Category Archives: Agatha Christie Reading Challenge

Third Girl by Agatha Christie

Third Girl was first published in 1966. In it Poirot is probably meant to be approaching eighty, although if he had aged with the books he would have been well over a hundred! Anyway, the young lady who comes to … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie: An English Mystery by Laura Thompson

It took me weeks to read Laura Thompson’s book Agatha Christie: An English Mystery. It has taken me several days to write and re-write this post because I’ve found it difficult to put down my thoughts about it without going into too … Continue reading

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Greenshaw’s Folly: a Miss Marple Mystery

Agatha Christie’s Marple last night was Greenshaw’s Folly. I saw in the Radio Times that it was based on Christie’s short story of the same name and so I read it before watching the programme. It’s less than 20 pages … Continue reading

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Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

I think Cards on the Table is one of the best of Agatha Christie’s books. It was first published in 1936 and has been reprinted many times since then. My copy is a Pan Books edition published in 1951 with … Continue reading

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Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie

I don’t usually find short stories as satisfying as novels, but the stories in Murder in the Mews are good, mainly, I think, because with one exception they are novellas, longer than the average short stories. The collection was first … Continue reading

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Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie

I think Agatha Christie enjoyed herself writing Mrs McGinty’s Dead, especially the character of the crime novelist, Ariadne Oliver. It was first published in 1952 and written not long after the end of the Second World War, reflecting the difficulties of finding employment … Continue reading

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Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

I’ve read about half of Agatha Christie’s books ranging from her first books in the 1920s to the later ones in the 1970s and the quality of her writing does change, with some of the later books being rather loosely … Continue reading

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Agatha Christie Reading Challenge

My progress in 2012: The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge is run by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. I don’t think of it as a Challenge – it’s really a reading project, as it is quite simply to read Agatha Christie’s books. I’m not reading them … Continue reading

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After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

I thoroughly enjoyed Agatha Christie’s After the Funeral, first published in 1953. Synopsis (from the official Agatha Christie website): ‘When Cora is savagely murdered, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother’s funeral takes on a chilling … Continue reading

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At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie

I try to read at least one Agatha Christie book a month. This month’s book is At Bertram’s Hotel, a Miss Marple book, first published in 1965, and written when Agatha Christie was seventy five. Synopsis (from book cover): An old-fashioned London … Continue reading

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