Books by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 45 foreign languages. She is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Agatha Miller was born in Torq


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"A magical tour back to a time before telephone and instant forms of communication. Narrated by a woman who went on to become the most widely published author of all time, this volume should delight both Christie fans and history buffs."
A collection of the mystery writer's 1922 British Empire Tour correspondence. Read full book review >
SPIDER’S WEB by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

Osborne's third novelization of a Christie play—this one based on a 1954 original that ran for two years alongside the West End perennials Witness for the Prosecution and The Mousetrap—takes place in still another country house that, except for the impending hush-hush visit of the Prime Minister and the Soviet premier, could be frozen back in the '20s. Read full book review >

THE UNEXPECTED GUEST by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Christie biographer Osborne's second novelization of a Christie play (Black Coffee, 1998) opens with a wonderfully arresting scene: engineer Michael Starkwedder, having run his car into a ditch while poking around the Welsh countryside looking at houses, enters Richard Warwick's house looking for help, only to find the man himself, a big-game hunter now confined to a wheelchair, shot to death. Read full book review >

BLACK COFFEE by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

A brand-new Agatha Christie novel based on material nearly 70 years old. Read full book review >

THE HARLEQUIN TEA SET by Agatha Christie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1997

"But the collection is the worst possible introduction to one of the genre's true masters."
Don't get your hopes up: Six of these nine stories are inconsequential, if smoothly told, romances in Christie's Mary Westmacott mode. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 2, 1985

"And if none of these puzzles offers the most dazzling Christie short-story craft or the most memorable Marple portraiture, all of them feature solid plotting, crisp narration, and regular dollops of English-village charm (starkly shaded by Miss M.'s no-nonsense view of human nature)."
Don't look for any unfamiliar gems or juicy rediscoveries in this gathering of 20 stories featuring Christie's #2 star, Miss Marple of St. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 2, 1983

"Miss Pettigrew thinks that the first blow was fatal; therefore she pretends that she dealt the second," etc., etc.) More nostalgia than topnotch mystery, then, but the Christie touch is definitely, agreeably in evidence—especially in The Scoop."
Before the famous The Floating Admiral (1932), Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and their London Detection Club chums collaborated on two novella-length serials—here published in book form for the first time. Read full book review >
AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Agatha Christie
Released: Nov. 14, 1977

Just to be alive is a grand thing," and Agatha Miller Christie Mallowan was alive for 85 years, the first 75 of which are recalled in this candid (to a point), devourable (utterly), and cheering autobiography—a memory book so buoyantly free of either artistic pretense or commercial imperative that the reading becomes, like the writing, "an indulgence." Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 7, 1976

"Dual Literary Guild selection for December in a two-in-one volume with The Murder at the Vicarage (which took place some time ago)."
Miss Marple, almost as if she knew she wouldn't be around much longer, is her most self-effacing while she watches and warns quietly that "murder in retrospect" is the equivalent of sleeping murder which like those dogs should be let lie. Read full book review >
THE TIMES OF LONDON ANTHOLOGY OF DETECTIVE STORIES by Agatha Christie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1973

"The authors enjoyed themselves, obviously, and devotees of the traditional will too."
Ten tales selected from over a thousand submitted to a detective story competition in the London Times — generally of a conventional frame with a saving squiggle of surprise. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 20, 1972

"It is not the most substantial case Hercule has had to contend with but one reads it with predisposed pleasure and certainly this audience will fred it ever so nice — ever and ever so nice."
An elderly lady writer of detective stories, Mrs. Oliver, with a marvelously directionless and unexpected turn of mind, and the presence, Hercule Poirot, collaborate independently to find out why many years ago the mother and father of Mrs. Oliver's goddaughter ended their lives in a suicide-murder or a double suicide. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 15, 1971

"It's all as comfortable as an old shoe and you know just how its fits — together perfectly."
Miss Marple again, that "old tabby" who hopefully will have more than ninety lives, is named "nemesis" by a very rich man, now dead, whose will commissions her to investigate an unknown. Read full book review >
PASSENGER TO FRANKFURT by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 16, 1970

"The action is spotty but then Agatha Christie is enough of a grande dame to get away with her grand design in the form of a morality rather than mystery play."
A geopolitical fantasia which radiates (divagates?) in all directions and begins with the use of agreeable Sir Stafford Nye, a diplomat, by a young woman on a plane and later his hijacking onto an investigating committee of the upheaval to come. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1969

"Miss Christie even winds up on the wilder shores of mythology in this one and her Hallowe'en Party is a predictably spooky business."
At a Hallowe'en party a lying-thirteen-year-old brags that she had once seen a murder. Read full book review >
SPIES AMONG US by Agatha Christie
Released: July 22, 1968

"The latter is a work of involuted art and all three are a cliff-hanger-on's delight."
A tantalizing triptych by the master mystress reissued here: They Came to Baghdad introduces charming Victoria Jones who unwittingly prevaricates her way into a nest of would-be monarchs planning to rise like phoenixes on the ashes of a dead world; N or M? features a husband and wife team trying to ferret out a Nazi "Fifth Column" of British traitors during World War II. . . and finally Murder in Mesopotamia finds Hercules Poirot continuing an auspicious career by solving the murder of a woman who had been receiving threatened letters from a dead (?) husband. Read full book review >
ENDLESS NIGHT by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 1968

"In fact Endless Night's a perfect evening's entertainment for all ages."
Once upon a time now there was a young man who was waiting for something to happen. . . who had a dream of a house. . . a perfect house. . . with a girl, a poor little rich girl, who made it come true. . . for a little while before she died. . . and this fairy tale, this unhappily ever after fairy tale, is a very different kind of story from the doyenne of the form. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 5, 1967

"Only the grand dame of detective fiction could get such amateur plot published; her devotees have never been demanding on this aspect of good mystery writing."
Norma, one of three girls sharing a London apartment, seeks help from Mo Hercule Poirot because she believes that she has gone murderously mad. Read full book review >
MURDER IN OUR MIDST by Agatha Christie
Released: May 1, 1967

"She's fond of reminding the police that things are not always what they seem, but she's always seemed good You can almost hear the hot harpsichord that underscores her movies as you read this."
A tri-partite Marple omnibus. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 7, 1965

"Smooth and very feminine."
Some of us are hoping for a reincarnation of Hercule Poirot-but not yet. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 21, 1964

"The local murder ties in with Lamb's international case and provides him with romance— all the Christie ingredients in a master mix."
Agatha Christie always plays fair. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 23, 1963

"Long life to her."
Jane Marple was growing old and frail but her mind- and her curiosity — were as keen as ever and she hated the impositions put upon her. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN FOR LUCK by Agatha Christie
Released: Aug. 14, 1961

"Their exploits in detection offer contrasts in methods as well as cases and this assembly should draw a dependable market."
A re-collection from other volumes of short stories presents several of Agatha Christie's creations — and his grey cells, Jane Marple and her excellent knowledge of people, the invisible Harley Quin, Mr. Parker Pyne and his diagnoses, Tommy and Tuppenece and their light-hearted approach to crime. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 6, 1942

"Not her best — but good."
A small English village the scene of a poison pen story, with one apparent suicide, one murder, for Miss Marple to sleuth. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 10, 1940

"Good tight job."
Straightforward unravelling of two murders and a plot against an innocent victim. Read full book review >
THE REGATTA MYSTERY by Agatha Christie
Released: June 20, 1939

"But don't recommend it."
Without doubt this is the worst collection of second rate mysteries in short story from ever perpetrated — and published — by a writer whose standard is usually as dependably high as Agatha Christie's. Read full book review >
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 1939

"Grand suspense, a unique trick, expertly handled."
This ran in the S.E.P. and resulted in more demands for the story in book form than ever recorded. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 8, 1938

"Wind-up a bit gossamer."
Good reading, though it has the one Christie shortcoming — the final evidence contains matter of which the reader can have no knowledge. Read full book review >
POIROT LOSES A CLIENT (HERCULE POIROT) by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 7, 1937

"English setting."
Good Christie. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN'S MIRROR by Agatha Christie
Released: June 22, 1937

"But Agatha Christie's name means turnover, so don't pass it over."
Long short stories — four of them:- Triangle at Rhodes, Murder in the Mews, The Incredible Theft, and the title story. Read full book review >
MURDER IN MESOPOTAMIA by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 17, 1936

"Poirot plus the nurse find the answer."
Another Hercule Poirot story; setting a big "dig" in Mesopotamia; characters, the members of the expedition. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 1936

"Introductory letter from the famous detective to Mr. Dodd Should be good merchandise — a plus sale.

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Omnibus volume containing The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder in the Calais Coach and Thirteen At Dinner. Read full book review >

MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 14, 1936

"Mental deduction rather than tangible clues."
Hercule Poirot comes out of his retirement, enticed to the chase by a series of anonymous letters, each one prophesying a murder in a certain town on a certain date. Read full book review >
THE BOOMERANG CLUE by Agatha Christie
Released: Sept. 18, 1935

Good series of complications, that verge on the melodramatic, started by the switching of a photograph found on a dying man's body and the mystery of one murder, a strangely averted attempt at another solved by a pair of amateurs. Read full book review >
DEATH IN THE AIR by Agatha Christie
Released: Feb. 20, 1935

"Hercule Poirot to the rescue with an ingenious unravelling of threads."
A cross Channel plane is the scene of a murder and all the occupants are suspects. Read full book review >
MURDER IN THREE ACTS by Agatha Christie
Released: Sept. 27, 1934

"Setting England."
A retired actor has a hand in three poisonings, and brings Hercule Poirot into the picture to help reach a solution. Read full book review >
MISTER PARKER PYNE, DETECTIVE by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1934

"Delightful for pick up odd moments."
A collection of short stories, strung on the slender thread of the work of Parker Pyne, happiness expert. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Agatha Christie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1934

A murder is committed in a stalled transcontinental train in the Balkans, and every passenger has a watertight alibi. Read full book review >

THIRTEEN AT DINNER by Agatha Christie
Released: Sept. 22, 1933

Another Hercule Poirot story, and one of the best, with a pleasant murderer, beautiful and dumb, with a dinner party, an impersonator, and plenty of gore. Read full book review >