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.

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