12 Of The Best Agatha Christie Books

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The 12 Best Agatha Christie Books

If you haven't heard of Agatha Christie, you are missing out. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and with 66 detective novels under her belt, she gives Stephen King a run for his money. If you love a mystery novel, you should take a gander at some of Christie's past work.

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1. Murder on the Orient Express

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Readers loved it: "This is a well written, very enjoyable novel. It is classic Agatha Christie. There are no vulgarities and a good deal of gentle humor packaged within a mystery novel".

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2. Five Little Pigs

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Readers loved it: "I first read this book when I was a child. The characters, some of whom were casually cruel have remained vivid in my mind. Agatha Christie was such an acute observer of behavior. I think perhaps that is why she is widely read as time passes. The styles, houses and landscapes change, but human nature is consistent".

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3. And Then There Were None

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Readers loved it: "Marvelous. I came into this a bonafide Agatha Christie virgin and came out an addict. What a fun, quick-paced read! The characters were clear, and often many levels deeper (and far more sinister) than they appear".

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4. The A.B.C. Murders

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Readers loved it: "Agatha Christie was a believer in the appeal of violent crime. "Don't skimp on bodies" was her writing philosophy and it served her well. Most of her books involve more than one murder, but this is the only one that features a "serial killer" who selects his victims randomly. A particularly terrifying situation since there's no way of knowing who will be next".

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5. Miss Marple

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Readers loved it: Overall, while I’m not a huge fan of pure puzzle mysteries, I found myself thoroughly entertained by this volume. It’s a testament to the genius of Agatha Christie that these stories are so entertaining".

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6. Crooked House

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Readers loved it: "This is my all-time favorite Christie and I've read it several times over the years. I was pleased to read in this edition that Dame Agatha also considered this to be one of her best. It is truly one of a kind and if you like her writing you should get ready to see a particularly dark corner of her mind".

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7. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

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Readers loved it: "Even if you're not really an Agatha Christie fan, you should read this one. Christie is criticized as a literary light-weight. It's true that her characters are formulaic, but she wasn't really interested in characters. Her specialty was intricate, multi-layered puzzles and no one did them better".

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8. Death on the Nile

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Readers love it: "I'm not going to give you a synopsis of what the book is about. I hate those kinds of reviews. What I will tell you is that this was my favorite book since the mid-1970s. It was the first so-called adult book I ever read and is the book that made me a life long Christie fan. I am 46 today and right beside me is yet another book of hers. If you like mysteries and puzzles, then you'll likely love these".

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9. The Mystery of the Blue Train

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Readers love it: "I love the writing style of Mrs Christie. So special, enchanting and easy to follow. The kick of the story is original and Poirot' s character feels so genuine, lively and real".

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10. The Murder on the Link

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Readers loved it: "This is a very good mystery. What makes it even more interesting is that it was written in 1950 when there were still many shortages in England as a result of The War. One sees a few mentions of ration coupons, bartering, black market and shortages that bring the reader into a historic time that may have been forgotten or is unknown to a younger generation. That helps to make this an engaging read".

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11. Peril at End House

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Readers loved it: "I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. I thought it played fair with the reader. I loved Hercule Poirot. I cannot believe I hadn't read this before and have missed out on this classic series. If you enjoy classic mysteries, try this. If you've read it long ago, I think you might enjoy revisiting it".

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12. The Murder at the Vicarage

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Readers loved it: "Agatha Christie was already an accomplished author when she composed this, the first Miss Marple mystery. It is the story of a homicide at a vicarage in a small English village. It is clever and pleasant. Needless to say, there is no inappropriate language. I would call the style, post Victorian and civilized. There is a lot of wry humor".

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