So far in reading Agatha Christie’s books I’ve concentrated on reading her full length novels and have only read some of her short stories. As I’ve nearly read all of her novels, although none of those she wrote as Mary Westmacott, I’ll be reading more of her short stories from now on.
So far I’ve read the following short story collections:
- The Thirteen Problems – Miss Marple stories. It was first published in the UK in 1933, collecting together 13 short stories previously published in various magazines. The first story The Tuesday Night Club introduces the character of Miss Marple.
- The Hound of Death – 12 stories of unexplained phenomena, in most cases tales of the supernatural rather than detective stories. Of the twelve stories I think The Witness for the Prosecution is the best. Agatha Christie later wrote a play based on this story which has subsequently been adapted for film and television.
- The Labours of Hercules – 12 short stories featuring Hercule Poirot, first published in 1947. Poirot is thinking of retiring, but before he does he wants to solve 12 more cases and not just any cases. These have to correspond to the Twelve Labours of Hercules, specially selected problems that personally appeal to him.
- Murder in the Mews – four stories about crimes solved by Hercule Poirot, first published in 1937.
- The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and a Selection of Entrées – 6 short stories
I also have the following collections to read:
- Poirot Investigates – 11 Poirot stories
- The Golden Ball and Other Stories – 14 stories
- The Mysterious Mr Quin – 12 stories
- The Complete Parker Pyne: Private Eye – 14 stories
- Miss Marple and Mystery – 55 stories
By my reckoning Agatha Christie wrote 157 short stories, published in a number of collections. Wikipedia records that she wrote 153 short stories, published in 14 collections in the UK and in the US. Some stories were published under different names in the US Collections. And some stories appear in more than one collection, which is rather confusing.