Agatha Christie’s Top Five Books and Why You Should Read Them


1. “The murder of Roger Ackroyd”

Considered by many specialists as one of the top works of the great lady of mystery, “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” was released in 1926. This title catapulted Christie to fame because with him broke all the rules of the detective novel known until then. In addition, it was chosen in 2013 as the best crime novel of all time by members of the Association of Crime Writers. The novel is about a love triangle, one of whose tips, Ackroyd, is assassinated after learning who is the extortionist of his lover.

2. “Death in the Vicarage”

Agatha Christie published this work in 1930. It is the first novel in which the character of Miss Marple and the town of St. Mary Mead appears. The old suspense-fondness had previously only appeared in magazine stories. In “Death in the Vicarage” Colonel Lucius Protheroe, the most unpleasant person in the town, is murdered. But the case is surrounded by red herrings and there are numerous suspects, so the detective skills Miss Marple’s will be put to the test.

3. “The ten little blacks”

It’s about the novel Agatha Christie’s best-selling, with nothing less than one hundred million copies. The controversy recently surrounded the title in France, where it has been renamed “They were ten” due to the racist connotation of the term and at the request of the family of the famous British writer. “Diez negritos” gave its author an exceptional fame, with numerous theatrical and audiovisual adaptations, indefinitely prolonging a exceptional popularity. Ten unrelated people are gathered on a mysterious islet off the English coast by a certain Mr. Owen, owner of a luxurious mansion as well as a perfect stranger to all his guests. After the first dinner, and without having yet met their host, the ten diners are accused by recording of having committed a crime in the past. One by one, from that moment on, they are murdered without explanation.

4. “Murder on the Orient Express”

Legend has it that, while serving as a volunteer nurse at the Torquay Dispensary during World War I, a young woman Agatha Christie read “The Mystery of the Yellow Room” and began to shape that Hercules Poirot which he would make his debut in 1920 with “The Mysterious Affair of Styles” and which reached one of its popularity peaks fourteen years later, in 1934, with Murder on the Orient Express. In the book, Poirot faces his one of his most complex cases when Samuel E. Ratchett, a millionaire who travels on the train in a cabin next to that of the Belgian detective, wakes up murdered. Twelve stab wounds and twelve possible suspects among which Poirot must find the real culprit.

5. “Death on the Nile”

The writer married him young archaeologist Max Mallowan in 1930 (after her divorce and mysterious disappearance). Christie accompanied and formed part of her husband’s team in various excavations they carried out. And here began a new stage for the author, who introduced the archeology in several of its plots. One of the most famous is “Death on the Nile.” After the events of “The Murder on the Orient Express,” Hercule Poirot takes a vacation aboard a glamorous steamboat cruise through Egypt. However, his vacation will be cut short by a heinous crime that he must solve. A “remake” is in preparation which, as in the case of the Orient Express, stars Kenneth Branagh


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