Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) wrote suspense, thriller and mystery fiction.
I can’t imagine there is anyone out there who doesn’t know who Agatha Christie is… perhaps they’ve not read one of her books, or seen a TV/Film adaption, but the name must ring a bell. Just in case… huge fiction writer in the early/mid 20th century known as England’s Grand Dame of mysteries. She’s produced ~70 books in her lifetime, many focused on popular characters such as Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy & Tuppence; however, there are also non-series books that are as equally compelling.
Miss Christie herself also had a bit of a mystery when she disappeared for months. To this day, many people still wonder whether it was staged or real. It’s an interesting story because she was considered quite famous at the time — no one would believe she’d stage such a thing, but then again… think about all her characters! I’ll leave it at that… let you have a bit of a puzzle to go in search of what really happened.
Mystery fiction is my favorite genre, and it’s because of Agatha Christie. The ingenuity built into the plots is often so clever, you will never be able to guess it; yet when you finally get to the reveal, it makes 100% perfect sense. In “And Then There Were None,” my all-time favorite of her books, ten people are invited to an island where one-by-one, they are murdered according to a poem they found in the remote house. It’s a bit of a controversial book in that the title was changed a few times; it had previously been called ‘Ten Little Indians,’ but far worse, it once held a name using the nasty ‘n’ word. Although it was ~100 years ago, and didn’t necessarily have as bad/awful/shameful a connotation as it’s grown to have, it was still a shock when I learned about it years ago. As it’s clearly WRONG, I won’t go into it anymore, but it did give me some concern when reading the books. Ignoring that for a moment (as the plot is purely about murder and revenge), the story is absolutely top notch.
When I need something brilliant and curious, I will always turn to a Christie. I love the inherent English tradition within them. When they visit the Middle East or India, it’s quite eye-opening to see how people (both the English and the native inhabitants) behaved in foreign lands at that time. Some of the dialogue and words are peculiar, which makes me want to look up more about the culture to get a better sense of reality. It’s engaging and analytical. I can usually push through one of her novels over 3 hours in one sitting, as you don’t want to put them down.
If you’ve never read a Christie, but want to… ask for a recommendation! If you want to buddy-read one with me this year, let me know. I’d love to share this author with others and have a great discussion about their beauty. And we can use our ‘little grey cells’ together. Check out the April 2018 Agatha Christie Readathon we ran, too. Plus a special guest post covering a few of the books by Janet’s Smiles.
Links To Learn More About Miss Christie
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Book Series – Hercule Poirot Mysteries
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
- Peril at End House (1932)
- Murder on the Orient Express (1934)
- Death on the Nile (1937)
- Sad Cypress (1940)
- Evil Under the Sun (1941)
- Five Little Pigs (1942)
Book Series – Miss Marple Mysteries
- Murder at the Vicarage (1930)
- The Thirteen Problems (1932)
- The Body in the Library (1942)
- A Murder is Announced (1950)
Book Series – Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries
Note 1: If there is an active link, I’ve completed a review.
Note 2: There are many more books that I haven’t read, so the # assigned is not necessarily the order in which to read the books.