The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge is run by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise (thank you to Margaret at BooksPlease for introducing me to it).

Until very recently (December 2017) I had never read anything by Agatha Christie. I was convinced I had from how many film and television adaptations I have seen over the years, but in reality, no. Nothing. While on holiday I found a collection of short stories by Agatha that had been kindly donated to the cottage we were staying in.

I devoured them.

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

Below chronicles by journey through the Agatha Christie’s back catalogue. Once I have read a story I will write a review and link to it here.

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 Story Collections

1924 Poirot Investigates

  • The Adventure of ‘The Western Star’
  • The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor
  • The Adventure of the Cheap Flat
  • The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge
  • The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
  • The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
  • The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan
  • The Kidnapped Prime Minister
  • The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim
  • The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman
  • The Case of the Missing Will

1929 Partners in Crime

  • A Fairy in the Flat
  • A Pot of Tea
  • The Affair of the Pink Pearl
  • The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger
  • Finessing the King/The Gentleman Dressed in Newspaper
  • The Case of the Missing Lady
  • Blindman’s Buff
  • The Man in the Mist
  • The Crackler
  • The Sunningdale Mystery
  • The House of Lurking Death
  • The Unbreakable Alibi
  • The Clergyman’s Daughter/The Red House
  • The Ambassador’s Boots
  • The Man Who Was No. 16

1930 The Mysterious Mr Quin

  • The Coming of Mr. Quin
  • The Shadow on the Glass
  • At the ‘Bells and Motley
  • The Sign in the Sky
  • The Soul of the Croupier
  • The Man from the Sea
  • The Voice in the Dark
  • The Face of Helen
  • The Dead Harlequin (read Jan 2018 as part of ‘The Detectives’)
  • The Bird with the Broken Wing
  • The World’s End
  • Harlequin’s Lane

1932 The Tuesday Club Murders / The Thirteen Problems

  • The Tuesday Night Club (read Jan 2018 as part of ‘The Detectives’)
  • The Idol House of Astarte
    – READ 15.01.19
  • Ingots of Gold
    – READ 16.01.19
  • The Blood-Stained Pavement
    – READ 16.01.19
  • Motive v. Opportunity
    – READ 16.01.19
  • The Thumb Mark of St. Peter (read Jan 2018 as part of ‘The Detectives’)
  • The Blue Geranium
    – READ 17.01.19
  • The Companion
    – READ 18.01.19
  • The Four Suspects
    – READ 19.01.19
  • A Christmas Tragedy
    – READ 19.01.19
  • The Herb of Death
    – READ 19.01.19
  • The Affair at the Bungalow (read Jan 2018 as part of ‘The Detectives’)
  • Death by Drowning
    – READ 20.01.19

1933 The Hound of Death

  • The Hound of Death
  • The Red Signal
  • The Fourth Man
  • The Gypsy
  • The Lamp
  • Wireless
  • The Witness for the Prosecution
  • The Mystery of the Blue Jar
  • The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Carmichael
  • The Call of Wings
  • The Last Seance
  • S.O.S.

1934 The Listerdale Mystery

  • The Listerdale Mystery
  • Philomel Cottage
  • The Girl in the Train
  • Sing a Song of Sixpence
  • The Manhood of Edward Robinson
  • Accident
  • Jane in Search of a Job
  • A Fruitful Sunday
  • Mr. Eastwood’s Adventure
  • The Golden Ball
  • The Rajah’s Emerald
  • Swan Song

1934 Parker Pyne Investigates

  • The Case of the Middle-aged Wife
  • The Case of the Discontented Soldier (read Jan 2018 as part of ‘The Detectives’)
  • The Case of the Distressed Lady
  • The Case of the Discontented Husband
  • The Case of the City Clerk
  • The Case of the Rich Woman
  • Have you Got Everything You Want?
  • The Gate of Baghdad (read Jan 2018 as part of ‘The Detectives’)
  • The House of Shiraz
  • The Pearl of Price
  • Death on the Nile
  • The Oracle at Delphi

1937 Murder in the Mews

  • Murder in the Mews
  • The Incredible Theft
  • Dead Man’s Mirror
  • Triangle at Rhodes

1947 The Labours of Hercules

  • The Nemean Lion
  • The Lernean Hydra
  • The Arcadian Deer
  • The Erymanthian Boar
  • The Augean Stables
  • The Stymphalean Birds
  • The Cretan Bull
  • The Horse of Diomedes
  • The Girdle of Hippolyta
  • The Flock of Geryon
  • The Apples of Hesperides
  • The Capture of Cerberus

1960 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
  • The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
  • The Under Dog
  • Four and Twenty Blackbirds
  • The Dream
  • Greenshaw’s Folly

1974 Poirot’s Early Cases

  • The Affair at the Victory Ball (read Jan 2018 as part of ‘The Detectives’)
  • The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
  • The Cornish Mystery
  • The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
  • The Double Clue
  • The King of Clubs
  • The Lemesurier Inheritance
  • The Lost Mine
  • The Plymouth Express
  • The Chocolate Box
  • The Submarine Plans (read Jan 2018 as part of ‘The Detectives’)
  • The Third-Floor Flat
  • Double Sin
  • The Market Basing Mystery
  • Wasps’ Nest
  • The Veiled Lady
  • Problem at Sea
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (read Jan 2018 as part of ‘The Detectives’)

1979 Miss Marple’s Final 6 Cases and 2 Other Stories

  • Sanctuary
    – READ 22.01.19
  • Strange Jest
    – READ 25.01.19
  • Tape-Measure Murder
    – READ 24.01.19
  • The Case of the Caretaker
    – READ 24.01.19
  • The Case of the Perfect Maid
    – READ 22.01.19
  • Miss Marple Tells a Story
    – READ 21.01.19
  • The Dressmaker’s Doll
  • In a Glass Darkly
    – READ 25.01.19

1991 Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories

  • Problem at Pollensa Bay
  • The Second Gong
  • Yellow Iris
  • The Harlequin Tea Set
  • The Regatta Mystery
  • The Love Detectives
  • Next to a Dog
  • Magnolia Blossom

1997 While the Light Lasts and Other Stories

  • The House of Dreams
  • The Actress
  • The Edge
  • Christmas Aventure
  • The Lonely God
  • Manx Gold
  • Within A Wall
  • The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest
  • While the Light Lasts


1920 The Mysterious Affair At Styles (Poirot)

1922 The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence 1)

1923 The Murder on the Links (Poirot)

1924 The Man in the Brown Suit (first appearance of Colonel Race)

1925 The Secret of Chimneys (Superintendent Battle)

1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot)

1927 The Big Four (Poirot)

1928 The Mystery of the Blue Train (Poirot)

1929 The Seven Dials Mystery

1930 The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple) – READ February 2019

1931 The Sittaford Mystery (Inspector Narracott)

1932 Peril At End House (Poirot)

1933 Lord Edgware Dies (Poirot)

1934 Murder on the Orient Express (Poirot)

1934 Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (Aka The Boomerang Clue) (Bobby Jones and Lady Frances Derwent)

1935 Death in the Clouds (Poirot)

1935 Three Act Tragedy (Poirot & Mr Satterthwaite)

1936 The A.B.C. Murders (Poirot)

1936 Murder in Mesopotamia

1936 Cards on the Table (Poirot, Ariadne Oliver, Supt. Battle, Col. Race)

1937 Dumb Witness (Poirot)

1937 Death on the Nile (Poirot)

1938 Appointment with Death (Poirot)

1938 Hercule Poirot€™s Christmas (Poirot)

1939 Murder is Easy (Luke Fitzwilliam, a retired policeman)

1939 Ten Little Niggers/And Then There Were None

1940 Sad Cypress (Poirot)

1940 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (Poirot)

1941 Evil Under the Sun (Poirot)

1941 N or M? (Tommy and Tuppence 3)

1942 The Body in the Library (Miss Marple)

1942 The Moving Finger (Miss Marple)

1943 Five Little Pigs (Poirot)

1944 Towards Zero (Supt. Battle)

1945 Death Comes as the End

1945 Sparkling Cyanide (last appearance of Colonel Race)

1946 The Hollow (Poirot)

1948 Taken at the Flood (Poirot)

1949 Crooked House

1950 A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple)

1951 They Came to Baghdad (Victoria Jones)

1952 Mrs McGinty’s Dead (Poirot and Mrs Ariadne Oliver)

1952 They Do It With Mirrors (Miss Marple)

1953 A Pocket Full of Rye

1953 After the Funeral (Poirot)

1954 Destination Unknown

1955 Hickory Dickory Dock (Poirot)

1956 Dead Man’s Folly (Poirot and Mrs Ariadne Oliver)

1957 4.50 from Paddington (Miss Marple and Lucy Eyelesbarrow)

1958 Ordeal by Innocence (Dr Calgary)

1959 Cat Among the Pigeons (Poirot)

1961 The Pale Horse (DI Lejeune and Mrs Ariadne Oliver)

1962 The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side (Miss Marple)

1963 The Clocks (Poirot)

1964 A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple)

1965 At Bertram’s Hotel (Miss Marple)

1966 Third Girl (Poirot)

1967 Endless Night

1968 By the Pricking of My Thumbs (Tommy and Tuppence 4)

1968 Hallowe’en Party

1970 Passenger to Frankfurt

1971 Nemesis (Miss Marple)

1972 Elephants Can Remember

1973 Postern of Fate (Tommy and Tuppence 5)

1975 Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case (written in the 1940s)

1976 Sleeping Murder: Miss Marple’s Last Case (written in the 1940s)


Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days by Jared Cade

Agatha Christie: An English Mystery by Laura Thompson

Agatha Christie at Home by Hilary Macaskill

Poirot and Me by David Suchet

Come, Tell Me How You Live: an archaeological memoir

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