The 10 Best Agatha Christie Books

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Agatha Christie needs no introduction. Nickname the ‘The Queen of Crime’, the English crime novelist is one of the biggest best-selling authors in the world, next to William Shakespeare, and her books have been translated into more than 100 languages.

Famous for being the creator of the iconic Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, Christie wrote 66 detective novels and 15 short-story collections. She also wrote six novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott and several stage plays, including The Mousetrap, a murder mystery that has the longest run of any play in the world,

Agatha Christie herself is at the center of a mystery, as she disappeared from her home on late 3 December 1926 and was not found for another 10 days. It quickly became a news story and when she was found, she claimed to be the victim of amnesia.

If you want to discover Agatha Christie, or re-read some of her most acclaimed novels, the following are some suggestions…

World’s Favourite Agatha Christie Novel

If you should read one Agatha Christie novel, which one should it be? We, maybe, can answer this question, thanks to a public vote launched in 2015 by the estate of Agatha Christie to discover which of her books was her best-loved novel.

As revealed by The Guardian, famous people revealed their favourite book for the occasion, with actor David Suchet (Hercule Poirot himself) championing The ABC Murders, or crime writer Val McDermid backing The Murder at the Vicarage.

In the end, And Then There Were None was declared the world’s favourite Agatha Christie novel.

As it happens, it is also one of Christie’s favourites…

Agatha Christie’s 10 Favourite Books

Christie shared in 1972, a few years before her death in 1976, a list of her own 10 favourites, in response to a Japanese fan’s list of favourites.

She wrote: “My own ten would certainly vary from time to time because every now and then I re-read an early book for some particular reason, to answer a question that has been asked me perhaps, and then I alter my opinion – sometimes thinking it is much better than I thought it was – or not so good as I had thought.”

So Christie’s favourites at the time she answered the letter was:

And Then There Were None (1939)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
A Murder is Announced (1950)
Murder on the Orient Express (1934)
The Thirteen Problems (1932)
Towards Zero (1944)
Endless Night (1967)
Crooked House (1949)
Ordeal By Innocence (1958)
The Moving Finger (1942)

John Curran’s Top 10 Agatha Christie Stories

John Curran is an Irish scholar and archivist, and an Agatha Christie expert. He edited the book Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making, which explores the contents of Agatha Christie’s long-hidden notebooks, including illustrations, analyses and more.

He gave his 10 favourite Agatha Christie mysteries in 2009 in The Guardian:

  1. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
  2. Peril at End House (1932)
  3. Murder on the Orient Express (1934)
  4. The ABC Murders (1935)
  5. And Then There Were None (1939)
  6. Five Little Pigs (1943)
  7. Crooked House (1949)
  8. A Murder is Announced (1950)
  9. Endless Night (1967)
  10. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case (1975, but written during the second world war)