My Christie Top 20 in chronological order


At the Facebook Group “Golden Age Detection” some participants have posted our 20 favourite Christie novels. My 20 so far, in chronological order, are:

1. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, 1926 (Hercule Poirot #3)

2. Murder on the Orient Express, 1934 (Hercule Poirot #8) US also as Murder in the Calais Coach

3. The ABC Murders, 1936 (Hercule Poirot #11) US also as The Alphabet Murders

4. Cards on the Table, 1936 (Hercule Poirot #13) (Superintendent Battle #3)

5. Death on the Nile, 1937 (Hercule Poirot #15)

6. Appointment with Death, 1938 (Hercule Poirot #16)

7. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, 1938 (Hercule Poirot #17) US also as Murder for Christmas, A Holiday for Murder

8. Murder is Easy, 1939 (Superintendent Battle #4) US also as Easy to Kill

9. And Then There Were None (1939)

10. The Body in the Library, 1942 (Miss Marple #2)

11. Five Little Pigs, 1942 (Hercule Poirot #21) US also as Murder in Retrospect

12. The Moving Finger, 1942 (Miss Marple #3) US also as The Case of the Moving Finger

13. Towards Zero, 1944 (Superintendent Battle #5) US also as Come and Be Hanged

14. Sparkling Cyanide (1944) by Agatha Christie US also as Remembered Death

15. The Hollow, 1946 (Hercule Poirot #22) US also as Murder after Hours

16. Crooked House (1949)

17. A Murder is Announced, 1950 (Miss Marple #4)

18. After the Funeral, 1953 (Hercule Poirot #25) US also as Funerals are Fatal

19. The Pale Horse (1961)

20. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, 1975 (Hercule Poirot #33)

And my favourite Christie’s short stories are: “The Witness for the Prosecution” (1925); “Accident” (1929); “Philomel Cottage” (1924); and “The Second Gong” (1932).

2 thoughts on “My Christie Top 20 in chronological order”

  1. Great list! You’ve got some of my favourites here as well, though I’m not very keen on Hercule Poirot’s Christmas or Cards on the Table – I’d probably replace them with Endless Night and one of the Tommy & Tuppences, probably N or M? or By the Pricking of my Thumbs, both of which I liked very much.

  2. Indeed an excellent list and all my favourites are included. Just seeing these together makes me want to re-read a few of these yet again.

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