Christie at 130: Great Agatha Christie Reads to Start With

Happy birthday to the Queen of Mystery! Today marks the 130th birthday anniversary of the great mystery writer, Agatha Christie. My love for Christie’s talent to web a good mystery is a recent discovery and the only I regret I have is that I didn’t discover her sooner! Her ability to create a good mystery and have you hooked from beginning to end is a feat that not every author can achieve.

Are you looking for a Christie novel but you don’t know which one to start with? Christie wrote 74 novels, 16 plays and 28 short story collections, so it may be hard to figure out which book to start. Here are some great book recs that will have you love Christie as mush as I do:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorp and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom? Suspects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Mary—from the heiress’s fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary.

With impeccable timing, and making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the case. (Credit: HarperCollins)

This book is in the public domain so it is freely accessible!

The Murder on the Links

An urgent cry for help brings Hercule Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face down in a shallow grave on a golf course.

But why is the dead man wearing an overcoat that is too big for him? And for whom was the impassioned love letter in the pocket? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.… (Credit: HarperCollins)

This book is in the public domain so it is freely accessible!

And Then There Were None

This is my all time favorite Agatha Christie book! If you are looking for a good book to start your Christie adventure with, you can’t go wrong with this mystery classic!

Ordeal by Innoncence

This one kept me on my toes! It definitely had me guessing from left to right who the murderer was. Another great Christie read for beginners!

Crooked House

If you loved And Then There Were None, this is another Christie novel that will blow you away. Not only will you have a hard time figuring out the culprit, you’ll also have a hard time accepting the ending!

The Murder at the Vicarage

This was my first Christie novel I ever read and made me just fall in love with Agatha Christie! It made me believe in mysteries again, that they don’t have to be bloody and gory in order for it be an intriguing mystery.

A Murder is Announced

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Jane Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which read: ‘A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6:30 p.m.’ Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the pointed time when, without warning, the lights go out … (Credit: HarperCollins)

Murder on the Orient Express

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

They Do It With Mirrors

With this one, the culprit was not as surprising, however, if you are looking for an entertaining mystery, you can’t go wrong with this one!

The ABC Murders

There’s a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. And as a macabre calling card he leaves beside each victim’s corpse the ABC Railway Guide open at the name of the town where the murder has taken place. Having begun with Andover, Bexhill and then Churston, there seems little chance of the murderer being caught – until he makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans. (Credit: HarperCollins)

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