Agatha Christie Project

Aim –

The Aim of my Agatha Christie Project it to work my way through all 66 of Christies Mysteries. I finally decided on an print run I would like to collect where they will all match (in height at least) so I can actually start my collection and work my way through them all. Unlike my last attempt I will be doing this read in order (apart from one Poirot re-read) . I am going to Start with the Poirot Books, moving on to the Ms Marple books and the finish with her other mysteries including Tommy and Tuppence and Mr Quinn etc.

I am hoping to read and review a couple a month and will link my reviews back here so eventually this will be a one stop shop of all my Christie reviews.

  1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles    

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a re-read for me but I really enjoyed it. I had completely forgotten who had committed the murder, how and why they had. Therefore, I was pulled into this straight away eager to suss out all the clues again. What I really love about this book is the relationship that is set up between Hastings and Poirot. I love that the story is only told from the perspective of Hastings. Hastings has a loveable way of being completely and utterly dense and the best possible moments. He gets muddled and over confident and mixes up his facts and I as a reader loved screaming at him in my mind when he doesn’t see all the facts as Poirot lays them out and hints at the possible outcome. This makes the reveal all the sweeter when Hastings has lead you down Red Herrings and disagreed with Poirot. It just makes for such a fun double act that makes me smile…. Continue reading

2. The Murder on the Links  

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Hastings, Hastings, Hastings… This is one of those books where we really get a sense of just how naïve and sometimes outright stupid Hastings can be, and Poirot knows it. We get our first taste of Poirot Sass in this one as he delights in winding poor Hastings up. Hastings spends a good proportion of this book falling for every girl he sets his eyes on and running after a girl he hasn’t even had the wits to find out the name of until the very end of the book!

The mystery itself is interesting, however, it does seem to go on a bit. There are waves and waves of suspicion and confessions that just seem to be a wee bit too much. The characters bounce back and forth a lot and … Continue Reading

3. Poirot Investigates  

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A great collection of varied little stories that show the depth and breadth of Poirot’s investigative skills. The stories cover everything from a scavenger hunt proposed by a Will to cold blooded murder.
All are filled with Poirot’s usual sass as we follow Hastings accounts of his escapades.

4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This may be one of the best Christie Novels I have read. The twist completely threw me I had no idea and that was all down to Christie’s writing. She wasn’t afraid to go new places that no one else had and it makes for a great read. In fact this book probably was a solid 3 star Poirot mystery until her twist in the last 4 pages of the book that skyrocketed it to 5 stars. It just proved why this was the book that made her a best seller. Those last few pages took you on such a journey that you almost wanted to go back to re-read the whole thing just to see if you could possibly find the clues. I had a copy with an afterword that has the same sentiments and I couldn’t agree more.

5. The Big Four

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is an unusual one for Poirot. It reads rather disjointed and I wasn’t surprised to learn that there had originally been a collection of short stories written for various publications that went into the construction of this novel. It reads a lot more spycraft/bond esq than other Poirot books filled with conspiracy and mini mysteries that don’t entirely explain what is going on. It therefore has more of a thriller element, there is near constant action and as it is again told from Hasting’s perspective we get a lot more time of just Hasting investigating on his own …. Continue Reading

6. The Mystery of the Blue Train

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This Poirot mystery has a really nice complexity to it. We have lots of Red Herrings, suspects galore which all builds to a great reveal at the end. I really like the characters, the discussion of money from those born into it, those trying to obtain it and those that have had it thrust upon them, it really makes for a dynamic cast …. Continue Reading

7. Black Coffee

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Adapted from a play written by Agatha Christie this one just left me wanting a little bit more. I could see this working very well on stage it is a fun locked room mystery with a twist, everyone was in the room when the murder took place. However, the reason I found this disappointing as we had seen these solutions before. If you had read mystery at styles – which is even mentioned during the events of the play – you basically know the outcome …. Continue Reading

8. Peril at End House
9. Lord Edgware Dies
10. Murder on the Orient Express   
11. Three Act Tragedy 
12. Death in the Clouds
13.The ABC Murders
14. Murder in Mesopotamia
15. Cards on the Table
16. Dumb Witness
17. Death on the Nile
18. Appointment with Death
19 Murder in the Mews
20. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas  
21. Sad Cypress
22. One,Two Buckle my Shoe
23. Evil Under the Sun  
24. Five Little Pigs
25. The Hollow
26. The Labours of Herclues
27. Taken at the Flood
28. Mrs McGuinty’s Dead
29. After the Funeral
30. Hickory Dickory Dock   
31. Cat among the Pigeons
32. The Adventures of the Christmas Pudding   
33. The Clocks
34. Third Girl
35. Hallowe’en Party  
36. Elephants Can Remember
37. Poirot’s Early Cases
38. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case

  1. The Murder at the Vicarage
  2. The Thirteen Problems
  3. The Body in the Library  
  4. The Moving Finger
  5. A Murder is Announced
  6. They do it with Mirrors
  7. A Pocket Full of Rye
  8. 4:50 from Paddington
  9. The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side
  10. A Caribbean Mystery
  11. At Bertram’s hotel
  12. Nemisis
  13. Sleeping Murder
  14. Miss Marple’s Final Case
  1. The Man in the Brown Suit
  2. The Secret of Chimeys
  3. The Seven Dails Mystery
  4. The Mysterious Mr Quin
  5. The Sittaford Mystery
  6. The Hound of Death
  7. the Listerdale Mystery
  8. Why Didn’t They Ask for Evans?
  9. Parker Pyne Investigates
  10. Murder is Easy
  11. And Then There Were None
  12. Towards Zero
  13. Death Comes at the End
  14. Sparkling Cyanide
  15. Crooked House
  16. They Came to Baghdad
  17. Destination Unknown
  18. Spider’s Web
  19. The Unexpected Guest
  20. Ordeal by Innocence
  21. The Pale Horse
  22. Endless Night
  23. Passenger to Frankfurt
  24. Problem at Pollensa Bay
  25. While the Light Lasts