Agatha Christie Books You Should Read
Where would you start with Agatha Christie? One could debate and argue over her best books for days. She could be described as the 20th century’s Sir Canon Doyle. Her love of writing mystery novels and thrillers carved her name into the channels of history. She wrote 73 books during her lifetime. Again, we compiled the best Agatha Christie books you should read to thrill.
And Then There Were None (1939)
This novel is probably Christie’s most well-known and her best novel overall. The title was originally much different and has since been changed to the title we know now. Ten people are lured onto an island. They all have one thing in common. I’m not going to tell you any more about it. The Novel has sold over 100 Million copies worldwide and hopefully you will pick up a copy.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
This novel has been voted the most crime novel of all time and features one of Christie’s out controversial endings to any of her stories. It is well known, and still a fantastic read. If you are a fan of this genre, this one needs to be on your bookshelf.
Murder on the Orient Express (1934)
Poirot is called back to London and is approached on the train by a man who thinks he is going to be killed. Will Poirot stop the murder or solve it?
A Murder is Announced (1950)
Miss Marple is back in this story, and it features a store owner who received an invitation to murder on the upcoming Friday. Who committed the Crime?
Sad Cypress (1940)
This one is probably not the best of the Poirot series, but I put it this high on the list because of its different nature to others in the series. A large part of the story takes place in a courtroom and not in the field.
Death on the Nile (1937)
Poirot is on the Nile and is tasked with solving yet another murder. I know by now you are so tired of reading his name, but trust me this series is a great one. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you should check out Poirot.
Murder is Easy (1939)
This novel is standalone for the most part. Superintendent Battle comes in toward the end to give her fans a bit of familiarity but otherwise it is completely on its own. It is often recognized as one of her better novels. I would have to agree.
Five Little Pigs (1942)
Guess who is back? If you guessed Poirot, you would be right. It is where we get out of the deep cuts, and we get to the more popular of her novels. Poirot is faced with the task of clearing a woman’s name. She was accused of murder in a pretty cut and dry case, or was it?
This is the last of the Poirot series. It serves as a reunion of older characters from her past stories and wraps up the series nicely. It does also have a murder because what would a Poirot book be without one.
Evil Under the Sun (1941)
This is another in the many Poirot series. The story involves a little of everything. Love, mystery, betrayal, death.
Crooked House (1949)
Christie has said that this novel is one of her favorites, and yet it is one of the five that have never been made into an on-screen adaptation. It is a love story/mystery that takes place toward the end of World War Two.
The Hollow (1946)
The Hollow is another in the Poirot series. This one follow Poirot as he has to determine if the wife did it or if it was something more supernatural. One of the more compelling stories by Christie and is worth the read. It was turned into a TV movie in 2006.
Towards Zero (1944)
This is the final book in the Superintendent Battle series and is maybe the best of the series. Fans of the character were sad to see it leave, but the resolution satisfies most.
Peril at End House (1932)
It is another deep cut of Christie’s books, but it is still a pretty great mystery. Can Poirot prevent the murder of a fellow resident at a resort?
The ABC Murders (1936)
Christie loved writing Poirot. In this novel, Poirot must find the connection between three murder victims whose names start with A, B, and C respectively.
Death in the Clouds (1935)
Poirot is back again in this murder mystery. This time, he must solve the murder of a passenger aboard an aircraft. Was it an allergic reaction to a wasp sting or something more sinister?
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938)
The seasons are spoiled by death in this mystery/thriller by Christie. The plot is reminiscent of Clue. A group of people is invited over for the holidays, and one turns up dead. Christie’s story stands apart in its writing and execution.
Mystery of the Blue Train (1928)
This novel is another in the Poirot series and follows Poirot trying to solve the murder of a young woman on board the Blue Train. It is one of Christie’s novels that were portrayed on TV. This time as a part of “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” in 2006.
The Moving Finger (1942)
Miss Marple is back in this love story/thriller. I think this is an excellent opportunity to bring up the TV series that was made about Miss Marple based on Christie’s books. This story is portrayed in the second season. The title of the show is “Agatha Christie’s Marple” if you’re interested.
Sparking Cyanide (1945)
This book is worth the read just for the ending. Christie masterfully crafts the story to a climactic ending that makes most readers wonder where she came up with it. If you are a fan of twists and turns in a plot, this is a must read.
Sleeping Murder (1976)
The last book of Christie’s to be published, it wraps up the Miss Marble series. It was written in the 1940s but only released in ’76. Miss Marble is tasked with solving the murder of a maid, who’s body was found in a train station.
The Man in the Brown Suit (1924)
This book was made into a movie, but as with most, the book is better than the film. The thriller has a captivating story of diamond theft, political dealings, and murder. If you have seen the movie, I implore you to check out the book. If you haven’t done either, check them both out.
Cards on the Table (1936)
Cards on the table is a unique book. It is a part of the Poirot series and is one of the most captivating of the series. It deals with four people as suspects, four people as a detective and well, I can’t say much more without spoiling the ending.
Endless Night (1967)
This book is one of Christie’s most intense, and yet not one of her most popular. I think if you are looking for a thriller, you need to check this one out. It is a deep cut in her chronology, but you won’t be wasting your time.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
This novel was the first in her immensely popular Hercule Poirot series and was her first novel ever. She cuts her teeth here a little, and one could nitpick it apart and find things to complain about, but it is a pretty strong start for a first-time novelist.