Agatha Christie

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Born: 15 September 1890, Torquay

Died: 12 January 1976, Winterbrook, UK

The Queen of Crime; the Mistress of Misdirection; the Dame of Death.  Deservedly the most famous of all detective writers, a writer of universal appeal.  She is the most popular writer in history, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare, and continues not only to be read but adapted for film and television, both in her native Britain and in countries as far afield as Russia and Japan.

Detectives:

  • Hercule Poirot
  • Miss Jane Marple
  • Tommy & Tuppence Beresford

What they say…

John Dickson Carr

Agatha Christie is the Queen of Crime, the Sixteen-String Jack of Murder.  She has probably invented more ways of bamboozling the reader than any other living writer.  Any young writer would find a whole course of instruction by studying her novels watching the deft characterisation while in full view she palms the ace.  All honour and gratitude to her.

Ellery Queen

Agatha Christie has long been one of our favourite mystery writers.  Surely she is one of the most imaginative and fertile plot creators of all time.

New Statesman

Mrs. Christie has held the throne of detection for the last ten years and brooks no rival near her.

Bystander

Agatha Christie is the best of all crime novelists.  What a thing it is to read an author who never lets you down.


Works

  1.  The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920; Poirot)
  2. The Secret Adversary (1922; Tommy & Tuppence)
  3. The Murder on the Links (1923; Poirot)
  4. Poirot Investigates (1924; short stories)
  5. The Man in the Brown Suit (1924)
  6. The Secret of Chimneys (1925)
  7. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926; Poirot)
  8. The Big Four (1927; Poirot)
  9. The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928; Poirot)
  10. The Seven Dials Mystery (1929)
  11. Partners in Crime (1929; Tommy & Tuppence; short stories)
  12. The Mysterious Mr. Quin (1930; short stories)
  13. The Murder at the Vicarage (1930; Miss Marple)
  14. The Sittaford Mystery (1931; published in the US as The Murder at Hazelmoor)
  15. Peril at End House (1932; Poirot)
  16. The Thirteen Problems (1932; Miss Marple; short stories; published in the US as The Tuesday Club Murders)
  17. Lord Edgware Dies (1933; Poirot; published in the US as 13 at Dinner; Poirot)
  18. The Hound of Death (1933; short stories)
  19. Murder on the Orient Express (1934; Poirot; published in the US as Murder on the Calais Coach; Poirot)
  20. The Listerdale Mystery (1934; short stories)
  21. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (1934; published in the US as The Boomerang Clue)
  22. Parker Pyne Investigates (1934; published in the US as Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective; short stories)
  23. Three-Act Tragedy (1935; Poirot; published in the US as Murder in Three Acts)
  24. Death in the Clouds (1935; ; Poirot; published in the US as Death in the Air)
  25. The A. B. C. Murders (1936; Poirot)
  26. Murder in Mesopotamia (1936; Poirot)
  27. Cards on the Table (1936; Poirot)
  28. Murder in the Mews (1937; Poirot; short stories; published in the US as Dead Man’s Mirror)
  29. Dumb Witness (1937; published in the US as Poirot Loses a Client)
  30. Death on the Nile (1937; Poirot)
  31. Appointment with Death (1938; Poirot)
  32. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938; published in the US as Murder for Christmas; aka A Holiday for Murder)
  33. Murder is Easy (1939; published in the US as Easy to Kill)
  34. And Then There Were None (1939; first published in the UK as Ten Little Niggers; aka Ten Little Indians)
  35. The Regatta Mystery (1939; short stories; US only)
  36. Sad Cypress (1940; Poirot)
  37. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940; Poirot; published in the US as The Patriotic Murders; aka An Overdose of Death)
  38. Evil Under the Sun (1941; Poirot)
  39. N or M? (1941; Tommy & Tuppence)
  40. The Body in the Library (1942; Miss Marple)
  41. Five Little Pigs (1942; Poirot; published in the US as Murder in Retrospect)
  42. The Moving Finger (1943; Miss Marple)
  43. Towards Zero (1944)
  44. Death Comes as the End… (1945)
  45. Sparkling Cyanide (1945; published in the US as Remembered Death)
  46. The Hollow (1946; Poirot; published in the US as Murder After Hours)
  47. The Labours of Hercules (1947; Poirot; short stories)
  48. Taken at the Flood (1948; Poirot; published in the US as There is a Tide…)
  49. Crooked House (1949)
  50. The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (1949; short stories; US only)
  51. A Murder is Announced (1950; Miss Marple)
  52. Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (1950; short stories; US only)
  53. They Came to Baghdad (1951)
  54. The Underdog and Other Stories (1951; short stories; US only)
  55. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (1952; Poirot; aka Blood Will Tell)
  56. They Do It With Mirrors (1952; Miss Marple; published in the US as Murder with Mirrors)
  57. After the Funeral (1953; Poirot; published in the US as Funerals are Fatal; aka Murder at the Gallop)
  58. A Pocket Full of Rye (1953; Miss Marple)
  59. Destination Unknown (1954; published in the US as So Many Steps to Death)
  60. Hickory Dickory Dock (1955; Poirot; published in the US as Hickory Dickory Death)
  61. Dead Man’s Folly (1956; Poirot)
  62. 4.50 from Paddington (1957; Miss Marple; published in the US as What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!; aka Murder, She Said)
  63. Ordeal by Innocence (1958)
  64. Cat Among the Pigeons (1959; Poirot)
  65. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and Other Stories (1960; Poirot & Miss Marple; short stories)
  66. The Pale Horse (1961)
  67. Double Sin and Other Stories (1961; short stories; US only)
  68. The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side (1962; Miss Marple; published in the US as The Mirror Crack’d…)
  69. The Clocks (1963; Poirot)
  70. A Caribbean Mystery (1964; Miss Marple)
  71. At Bertram’s Hotel (1965; Miss Marple)
  72. Third Girl (1966; Poirot)
  73. Endless Night (1967)
  74. By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968; Tommy & Tuppence)
  75. Hallowe’en Party (1969; Poirot)
  76. Passenger to Frankfurt (1970)
  77. Nemesis (1971; Miss Marple)
  78. The Golden Ball and Other Stories (1971; short stories; US only)
  79. Elephants Can Remember (1972; Poirot)
  80. Postern of Fate (1973; Tommy & Tuppence)
  81. Poirot’s Early Cases (1974; short stories; published in the US as Hercule Poirot’s Early Cases)
  82. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case (1975)
  83. Sleeping Murder (1976; Miss Marple)
  84. The Mousetrap and Other Plays (1978)
  85. Miss Marple’s Final Cases (1979; short stories)
  86. Problem at Pollensa Bay (1991; short stories)
  87. While the Light Lasts (1997; short stories)