Top 10 Books by Agatha Christie

 

Agatha Christie remains to this day one of the most published authors of recent times with her novels getting translated into several languages. She continues to be a cornerstone when it comes to mystery novels. Agatha Christie has wowed millions of readers all over the world with her unique murder mysteries and has impacted discourse all over the world from plays to investigative journalism. This list gives some of her best books which had been collated from various sources.

 

The murder of Roger Ackroyd

This book stands  out of one of Christie’s best; her inimitable style along with the characters and the idyllic village setting with her famous detective Hercule Poirot makes this book a must read.  The story revolves around the mystifying murder of Roger and the fact that it takes place in under some strange circumstances,  which sets the tone. And the rest of the whodunit is how Poirot solves the impossible. A definite must read and one of Agatha Christie’s best books to date.

Read it For:
A classic whodunit
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into mysteries you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
a great murder mystery

Peril at End house

A party thrown by the owner with the cousin getting bumped off sets the tone for the perfect whodunit.  Agatha Christie manages to build a credible narrative with the respective twists and turns, clueing and a shocker that would astound everyone. Completely logical and yet the unmasking of the murderer is bound to amaze some. The perfect book that you can relax with on any rainy day which is why this book ranks as one of the top 10 books by Agatha Christie

Read it For:
for the perfect whodunit
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into mystery novels then you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
the fast paced plot and Christie’s twists is bound to keep you engrossed to the very end

Murder on the Orient express

This book is a tad controversial in the sense that it advocates vigilantism but that apart, it is a great whodunit. The story begins with the Orient express being trapped by snowdrifts and what follows next is the pre-planned murder of Ratchet. And of course, Poirot who is traveling in the same train offers to solve the mystery with shocking consequences. A perfect Agatha Christie mystery which is why it is also ranked as one of Agatha Christie best books

Read it For:
the perfect whodunit where everyone is a suspect
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into mysteries you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
strong characters, unexpected twists and turns

The ABC murders

The premise is simple enough;  a serial killer starts killing victims based on how their name begins and what follows next is a fast plot with Poirot racing against time to prevent another murder from taking place. Agatha Christie at her inimitable best and the end would leave you shell shocked wanting for more. Definitely on of Agatha Christie’s best books and she does not disappoint.

Read it For:
a beautifully crafted murder mystery
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into murder mysteries you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
The fast paced plot and the enthralling plot that just makes it hard to put down the book
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And then there were none

The story picks up where nine dubious individuals are invited to a party at an island and what follows next, as they get bumped off one by one set the tone for the perfect murder mystery. This book is often crowned as one of Christie’s greatest achievement which it is as it is ranked to be one of top 10 books by Agatha Christie.  What sets this book apart from the others, apart from the twists and turns is the fact that it was developed as a standalone novel with little or no connection to Christie’s other books

Read it For:
fast paced plot; good characters with tension being ratcheted up by the page
Don't Read it For:
If you are not into murder mysteries then you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
a fast paced plot with the requisite twists and turns

Five little pigs

This book stands out as an example of Christie’s masterful storytelling technique; the story takes place when Caroline’s daughter asks Poirot to help prove her mother’s innocence of the murder she is supposed to have committed nearly 16 years before.  What follows next is Poirot at his very best as he sifts through the various clues before making the required deductions that helps him to identify the killer. A must read book for all Poirot fans out there; moreover this book is ranked as one of Agatha Christie Best sellers

Read it For:
a perfect whodunit as Poirot is tasked with solving a murder that is supposed to have taken 16 years before
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into murder mysteries then you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
Agatha Christie’s character development and the fast paced plot

Crooked house

An extended family,  a crooked house, forms the perfect backdrop for the murder and as the rest of the story centers around the masking of the murderer, what follows next is the unraveling of the extended family as old hostilities are bought to the center stage. This is the perfect whodunit novel and initially Christie’s publishers thought the end to be too shocking but still published the same. Christie at her inimitable best which is why it is ranked as one of the top 10 Agatha Christie books

Read it For:
Christie as she de-evolves the family into the perfect setting for murder
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into murder mysteries you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
Christie’s characters and a fast paced plot

A murder is announced

Set in post war Britain, a murder is announced in the local paper and while most assume that it is a game, it turns out to be anything but that. As the murder does take place, as announced, Miss Marple tries solving the murder. This book is definitely one of Agatha Christie’s best books as she manages to build a credible story with a fast paced one at that. This is the book that you would definitely need to read on any rainy day as it is Christie at her creative best.

Read it For:
a good murder plot; the perfect whodunit
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into murder mysteries you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
the fast paced plot as well as Miss Marple as she tries to solve the impossible

Endless night

Set during the 1960’s, the story revolves around Michael Rogers setting down and marrying a rich heiress and what follows next is murder at its most shocking. This book has always considered as one of the top 10 books by Agatha Christie for its fast paced plot with the respective twists and turns that is bound to shock all Christie fans. Christie manages to draw you in right from page one and manages to build a slow crescendo which soon comes to the perfect climax, a must read for all Christie fans

Read it For:
Agatha Christie’s talent in crafting the perfect murder mystery
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into murder mysteries you may want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
the strong plot as well as the twists and turns

Curtain ( Poirot’s last case)

This book, even though it was written during the Second World War, takes place in the 1970’s; it is Poirot’s last appearance and Christie has managed to do the impossible by crafting the perfect murder mystery for her Belgian detective to solve. What follows next is Christie at her creative best as she ratchets up the tension with every page with the shocking ending that will leave you wanting for more. Definitely one of her very best which is why it is ranked among the top Agatha Christie bestsellers

Read it For:
if you love whodunits then you would love this one
Don't Read it For:
if you are not into murder mysteries then you would want to give this a miss
What makes this book stand out?:
strong characters and a fast paced plot

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