Day: February 21, 2019

Poirot novels and short story collections by Agatha Christie

2a9cbd9ac73a69b686578d770cae1d34_thumbThis post was meant as a private note after embarking myself in the task of reading all Poirot novels and short story collections by Agatha Christie. Its main purpose was to keep track of my progress. Now I believe it can be of some interest to regular or sporadic readers of this blog. I have used as a based Hercule Poirot reading list available at Agatha Christie website: The Home of Agatha Christie, here. My favourite novels, so far, are marked in bold. Though I’m afraid I’m not very original in my taste.

Suggested Reading order. The most important point to note is – make sure you read Curtain last. Other points to note are:

  1. Lord Edgware Dies should be read before After the Funeral
  2. Five Little Pigs should be read before Elephants Can Remember
  3. Cat Among the Pigeons should be read before Hallowe’en Party
  4. Mrs McGinty’s Dead should be read before Hallowe’en Party and Elephants Can Remember
  5. Murder on the Orient Express should be read before Murder in Mesopotamia
  6. Three Act Tragedy should be read before Hercule Poirot’s Christmas

Otherwise, it’s possible to read the Poirot books in any order – but we suggest the following (Needless to say that I didn’t follow the suggested order):

  1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
  2. Murder on the Links (1923)
  3. Christmas Adventure (short story) (1923)
  4. Poirot Investigates (short stories) (1924)
  5. Poirot’s Early Cases (short stories) (1974)
  6. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
  7. The Big Four (1927)
  8. The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928)
  9. Black Coffee (play novelisation by Charles Osborne) (1997)
  10. Peril at End House (1932)
  11. The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest (short story) (1932)
  12. Second Gong (short story) 1932
  13. Lord Edgware Dies (1933)
  14. Murder on the Orient Express (1934)
  15. Three Act Tragedy (1935)
  16. Death in the Clouds (1935)
  17. The A.B.C. Murders (1936)
  18. Murder in Mesopotamia (1936)
  19. Cards on the Table (1936)
  20. Yellow Iris (short story) (1937)
  21. Murder in the Mews (four novellas) (1937)
  22. Dumb Witness (1937)
  23. Death on the Nile (1937)
  24. Appointment with Death (1938)
  25. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938)
  26. Sad Cypress (1940)
  27. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940)
  28. Evil Under the Sun (1941)
  29. Five Little Pigs (1942)
  30. The Hollow (1946)
  31. The Labours of Hercules (short stories) (1947)
  32. Taken at the Flood (1948)
  33. Mrs McGinty’s Dead (1952)
  34. After the Funeral (1953)
  35. Hickory Dickory Dock (1955)
  36. Dead Man’s Folly (1956)
  37. Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)
  38. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (short stories) (1960 not published in the USA)
  39. The Clocks (1963)
  40. Third Girl (1966)
  41. Hallowe’en Party (1969)
  42. Elephants Can Remember (1972)
  43. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case (1975)

Four Poirot short stories appear in non-Poirot short story collections: Second Gong (1932) and Yellow Iris (1937) appear in Problem at Pollensa Bay and other stories (1991) in the UK and in Witness for the Prosecution and other stories (1948) and The Regatta Mystery and other stories (1939) respectively in the US. Christmas Adventure (1923) and The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest (1932) appear in While the Light Lasts and other stories (1997) in the UK and in the US The Mystery of the Spanish Chest replaced The Mystery of the Spanish Chest in The Harlequin Tea Set and other stories (1997). Christmas Adventure has not been published in this version in the USA.

A Look Back

Looking back, on 5 September 2017 I posted my wish-list on that date and, today, I was curious to find out where do I stand in this respect. Which books I’ve read, which ones I bought, and which ones I’m still interested in. These are my findings

  1. A Patient Fury (DC Childs mystery Book 3) by Sarah Ward. In my TBR pile since 13 December 2017
  2. The Intrusions (Carrigan & Miller Book 3) by Stav Sherez
  3. Then She Was Gone by Luca Veste
  4. Game of Mirrors (Inspector Montalbano) by Andrea Camilleri (tr. Stephen Sartarelli). In my TBR pile since 2 February 2019.
  5. Wolves in the Dark (Varg Veum) by Gunnar Staalesen (tr. Don Bartlett)
  6. After You Die (DI Zigic & DS Ferreira), by Eva Dolan
  7. The House by Simon Lelic
  8. Hellfire (Inspector Sejer) by Karin Fossum (tr. Kari Dickson)
  9. Fever by Deon Meyer (tr. K.L. Seegers). In my TBR pile since  10 September 2017
  10. Watch Her Disappear (Zigic & Ferreira 4) by Eva Dolan
  11. A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee
  12. Prussian Blue (A Bernie Gunther Novel) by Philip Kerr
  13. The Road to Ithaca (Martin Bora) by Ben Pastor
  14. The Long Drop (Alex Morrow Novels) by Denise Mina. In my TBR pile since 21 February 2019
  15. A Nest of Vipers (Inspector Montalbano) by Andrea Camilleri (tr. Stephen Sartarelli)
  16. Icarus (Benny Griessel) by Deon Meyer (tr. K.L. Seegers)
  17. Insidious Intent (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 10) by Val McDermid. In my TBR pile since 30 May 2018.
  18. The Late Show by Michael Connelly
  19. Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel) by Louise Penny
  20. The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham
  21. A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee
  22. The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indridason (tr. Victoria Cribb)
  23. The City of Lies (Stefan Gillespie Book 4) by Michael Russell. In my TBR pile since 11 August 2018.
  24. The Thirst (Harry Hole 11) by Jo Nesbo (tr. Neil Smith). In my TBR pile since 10 April 2018.
  25. The Accordionist (Three Evangelists Trilogy 3) by Fred Vargas (tr. Sian Reynolds)
  26. A Thousand Cuts (A Spike Sanguinetti Mystery) by Thomas Mogford
  27. The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards
  28. Whiteout (Dark Iceland) by Ragnar Jónasson (tr. Quentin Bates). In my TBR pile since 1 May 2018.
  29. Low Heights by Garnier Pascal (tr. Jane Aitken)
  30. The Seagull (Vera Stanhope Book 8) by Ann Cleeves

I’ve only read 7 out of 30, I believe. Of the remaining 23, I already have 8 in my TBR list. I’ll set as a priority to read those eight books in the next months. Am still interested in reading almost all the 15 left, I might not read one or two, but price wise I still find some very expensive, even in Kindle format.