Thursday, 4 April 2013

Agatha Christie

She was one of the best detective writers of the 20th century. Agatha Christie was born in 1890. She came from a wealthy family, although money became a problem when her father died in 1901.
Agatha began writing early on, but her first novel was rejected. When the First World War broke out, Agatha became a volunteer at the hospital, learning a lot about medications and poisons. This knowlegde would come in handy later.
She married Archibald Christie in 1914 and after the war they settled in London. Archie found a job in the City.
Agatha decided to write a detective novel, and her first novel with Belgian detective Hercule Poirot became a success.
More books followed, but unfortunately her success as a writer did not stretch to her marriage. In 1926 Archie announced he had fallen in love with another woman and he wanted a divorce. Agatha disappeared for ten days and this is a very mysterious period in her life, she herself never said another word about those ten days.
She later married Max Mallowan, an archeologist who was a few years younger than she was. A couple of her books show some archeological influences.

She herself loved her creation Miss Marple more than she liked Hercule Poirot. Agatha Christie is at her best when she writes about clever murders in middle class families and especially when she can tinker around with poisons and different kinds of morphine etc. She is not so great when she tries to incorporate all kinds of new things in her stories, like drug using teenagers or even worse; international conspiracies.
But when it comes to plots, there is nobody more clever or better than Agatha Christie.

As for movie and tv adaptations, I love Joan Hickson as Miss Marple and for me there is no Poirot but David Suchet, although I really hate what this series is doing with certain plots and stories, inventing new story lines and changing the identity of the murderer.

Here is a very incomplete list of a couple of Agatha Christie’s books.

David Suchet as Hercule Poirot
The mysterious affair at Styles
And then there were none
The murder of Roger Ackroyd
Death on the Nile

Very good
The ABC murders
The pale horse
The endless night
Peril at end house
Also quite enjoyable
Murder at the Vicarage
Sparkling cyanide
The moving finger
Cat among the pigeons
Evil under the sun
Five little pigs
Murder in Mesopotamia
A murder is announced
Death comes at the end
Cards on the table

Joan Hickson as Miss Marple
A bit too much going on, but still good
The third girl
After the funeral
One, two, buckle my shoe

Avoid like the plague
They all came to Baghdad
The man in the brown suit
Passenger to Frankfurt
All the novels with Tommy and Tuppence in it


  1. Thank you for this profile on Agatha Christie... I find these kinds of posts very interesting.
    I'll definitely being using your recommendations as a guide in the future.

    1. Thank you very much, Jade, I hope this helps a little bit in deciding what Agatha to read first,but keep in mind, this is only my opinion! :-)

      kind regards,


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