Whether you are a fan of classic mystery novels or just looking for a book to send your mind on a journey of mystical revelation, one of Agatha Christie’s books is just what you need.
We cannot regard any reading list as “complete” without the inclusion of Agatha Christie’s books. As one of the veteran bestselling authors of all time, Agatha Christie wrote nothing less than 80 books- 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, including her famous “Hercules Poirot Mysteries,” lifetime.
Most of her books now have plays, films, and TV series, but nothing captivates one more than the mystery and suspense that her books present.
It is challenging to select a fraction of Agatha Christie’s books and call it one’s favourite, but we have chosen a few of her books. They are good. They are mind-blowing.
These are the ten books, in no particular order.
1. Death on the Nile
In Death on the Nile, familiar character Hercules Poirot embarks on a voyage to Egypt down the famous River Nile. With terrorists and detectives aiming to catch their prey, one murder leads to a series of murders, witnesses eliminated, and the suspense never ends.
Interestingly, this book is her clever build-up of storyline such that you cannot guess what would happen next. You will want to keep flipping the pages.
2. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
If you are that person who is good at predicting the outcome of a story or identifying the bad guy even before finishing the book, this one will challenge you. Roger Ackroyd was murdered right in his study room.
Anyone could have committed this crime. The clues are there for you to connect the dots to identify the murderer, but you will have to keep flipping those pages. The actions keep coming.
3. Endless Nights
Considered as one of the best classic crime novels, Endless Nights takes us on a journey into Michael Rogers’ life. It all seemed like a dream come true when Michael finds out about the elegant house at Gypsy’s Acre and meets with Ellie, the heiress.
What is great about the book is her “first-person” narration and how she connects one event with the other in a master-class crime novel. Michael ignores an older woman’s warning, slides into doom as he realizes that Gypsy’s Acre is not a safe place for him to be.
4. The Pale Horse
Our queen of mystery surprises us yet again in The Pale Horse. Someone kills an elderly priest, who before dying had received secret information from a dying woman. The killer searches the priest, looking for something perhaps. But, what exactly is the killer looking for?
Is he trying to cover up a crime he committed? With several twists and turns, and a series of killings, police trail leads to an old building near Bournemouth where they found three mature women who are the perpetrators of this great evil.
With 272 pages of continuous flipping, you would wish the drama never finished.
5. Murder is Easy
Looking at the title alone, we can guess that Agatha wants us to believe that it is easy to commit murder. Well, don’t be carried away; it is just the title of her book.
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In this non-series murder-engulfed story, just like every peaceful environment, everything was normal until a serial killer begins to eliminate people one after the other.
Typical of Christie’s novels, each murder is entirely different from the rest, and each one appears to be of natural cause. Nevertheless, there is always someone behind the killings, but whom? You can find out by reading this fast-paced, suspense-filled, and crime-woven novel.
6. Sparkling Cyanide
Some of us have been in this situation before. When we gather around a table to merry, but someone is missing. Someone that death had snatched away. We stare at the empty sit, reminiscing on memories.
In Sparkling Cyanide, Agatha Christie sets up an imaginary table, a table of six. Where six people, including a murderer, sat; she connects a series of past events and recent ones to bring the perpetrators of Rosemary’s death to life.
When it comes to good murder and crime novels, we cannot but give her accolades.
7. Destination Unknown
Quite a funny story we have here; from the theme of the whole story, you’ll get a clue of what you will enjoy. In “Destination Unknown,” a group of scientists was nowhere to be found.
Panic sets in as the international intelligence community enter into a state of confusion. Guess what? The key to the mysteries lies in the hands of a dying woman, who sustained injuries in a plane crash.
Here comes the funny part. As she prepares to commit suicide in her hotel room, a man suddenly irrupted and suggested to her a better plan to take her own life. Quite funny! Well, that’s just a pinch. Get the book and enjoy the rest.
8. Hickory Dickory Dock
Congratulations on your successful pronunciation of the title. It is a bit of a tongue twister. With the colourful characters in “Hickory Dickory Dock,” you will feel like you were right there watching and listening to what was going on.
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This story is a summation of kleptomania, malice, and murder carried out at a boarding house for students. It comes in both audio and paperback.
9. After The Funeral
In this detective novel, A. Christie makes it look as if everyone were a suspect. Everyone seemed to want Richard Abernathy dead. However, when his sister, Cora, met her end after suggesting that he was killed.
You can detect that someone intends to silence her voice. Yet another mind-blowing crime story that takes you round and round.
10. The ABC Murders
Featuring popular character Hercules Poirot, Agatha Christie presents this book in a setting that moves along with the alphabet. With interesting interrogation tips and observation techniques, this book has become a manual for all and sundry.
That is our top-10 list of best Agatha Christie books coming through. This list is a product of a hard decision because almost all her books are good. It is quite difficult to select some and leave others out.
However, you’ll do yourself a whole lot of good by reading one of these books if you have not read them before.