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Agatha Christie's mystery novels

Updated on August 1, 2011

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, better known as Agatha Christie, has been, and still is, the most popular author of mystery novels. She was born September 15th, 1890 in Torquay, England and died January 12, 1976.

During her career, Christie wrote at least 100 novels and 22 collections of short stories, besides some drama theater and even a half a dozen novelettes, published under the pseudonym of Mary Westmacott.

On Christmas 1975, in the novel "Curtain" Christie decided to kill the famous detective Hercule Poirot, then coincidentally, almost as if she was predicting her days were over, on January 12, 1976, at the age of 85, she died in her country house in Wallingford, England.

She was buried in the cemetery of the village of Cholsey in Oxfordshire. To date, Agatha Christie still remains a strong icon for publishers who still publish her novels, as one of the world's best-selling authors. She also has a place of honor in Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.

What I like about the novels of Agatha Christie is her ability to show evidence in a distorted way, reserving the ability to interpret the crime scenes only to detectives, allowing them to come to a conclusion, that, at the end of the story, is both surprising and shocking.

From my point of view, the latter is very important, because it always brings me to the wrong conclusion, and that’s why it makes these novels even more interesting and engaging, enough to keep me glued on the book and make me forget about the real world.

My favorite and best novel of Agatha Christie is: "Murder on the Orient Express". The famous detective Poirot is the character choose by Agatha Christie for this book. By chance, the detective finds himself to travel on the Simplon Orient-Express on a cold winter. The Istanbul-Calais coach is full, but he is able to find a spot, and there, obviously, a murder will be committed and Poirot will be the one to investigate. But this is the only obvious thing that you will find, because the rest of the story is intriguing, ingenious and original.

Many dialogues and many characters, all different from one another, and described using a writing style so pleasant and particular in every detail that you feel you can read it all at once and never get tired.

The novel is amazing and with a finale that no one would expect.

A chatty American, a cold English girl, an old Russian princess, an English colonel, a Swedish nurse, a modest German servant, a nice American boy, a taciturn English waiter, an aristocratic Hungarian couple, and an Italian. All suspected of murder. Who among them is the guilty party? Well, Christie is phenomenal on making everybody and nobody suspicious.

This is truly a good book, always modern, with a veiled humor that does not make it too serious, never boring or tiring. Beautiful! Recommended for everyone, even those not familiar with the mystery novels.

Agatha Christie’s novels are intriguing, they keep you in suspense all the way to the end of the story. Often, you wonder how the author comes to finding solutions so clever and original when writing her complex books. A few movies were made featuring the character of the Belgian Hercule Poirot, but I assure you that between reading and seeing the movies, I definitely prefer reading. Another character that I love is Miss Marple, an old fashioned woman, simple and wise, which cleverly solves every mystery.

Agatha Christie was, and still remains to this day, the most read novelist writer of the world.


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    • Farkle profile image

      Farkle 6 years ago

      Thelma & Flora

      Thanks for your comments.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Curtain was originally supposed to be published after her death as Sleeping Murder actually was, her final Marple. They were both written in the 1940s and set aside. But with the 1974 movie of Murder on the Orient Express, the public wanted more, and another wasn't available..

      Oh, and Thelma-in Murder on the Orient Express, Albert Finney played Poirot. He was wonderful, but hated not being recognized by his fans. So when Hollywood decided to make another film, Ustinov took over the part for the remainder of the series.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Agatha Christies books are one of my favorites. Murder in the Orient Express was the best movie I have ever seen with all the good Hollywood actors and actresses. The best thing was, Peter Ustinow played Hercule Poirot in the movie. Thanks for sharing.