The Christie Files

Dame Agatha Christie, Queen of Mystery and “Surfer Girl”. Yes, that’s right: It’s a little-known fact about Dame Agatha that is revealed in her autobiography – she was a surfer.

As far as mysteries go, Dame Agatha didn’t just write them and create a high standard for other authors to follow, but she created some, too. Most famously, she went missing for eleven days in 1926 which caused a sensation. Neither a massive police search nor seances organised by Arthur Conan Doyle were able to locate her. When she was eventually found in Harrogate she claimed she was suffering from a lapse of memory, leaving her disappearance open to more speculation than any of her novels. And famously, Dame Agatha never recovered her memory of that event.

The Reading List:

I’ve been a fan of Dame Agatha’s for a long time. I have read most of Dame Agatha’s mysteries in my teens (though mostly in translation) but as I am in the process of a re-read, I need a list to keep me right. I’ve limited my list to the novels at this point, but may add the short story collections later.

TitleDetectivesMy Rating
1920The Mysterious Affair at StylesHercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings, Inspector Japp
1922The Secret AdversaryTommy and Tuppence
1923The Murder on the LinksHercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings, Monsieur Giraud
1924The Man in the Brown SuitColonel Race
Anne Beddingfeld
1925The Secret of ChimneysSuperintendent Battle
Anthony Cade
1926The Murder of Roger AckroydHercule Poirot
Inspector Raglan
1927The Big FourHercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings, Inspector Japp
1928The Mystery of the Blue TrainHercule Poirot
1929The Seven Dials MysterySuperintendent Battle
Eileen “Bundle” Brent
1930The Murder at the VicarageMiss Marple
Inspector Slack
1931The Sittaford Mystery
also Murder at Hazelmoor
Emily Trefusis
Inspector Narracott
1932Peril at End HouseHercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings, Inspector Japp
1933Lord Edgware Dies
also Thirteen at Dinner
Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings, Inspector Japp
1934Murder on the Orient Express
also Murder in the Calais Coach
Hercule Poirot
1934Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?
also The Boomerang Clue
Bobby Jones
Frankie Derwent
1935Three Act Tragedy
also Murder in Three Acts
Hercule Poirot
Mr. Satterthwaite
1935Death in the Clouds
also Death in the Air
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Japp
1936The A.B.C. Murders
also The Alphabet Murders
Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings, Chief Inspector Japp
1936Murder in MesopotamiaHercule Poirot
Captain Maitland, Dr. Reilly
1936Cards on the TableHercule Poirot
Colonel Race, Superintendent Battle, Ariadne Oliver
1937Dumb Witness
also Poirot Loses a Client/Mystery at Littlegreen House
Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings
1937Death on the NileHercule Poirot
Colonel Race
1938Appointment with DeathHercule Poirot
1938Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
also Murder for Christmas/A Holiday for Murder
Hercule Poirot
1939Murder is Easy
also Easy to Kill
Superintendent Battle
Luke Fitzwilliam
1939And Then There Were NoneSir Thomas Legge
Inspector Maine
1940Sad CypressHercule Poirot
1940One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
also An Overdose of Death/The Patriotic Murders
Hercule Poirot
Chief Inspector Japp
1941Evil Under the SunHercule Poirot
Colonel Weston, Inspector Colgate
1941N or M?Tommy and Tuppence
1942The Body in the LibraryMiss Marple
Inspector Slack
1942Five Little Pigs
also Murder in Retrospect
Hercule Poirot
1942The Moving Finger
also The Case of the Moving Finger
Miss Marple
1944Towards Zero
also Come and Be Hanged
Superintendent Battle
Inspector James Leach
1944Death Comes as the EndHori
1945Sparkling Cyanide
also Remembered Death
Colonel Race
Chief Inspector Kemp
1946The Hollow
also Murder After Hours
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Grange
1948Taken at the Flood
also There is a Tide…
Hercule Poirot
Superintendent Spence
1949Crooked HouseCharles Hayward
Chief Inspector Taverner
1950A Murder is AnnouncedMiss Marple
Chief Inspector Craddock
1951They Came to BaghdadVictoria Jones
1952Mrs McGinty’s Dead
also Blood Will Tell
Hercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver, Superintendent Spence
1952They Do It with Mirrors
also Murder with Mirrors
Miss Marple
Inspector Curry
1953After the Funeral
also Funerals are Fatal
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Morton, Mr. Goby
1953A Pocket Full of RyeMiss Marple
1954Destination Unknown
also So Many Steps to Death
Mr. Jessop, Captain Leblanc
1955Hickory Dickory Dock
also Hickory Dickory Death
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Sharpe
1956Dead Man’s FollyHercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver
19574.50 from Paddington
also What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!/Murder She Said
Miss Marple
Chief Inspector Craddock, Lucy Eyelesbarrow
1958Ordeal by InnocenceArthur Calgary
Superintendent Huish
1959Cat Among the PigeonsHercule Poirot
Inspector Kelsey, Adam Goodman
1961The Pale HorseInspector Lejeune
Ariadne Oliver, Mark Easterbrook
1962The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side
also The Mirror Crack’d
Miss Marple
Chief Inspector Craddock
1963The ClocksHercule Poirot
Det. Inspector Hardcastle, Colin Lamb
1964A Caribbean MysteryMiss Marple
1965At Bertram’s HotelMiss Marple
Chief Inspector Fred “Father” Davy
1966Third GirlHercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver, Chief Inspector Neele, Mr. Goby
1967Endless NightSergeant Keene
1968By the Pricking of My ThumbsTommy and Tuppence
1969Hallowe’en PartyHercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver, Superintendent Spence
1970Passenger to FrankfurtStafford Nye
1971NemesisMiss Marple
1972Elephants Can RememberHercule Poirot
Ariadne Oliver
1973Postern of Fate
Last novel Christie wrote
Tommy and Tuppence
Poirot’s last case, written 36 years earlier.
Hercule Poirot
Arthur Hastings
1976Sleeping Murder
Miss Marple’s last case, written 36 years earlier
Miss Marple

The Short Stories:

Work in Progress!

Other works by Dame Agatha:

Work in Progress!

Books about Dame Agatha:

Work in Progress!

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