Agatha Christie, one of the leading crime mystery writers during her times is very much known for creation of popular novel characters like Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, Parker Pyne, Harley Quinn. Her stories made of ingenious plots, complex motives, complicated characters, gathering of clues and finally a twist to the tale brought a new dimension in crime literature. Below are our top picks of Agatha Christie novels
Published in 1920 it was the first crime novel by Christie that featured the famous Hercule Poirot for the first time. The plot revolves around the death of elder lady at her mansion in Styles where Poirot and his friend Hasting stay. With every person in the mansion having a fair motive to murder, it’s up to Poirot to solve the mystery.
Probably the best of Christie, this novel introduced third person narrative and popularized it. The plot opens with the death of Mr.Roger Ackroyd, a close friend of Poirot and ends with a twist as to whether Poirot solved the mystery or not.
Published in 1934 featuring Poirot, the novel deals with a mystery surrounding the death of an American passenger abroad “The Orient Express”. The novel is very much known for its ingenious solution as to who killed the American.
Published in 1942 featuring Poirot, the novel is about solving the mystery related to a murder that happened sixteen years before. This novel is very much known for solving the murder based only on proper introspection of testimonials to the murder without any access to the crime scenario.
A Murder Is Announced
Published in 1950 featuring Marple, the plot begins with a headline in a local newspaper stating “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m. Friends accept this, the only intimation.” and thickens when a murder takes place as announced. It’s finally left to Marple’s intelligence and wit in solving the mystery.
Featuring Poirot published in 1936, the novel deals with a maniac murdering people whose names start in an alphabetical order. With no tangible reasons for those murders it challenges Poirot expertise and smartness, it’s finally up to Poirot in unraveling the mystery surrounding those murders.
Again featuring Poirot, published in 1934 it deals with a back to back deaths due to poisoning. With lack of evidence suggesting poisoning and absence of connections between those deaths, it’s left to Poirot to nab the murderer.
One of the most popular works of Christie, the plot deals with ten unknown strangers who arrive on an island at the behest of invitation from an unknown person. With no person other than the guests, each one of them begins to die in a mysterious way raising doubts and suspicions among every guests present and confuses the reader as to motives and identity of the murderer .
Poirot’s final appearance in Christie’s novel, published in 1975 the plot is about a series of murders happening in Styles Manor (same location in Christie’s first novel). With motive and natures of each murder completely contrasting, Poirot is left with a difficult task of identifying the murderer and solve the mystery.
Written under a pen name”Mary Westmacott”, the novel deals with harsh unacceptable realities in the life of Joan Scudamore. The novel is very much known for portrayal of psychological and emotional sides of various characters in the novel.
Other Notable Mentions
- Death on the Nile
- Murder on Links
- Peril at End House
- Evil Under the Sun
- After the Funeral
- 4.50 from Paddington