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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Agatha Christie Reading Challenge (Perpetual)

This perpetual challenge is being hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise.

Here are the details copied from Kerrie's blog:

The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge is really a challenge in two parts.

Part One

My original idea with the challenge was that I would read the books of Agatha Christie in order of publication to see what I could learn about her development as a writer, her exploration of the genre, development of her main characters and so on.

I've continued to tackle that on two fronts: her novels and her short stories.

I invited other people to join me and some are attempting to read the novels in order as I am, while others are simply reading them as they come across them.

I invite you to join us on this reading journey, reading at your own pace, either in publication order, or not, as you please.

You can join by adding your name to the Mr Linky at the foot of this post.

I find that I am reading about a title a month, aiming for 12 a year.

As I read a new book, I write a review and post it on my blog.

I also write an update post, recording my progress so far.

If you click here, you will see examples of these posts. 

Part Two

The second part of the challenge is to be a participant in the monthly Agatha Christie Challenge Blog Carnival.

It is an opportunity to submit your Agatha Christie reviews and updates to each carnival.

So when you write a review or an update about your progress in the challenge, then the next step each time is to submit your post to the Carnival through the Mr Linky created for each month. Just put the title of your blog post and the URL.

If you want to join me in the challenge, just click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

Here is a list of the complete works of Agatha Christie:


Title Detectives
1920 The Mysterious Affair at Styles Hercule Poirot Arthur Hastings Inspector Japp
1922 The Secret Adversary Tommy and Tuppence
1922 The Murder on the Links Hercule Poirot Arthur Hastings
Monsieur Giraud
1924 The Man in the Brown Suit Colonel Race
Anne Beddingfeld
1925 The Secret of Chimneys Superintendent Battle
Anthony Cade
1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Hercule Poirot
Inspector Raglan
1927 The Big Four Hercule Poirot Arthur Hastings Inspector Japp
1928 The Mystery of the Blue Train Hercule Poirot
1929 The Seven Dials Mystery Superintendent Battle
Eileen "Bundle" Brent
1930 The Murder at the Vicarage Miss Marple
Inspector Slack
1931 The Sittaford Mystery
also Murder at Hazelmoor
Emily Trefusis
Inspector Narracott
1932 Peril at End House Hercule Poirot Arthur Hastings Inspector Japp
1933 Lord Edgware Dies
also Thirteen at Dinner
Hercule Poirot Arthur Hastings Inspector Japp
1934 Murder on the Orient Express
also Murder in the Calais Coach
Hercule Poirot
1934 Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
also The Boomerang Clue
Bobby Jones
Frankie Derwent
1935 Three Act Tragedy
also Murder in Three Acts
Hercule Poirot
Mr. Satterthwaite
1935 Death in the Clouds
also Death in the Air
Hercule Poirot Inspector Japp
1936 The A.B.C. Murders
also The Alphabet Murders
Hercule Poirot Arthur Hastings Chief Inspector Japp
1936 Murder in Mesopotamia Hercule Poirot
Captain Maitland
Dr. Reilly
1936 Cards on the Table Hercule Poirot Colonel Race Superintendent Battle Ariadne Oliver
1937 Dumb Witness
also Poirot Loses a Client
also Mystery at Littlegreen House
Hercule Poirot Arthur Hastings
1937 Death on the Nile Hercule Poirot Colonel Race
1938 Appointment with Death Hercule Poirot
1938 Hercule Poirot's Christmas
also Murder for Christmas
also A Holiday for Murder
Hercule Poirot
1939 Murder is Easy
also Easy to Kill
Superintendent Battle
Luke Fitzwilliam
1939 Ten Little Niggers
also And Then There Were None
also Ten Little Indians
Sir Thomas Legge
Inspector Maine
1940 Sad Cypress Hercule Poirot
1940 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
also An Overdose of Death
also The Patriotic Murders
Hercule Poirot Chief Inspector Japp
1941 Evil Under the Sun Hercule Poirot
Colonel Weston
Inspector Colgate
1941 N or M? Tommy and Tuppence
1942 The Body in the Library Miss Marple
Inspector Slack
1942 Five Little Pigs
also Murder in Retrospect
Hercule Poirot
1942 The Moving Finger
also The Case of the Moving Finger
Miss Marple
1944 Towards Zero
also Come and Be Hanged
Superintendent Battle
Inspector James Leach
1944 Death Comes as the End Hori
1945 Sparkling Cyanide
also Remembered Death
Colonel Race
1946 The Hollow
also Murder After Hours
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Grange
1948 Taken at the Flood
also There is a Tide...
Hercule Poirot
1949 Crooked House Charles Hayward
Chief Inspector Taverner
1950 A Murder is Announced Miss Marple
Chief Inspector Craddock
1951 They Came to Baghdad Victoria Jones
1952 Mrs McGinty's Dead
also Blood Will Tell
Hercule Poirot Ariadne Oliver
1952 They Do It with Mirrors
also Murder with Mirrors
Miss Marple
Inspector Curry
1953 After the Funeral
also Funerals are Fatal
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Morton
Mr. Goby
1953 A Pocket Full of Rye Miss Marple
1954 Destination Unknown
also So Many Steps to Death
Mr. Jessop
Captain Leblanc
1955 Hickory Dickory Dock
also Hickory Dickory Death
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Sharpe
1956 Dead Man's Folly Hercule Poirot Ariadne Oliver
1957 4.50 from Paddington
also What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!
also Murder She Said
Miss Marple
Chief Inspector Craddock
1958 Ordeal by Innocence Arthur Calgary
Superintendent Huish
1959 Cat Among the Pigeons Hercule Poirot
Inspector Kelsey
Adam Goodman
1961 The Pale Horse Inspector Lejeune Ariadne Oliver
Mark Easterbrook
1962 The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
also The Mirror Crack'd
Miss Marple
Chief Inspector Craddock
1963 The Clocks Hercule Poirot
Det. Inspector Hardcastle
Colin Lamb
1964 A Caribbean Mystery Miss Marple
1965 At Bertram's Hotel Miss Marple
1966 Third Girl Hercule Poirot Ariadne Oliver
Chief Inspector Neele
Mr. Goby
1967 Endless Night Sergeant Keen
1968 By the Pricking of My Thumbs Tommy and Tuppence
1969 Hallowe'en Party Hercule Poirot Ariadne Oliver
1970 Passenger to Frankfurt Stafford Nye
1971 Nemesis Miss Marple
1972 Elephants Can Remember Hercule Poirot Ariadne Oliver
1973 Postern of Fate
Last novel Christie wrote
Tommy and Tuppence
1975 Curtain
Poirot's last case, written about 35 years earlier.
Hercule Poirot Arthur Hastings
1976 Sleeping Murder
Miss Marple's last case, written about 35 years earlier
Miss Marple


Collections of short stories

In addition to her novels, Christie published 150 short stories in her career. Almost all of these were written for publication in fiction magazines with over half of them first appearing in the 1920s. They were then published in book form in various collections, some of which were identical in the UK and US (e.g. The Labours of Hercules) and others where publication took place in one market but not the other.

Twelve of the stories which were published in The Sketch magazine in 1924 under the sub-heading of The Man who was No. 4 were joined in one continuous narrative in the novel The Big Four in 1927. Four other stories, "The Submarine Plans" (1923), "Christmas Adventure" (1923), "The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest" (1932) and "The Second Gong" (1932), were expanded into longer narratives by Christie (respectively The Incredible Theft, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, The Mystery of the Spanish Chest and Dead Man's Mirror, although the shorter versions of all four have also been published in the UK).
Only one short story remains unpublished in the UK in book form: "Three Blind Mice" (1948), on which Christie placed a moratorium whilst the stage play based on the story, The Mousetrap, was still running in the West End. Prior to this the story was published in four installments in the weekly magazine Woman's Own in the issues dated December 31, 1948 to January 21, 1949 with illustrations by K. J. Petts.
In the US, the story "Christmas Adventure" has not been published in book form.
The main collections in both markets are:

In addition, various collections have been published over the years which re-print short stories which have previously appeared in other collections - e.g. Surprise, Surprise! (1965 in the US). On occasion, besides the reprinted material these collections have sometimes contained the first book printing of an individual story - e.g. The Market Basing Mystery in the UK version of Thirteen for Luck! (1966) which later appeared in the same market in Poirot's Early Cases.


Romance novels written under the pen name Mary Westmacott




Radio Plays


Television Plays

  • 1937 Wasp's Nest (Based on the short story of the same name)




Other published works


Co-authored works

I am not planning to read in order. I am linking up my reviews as I go:
  1. Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie


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