Agatha Christie Reading Challenge

It all begun one winter’s night around Christmas 2017. We were staying in a cottage in the middle of nowhere not far from the Scottish border and I did what I do when I stay in a cottage. I scanned the bookshelves.

There was the usual mixture of John Grisham and sappy romance but hidden among it all was a thin collection of short stories.

I was sure I had read some Agatha Christie in the past. I couldn’t have told you what it was or when, but in reality no, I hadn’t read anything of hers. I may have seen many a film and television adaptation, but I had never actually taken the time to read any of her work.

So I started reading and I was instantly hooked.

And then I got this for my birthday in January 2018.

Below chronicles by journey through the Agatha Christie’s back catalogue. I have listed the titles by type (novel/short story), then by character and then in first publication order. This mirrors the information provided on agathachristie.com. I’m not including plays that Christie wrote (or novelizations of her plays written by others).

Although there is no time limit to this challenge, I am aiming to read another 10 during 2019 as part of the Goodreads ‘An Authors Work‘ challenge. 

Short Stories

Hercule Poirot

  • The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor (1924)
  • The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge (1924)
  • The Lost Mine (1924)
  • The Kidnapped Prime Minister (1924)
  • The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan (1924)
  • The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman (1924)
  • The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim (1924)
  • The Adventure of ‘The Western Star’ (1924)
  • The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (1924)
  • The Adventure of the Cheap Flat (1924)
  • The Case of the Missing Will (1924)
  • The Million Dollar Bond Robbery (1924)
  • The Veiled Lady (1925)
  • Wasps’ Nest (1928)
  • Triangle at Rhodes (1936)
  • The Regatta Mystery (1936)
  • Murder in the Mews (1937)
  • Dead Man’s Mirror (1937)
  • The Dream (1939)
  • Problem at Sea (1939)
  • The Plymouth Express (1939)
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (1939)READ Jan 2018
  • The Nemean Lion (1947)
  • The Lernean Hydra (1947)
  • The Arcadian Deer (1947)
  • The Erymanthian Boar (1947)
  • The Augean Stables (1947)
  • The Stymphalean Birds (1947)
  • The Cretan Bull (1947)
  • The Horse of Diomedes (1947)
  • The Girdle of Hippolyta (1947)
  • The Flock of Geryon (1947)
  • The Apples of Hesperides (1947)
  • The Capture of Cerberus (1947)
  • The Second Gong (1948)
  • The Third-Floor Flat (1950)
  • The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly (1950)
  • Four and Twenty Blackbirds (1950)
  • The Submarine Plans (1951)READ Jan 2018
  • The Lemesurier Inheritance (1951)
  • The Affair at the Victory Ball (1951)READ Jan 2018
  • The King of Clubs (1951)
  • The Adventure of the Clapham Cook (1951)
  • The Under Dog (1951)
  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960)
  • The Mystery of the Spanish Chest (1960)
  • The Double Clue (1961)
  • Double Sin (1961)
  • The Cornish Mystery (1974)

Miss Marple

  • A Christmas Tragedy (1930)READ 19.01.19
  • Death by Drowning (1932)READ 20.01.19
  • Motive v. Opportunity (1932)READ 16.01.19
  • The Blood-Stained Pavement (1932)READ 16.01.19
  • The Blue Geranium (1932)READ 17.01.19
  • The Companion (1932)READ 18.01.19
  • The Four Suspects (1932)READ 19.01.19
  • The Herb of Death (1932)READ 19.01.19
  • The Idol House of Astarte (1932)READ 15.01.19
  • Ingots of Gold (1932)READ 16.01.19
  • The Thumb Mark of St. Peter (1932)READ Jan 2018
  • The Tuesday Night Club (1932) – READ Jan 2018
  • The Affair at the Bungalow (1932)READ Jan 2018
  • Miss Marple Tells a Story (1934)READ 21.01.19
  • Strange Jest (1950)READ 25.01.19
  • Tape-Measure Murder (1950)READ 24.01.19
  • The Case of the Caretaker (1950)READ 24.01.19
  • The Case of the Perfect Maid (1950)READ 22.01.19
  • Greenshaw’s Folly (1960)
  • Sanctuary (1961)READ 22.01.19

Tommy & Tuppence

  • A Fairy in the Flat (1929)
  • A Pot of Tea (1929)
  • The Affair of the Pink Pearl (1929)
  • The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger (1929)
  • Blindman’s Buff (1929)
  • The Man in the Mist (1929)
  • The Crackler (1929)
  • The Sunningdale Mystery (1929)
  • The House of Lurking Death (1929)
  • Finessing the King (1929)
  • The Gentleman Dressed in Newspaper (1929)
  • The Case of the Missing Lady (1929)
  • The Clergyman’s Daughter (1929)
  • The Red House (1929)

Harley Quin

  • The Coming of Mr. Quin (1924)
  • The Shadow on the Glass (1924)
  • The Sign in the Sky (1925)
  • At the ‘Bells and Motley (1925)
  • The World’s End (1927)
  • The Voice in the Dark (1927)
  • The Soul of the Croupier (1927)
  • The Face of Helen (1927)
  • Harlequin’s Lane (1927)
  • The Man from the Sea (1929)
  • The Dead Harlequin (1929) – READ Jan 2018
  • The Bird with the Broken Wing (1930)
  • The Love Detectives (1950)
  • The Harlequin Tea Set (1971)

Parker Pyne

  • Have You Got Everything You Want? (1934)
  • The Case of the City Clerk (1934)
  • The Case of the Discontented Husband (1934)
  • The Case of the Discontented Soldier (1934)READ Jan 2018
  • The Case of the Distressed Lady (1934)
  • The Pearl of Price (1934)
  • The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife (1934)
  • The Case of the Rich Woman (1934)
  • The Gate of Baghdad (1934)READ Jan 2018
  • The House at Shiraz (1934)
  • The Oracle of Delphi (1934)
  • Problem at Pollensa Bay (1939)
  • The Regatta Mystery (1939)

Other

  • While the Light Lasts (1924)
  • Mr Eastwood’s Adventure (1924)
  • The Listerdale Mystery (1925)
  • The Witness for the Prosecution (1925)
  • Magnolia Blossom (1926)
  • Manx Gold (1930)
  • Wireless (1933)
  • The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Carmichael (1933)
  • The Red Signal (1933)
  • The Last Seance (1933)
  • The Lamp (1933)
  • The Hound of Death (1933)
  • The Gipsy (1933)
  • S.O.S. (1933)
  • The Mystery of the Blue Jar (1933)
  • The Call of Wings (1933)
  • A Fruitful Sunday (1934)
  • Accident (1934)
  • The Manhood of Edward Robinson (1934)
  • The Golden Ball (1934)
  • The Girl in the Train (1934)
  • The Fourth Man (1934)
  • Swan Song (1934)
  • Sing a Song of Sixpence (1934)
  • Philomel Cottage (1934)
  • Jane In Search Of A Job (1934)
  • The Rajah’s Emerald (1934)
  • Yellow Iris (1937)
  • The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest (1939)
  • In a Glass Darkly (1939)
  • Three Blind Mice (1947)
  • The Dressmaker’s Doll (1961)
  • Next to a Dog (1971)
  • Within a Wall (1997)
  • The Lonely God (1997 (previously appeared in a magazine in 1926))
  • The House of Dreams (1997 (previous appeared in a magazine in 1926. It is a reworking an an unpublished story ‘The House of Beauty’)
  • The Edge (1997 (previously appeared in a magazine in 1927))
  • The Actress (1997 (previously appeared in a magazine in 1923 under the title ‘A Trap for the Unwary’))

Novels

Hercule Poirot

  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
  • The Murder on the Links (1923)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
  • The Big Four (1927)
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928)
  • Peril at End House (1931)
  • Lord Edgware Dies (1933)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (1934)
  • Three Act Tragedy (1934)
  • Death In The Clouds (1935)
  • Murder in Mesopotamia (1935)
  • The ABC Murders (1936)
  • Cards on the Table (1936)
  • Dumb Witness (1937)
  • Death On The Nile (1937)
  • Appointment With Death (1937)
  • The Incredible Theft (1937)
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938)
  • Sad Cypress (1939)
  • Evil Under The Sun (1940)
  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940)
  • Five Little Pigs (1941)
  • The Hollow (1946)
  • Taken at the Flood (1948)
  • Mrs McGinty’s Dead (1952)
  • After the Funeral (1953)
  • Hercule Poirot And The Greenshore Folly (1954)
  • Hikory Dickory Dock (1955)
  • Dead Man’s Folly (1956)
  • Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)
  • The Clocks (1963)
  • Third Girl (1966)
  • Hallowe’en Party (1969)
  • Elephants Can Remember (1972)
  • Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case (1975) (See ‘More about this story‘. It was most likely written during WW2 as a gift to her daughter should she not survive the war)

Miss Marple

  • The Murder at the Vicarage (1930)READ 06.02.19
  • The Body in the Library (1942)READ 12.02.19
  • The Moving Finger (1942)READ 21.02.19
  • A Murder is Announced (1950)READ 12.03.19
  • They Do It With Mirrors (1952)READ 03.04.19
  • A Pocket Full of Rye (1953)READ 21.04.19
  • 4.50 From Paddington (1957)READ 27.04.19
  • The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side (1962)READ 18.05.19
  • A Caribbean Mystery (1964)READ 07.06.19
  • At Bertram’s Hotel (1965)READ 18.07.19
  • Nemesis (1971)READ 03.07.19
  • Sleeping Murder (1976) (See ‘More about this story‘ for debates about when it was written. It was most likely written during WW2 as a gift to her husband Max should she not survive the war)

Tommy & Tuppence

  • The Secret Adversary (1922)
  • N or M? (1941)
  • By The Pricking Of My Thumbs (1968)
  • Postern of Fate (1973)

Ariadne Oliver

  • The Pale Horse (1961)

Others

  • The Man in the Brown Suit (1924)
  • The Secret of Chimneys (1925)
  • The Seven Dials Mystery (1929)
  • Giant’s Bread (1930)
  • The Sittaford Mystery (1931)
  • The Floating Admiral (1931)
  • Why Didn’t They Ask Evans (1933)
  • Ask a Policeman (1933)
  • Unfinished Portrait (1934)
  • Six Against the Yard (1936)
  • Murder is Easy (1938)
  • And Then There Were None (1939)
  • Towards Zero (1944)
  • Absent In The Spring (1944)
  • Death Comes As The End (1944)
  • Sparkling Cyanide (1944)
  • The Rose and the Yew Tree (1948)
  • Crooked House (1948)
  • The Came to Baghdad (1951)
  • A Daughter’s A Daughter (1952)
  • Destination Unknown (1954)
  • The Burden (1956)
  • Ordeal by Innocence (1958)
  • Endless Night (1967)
  • Passenger to Frankfurt (1970)
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