Agatha Christie Reading Challenge: My Progress

The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge is an open-ended challenge to read all of Agatha Christie’s books and short stories, run by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. I first read some of Christie’s books when I was a teenager and hadn’t read any for years until I borrowed a copy of The Crooked House from my local library three years ago. This reminded me of how much I had enjoyed her books and set me off reading them again. Over the years I must have read a good number of them but had never kept any records of what I read at the time.

So when I saw that Kerrie was running this challenge I decided to join in. It’s one of the best challenges out, for me at least, because all you have to do is read Agatha Christie’s books at your own pace and link to the Agatha Christie Carnival once a month. There’s no pressure to meet any deadlines – if you haven’t read any Christie books for the Carnival that’s OK and you just carry on reading when you like.

I’m not even trying to read them in the order they were published, even though Kerrie and some others are, because I’m reading books I already own or books that I find in librarys and/or bookshops. So far I’ve read 17 and 2 collections of her short stories – I’ve listed them on a separate page.

My latest find is 4.50 from Paddington, which I received from Juxtabook as part of my prize in her recent competition. Catherine described this book as a ‘rather aged paperback’ and it is, but then it is 50 years old, published in 1960 for just 2/6 (in old money). It may be old and faded, but because it was published soon after Agatha Christie wrote it, it has a contemporary feel about it. I’ve watched so many TV and film versions, with different actors playing the part of Miss Marple, some more successfully than others that it’s interesting to see this book. I’m not sure who the woman on the front cover is meant to portray – surely not Miss Marple?

And this is the back cover – really that’s all the blurb you need to capture your interest.

This will be my next Agatha Christie book to read.

5 thoughts on “Agatha Christie Reading Challenge: My Progress

  1. I sort of like these older editions with their faintly pulpy-looking covers. As I’ve started reading Agatha Christie maybe I should join the challenge as well. At the moment I am reading Thirteen Problems, one of the Miss Marple collections of stories. I’m trying to read her mysteries in order since I happened to pick up the first one to read recently (I’ve read Poirot mysteries but hadn’t read any of Miss Marple’s).


  2. I love 4:50 FROM PADDINGTON. Well, I love all the Miss Marple books, but I think this one is rather interesting. I like lots of characters and big families in country houses. The lady on the front of the cover would be Lucy Eylesbarrow. You’ll find out who she is when you read it, but I always wished her character had appeared in other books as well. I liked her very, very much. Looking forward to what you think about this one, Margaret.


  3. Though they have a tendency to disintegration I am rather fond of those early paperbacks of popular fiction. As you say the blurb really gets to the point! Coincidentally 4.50 was the first Christie I read, when I was about 12. I was quicky hooked!

    I am glad you were pleased with the books anyway.


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