Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Update

The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge is run by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. It’s an open-ended challenge to read all of Agatha Christie’s books. I’m not attempting to read them in order (as Kerrie is doing) but reading them as I find them. So far I have read her Autobiography, 25 of her full length books and 2 of the collections of her short stories:

Progress in publication date order (the links are to my posts on the books):

  1. 1920 The Mysterious Affair At Styles
  2. 1922 The Secret Adversary
  3. 1924 The Man in the Brown Suit
  4. 1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  5. 1928 The Mystery of the Blue Train
  6. 1929 The Seven Dials Mystery
  7. 1932 Peril At End House
  8. 1934 Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (Aka The Boomerang Clue)
  9. 1936 The A.B.C. Murders
  10. 1937 Death on the Nile
  11. 1938 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
  12. 1939 Murder is Easy
  13. 1941 The Body in the Library
  14. 1946 The Hollow
  15. 1949 Crooked House
  16. 1953 A Pocket Full of Rye
  17. 1956 Dead Man’s Folly
  18. 1957 4.50 from Paddington
  19. 1961 The Pale Horse
  20. 1962 The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side
  21. 1964 A Caribbean Mystery
  22. 1968 By the Pricking of My Thumbs
  23. 1970 Passenger to Frankfurt
  24. 1972 Elephants Can Remember
  25. 1975 Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case (written in the 1940s)

Short Stories:

  1. 1932 The Thirteen Problems
  2. 1933 The Hound of Death


Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

I own a few more of her books, which I’ll be reading next:

  • Murder on the Orient Express (1934)
  • Dumb Witness (1937)
  • The Moving Finger (1942)
  • Taken at the Flood (1948)
  • They Do It With Mirrors (1952)
  • A Murder is Announced (1950)
  • They Came to Baghdad (1951)
  • The Golden Ball and Other Stories (1971)
  • Nemesis (1971)

I also have:

  • The Complete Parker Pyne: Private Eye,  which brings together the 14 stories featuring Mr Parker Pyne.
  • Miss Marple and Mystery: the Complete Short Stories.

5 thoughts on “Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Update

  1. Hi Margaret,
    Wow! That really is devotion above and beyond the call of duty.
    How long a period have you read those over?
    You must have read so many plots by now, that you should be able to write your own mystery adventure.
    Did you see the ITV adaptation of ‘Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?’, last week?


    1. Yvonne I first read some Agatha Christie books many years ago, but started again getting on for 4 years ago. I did see Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? last week. It was and wasn’t faithful to the book – I prefer the book!


  2. Very impressive! I’ve read only a smattering of her books and want to read the Miss Marples in order–am only on book three or so, however. You’re making great progress.


  3. I love this author, and you’ve done very well finding some of her earlier works. Good work/reading. I haven’t made my list yet.


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