Everyone who likes to read has heard about Agatha Christie and her books. If you haven’t, then you are probably living under a rock. With more than seventy novels, plays, and short stories to her name, Christie remains one of history’s most prolific and influential writers. Agatha Christie is the Grand Dame of crime fiction. Here are a few books by her that everyone should read at least once.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
This book has the greatest twist ever in the history of mystery stories. Hercule Poirot has retired to the village of King’s Abbot to cultivate marrows. But when wealthy Roger Ackroyd is found stabbed in his study, he agrees to investigate. A typical village murder mystery; or so it seems until the last chapter with its stunning revelation.
Peril at End House
The impoverished owner of End House hosts a party where fireworks camouflage the shot that kills her cousin. Which of the other guests is a murderer? Perfectly paced, with subtle and ingenious clueing, and an unexpected but totally logical solution.
Murder on the Orient Express
This is one of Christie’s most famous work. The glamorous Orient Express stops during the night, blocked by snowdrifts. The next morning the mysterious Mr. Ratchett is found stabbed in his compartment and untrodden snow shows that the killer is still on board. As Poirot begins his investigation, he finds evidence connecting all the passengers in the train (the deceased included) to a kidnapping and murder that occurred years before. It is now up to the detective to piece together all the information, uncover hidden identities, and reveal the guilty party — all while trapped on a train with a murderer.
The ABC Murders
Despite advance warnings, Poirot is unable to prevent the murders of Alice Ascher, Betty Barnard and Carmichael Clarke. Can he stop the ABC Killer before he reaches D?
The A.B.C. Murders offers us one of the earliest examples of a “serial killer” in literature. In fact, before this book, the term “serial killer” didn’t even exist! You can thank Agatha Christie for that one.
And Then There Were None
Ten people are invited to an island for the weekend. Although they all harbor a secret, they remain unsuspecting until they begin to die, one by one, until eventually … there are none. Panic ensues when the diminishing group realizes that one of their own numbers is the killer.
Five Little Pigs
Sixteen years after being convicted for the murder of her husband, Caroline Crale writes a letter to her daughter, Carla, pleading her innocence. After her mother’s death, Carla reaches out to none other than Hercule Poirot — in a desperate attempt to discover what really happened the day her father was killed.
Death on the Nile
As a wealthy socialite, Linnet Ridgeway has it all: money, looks, and the husband of her dreams. But while on a Nile cruise, the newlyweds’ honeymoon takes a turn for the worse when Linnet is found dead from a shot to the head. Forced to cut his own vacation short, Poirot investigates those on board the steamer, searching for clues regarding Linnet’s murder — with pressure mounting as more deaths occur on the ship.
Aristide, the wealthy patriarch of the Leonides family, has been found poisoned with his own eye medicine. And with three generations of his family living in his sprawling mansion, there’s a multitude of suspects with ample motives and opportunities to commit the crime.
Meanwhile, Charles Hayward is a criminologist recently returned from Cairo at the end of the Second World War — and his fiancée is Aristide’s granddaughter. Invested in the case through his connection to the family, he sets off to find the true culprit.
Narrator Michael Rogers is a working-class dabbler who marries wealthy heiress Ellie Guteman. Warned by an elderly fortune-teller that she should leave the village or be cursed, Ellie begins to obsess over the dangers that surround her. Eventually, Ellie’s body is found in the woods… and as a series of deaths unravels, the one responsible for the murders must be discovered in order to avenge her.