The Agatha Christie Project


Agatha Christie surrounded by towering piles of her books
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Announcing the Agatha Christie Project!


I know there are many other people participating in their own Agatha Christie Projects, but this one is mine, a decision I made after realizing that I've only read maybe 5% of her novels, which isn't much in the grand total of 70+ books. My first introduction to Agatha Christie was as a teenager when my family first started watching the Poirot BBC series starring David Suchet. I was hooked from that point on, but being hooked did NOT include reading her books, at least, not until recently.

Why the sudden change, you ask? I dislike being tricked by current entertainment trends that change her plots around or her character personalities or even placing the stories in the wrong era altogether! I can give a little bit of grace for that last one, but not a lot, and here's why. Take, for example, Tommy and Tuppence from the 1930s. Are they going to have even remotely the same motives and life experience as a Tommy and Tuppence set in the 1950s? Their life experiences are different, their courtship would have been different, there hadn't been a second world war yet. All sorts of things crop up that are going to incrementally change the character personalities simply by moving them twenty years into the future.

I'd rather be informed than misinformed if that makes sense. I'd like to watch a new film adaptation and know immediately when it's faithful to Agatha Christie and when it isn't. Ironically, I do like Kenneth Branaugh as Hercule Poirot even though his is a much livelier and active incarnation. But at least he's not a brooding, depressed old man like John Malkovich's incarnation. 

Anyway, on we go, off to the races, and all that. I will try to read as much in chronological order for each series as possible. Even though the books don't interconnect other than the characters, I find that it's the best method to see how the author evolves in their writing voice.

Agatha Christie's signature

Miss Marple Series

The Murder at the Vicarage (1930)
The Thirteen Problems (1932, collection)
The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (1939, collection)
The Body in the Library (1942)
The Moving Finger (1943)
A Murder is Announced (1950)
Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (1950, collection)
A Pocket Full of Rye (1953)
4.50 from Paddington (1957)
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960, collection)
Double Sin and Other Stories (1961, collection)
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (1962)
A Caribbean Mystery (1964)
At Bertram's Hotel (1965)
Nemesis (1971)
Sleeping Murder (1976)
Miss Marple's Final Cases (1979, collection)

Hercule Poirot Series


Tommy and Tuppence Series

Other Agatha Christie Titles


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