off the bat. It’s the process in which those folks disappear/perish that creeps me out!

  3. Thanks for bringing us this article. I’m a Christie fan, though I’ve been mostly exposed to her work through the dramatizations. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is an exception, thanks to you — I actually read that one (I confess I was very surprised at the end). But I think I’d enjoy actually reading many of them even though I already know “who done it.” The entertainment consists in absorbing the details.

    • I don’t remember most of the “whodunits” except for the very memorable Murder on the Orient Express. That makes Christie a big comfort read for me. 🙂

  4. She seems to be going through abit of a revival at the moment. I have never read any of her books which is something I want to put right soon.

  5. Being a lover of mysteries, I’m shamed to say I’ve never read her. It really makes me wonder what I’ve been doing all my life.

    • Wow I’m very surprised to hear that, Sandy! Christie is to me more old-school type of mystery writer. Lots of red herrings and twists and turns.I enjoy reading her because usually I don’t know who’s dunit until she releases the murderer at the end.

  6. I need to reread all those Agatha Christies! I got addicted to Christie when I was fourteen and read pretty much all her books.

  7. One of the joys of having a poor memory is being able to reread Agatha Christie and not remember the ending! I love Miss Marple, not just for the whodunnit plot, but also for the domestic details, her struggle to find good “help,” neighbourhood gossip, etc. I recommend Christie’s autobiography, too.

  8. I’m very much with you. I don’t remember anything about most of the endings except for And Then There Were None (duh…) and Murder on the Orient Express. I haven’t read any of the Miss Marple mysteries so I’ve got a lot to catch up.

  9. I heartily recommend The Secret Adversary, and Why Didn’t They Ask Evans (retitled The Boomerang Clue for US readers). Does anyone remember that And Then There Were None was released in Britain under the alternate title of Ten Little N******? You can imagine my shock when, as a sheltered college student, I ran across such a titled British printing at a used book store.

  10. […] And I’m not the only blogger renewing his or her interest in Christie’s works: Matt at A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook also recently came across the Guardian list and Simon at Savidge Reads seemed to thoroughly […]

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