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Agatha Christie was an English murder mystery novel writer. She was born in Ashfield, Torquay to a wealthy family. Hers was a happy childhood, until her father died in 1901. Her father’s death plunged the family into financial strain, especially Agatha who was only 11 at the time. Although she started writing plays and songs at an early age, her true passion lay in writing stories, and in her lifetime, she wrote a remarkable number of them. Agatha died in 1976 at the age of 85.

Order of Agatha Christie Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published
1 The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories 1932
2 The Hound of Death 1933
3 The Listerdale Mystery and Eleven Other Stories 1934
4 Parker Pyne Investigates 1934
5 Witness for the Prosecution: And Selected Plays 1948
6 Double Sin and other stories 1961
7 Star over Bethlehem, and other stories 1965
8 The Golden Ball and Other Stories 1971
9 The Mousetrap and Other Plays 1978
10 Problem at Pollensa Bay 1985
11 The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories 1997
12 While the Light Lasts 1997
13 Bloodstained Pavement and Other Stories 2003
14 Death by Drowning 2003
15 Seven Deadly Sins 2004
16 Masterpieces in Miniature 2005
17 The Detectives - Short Stories 2005
18 The Tuesday Night Club and Other Stories 2005
19 The Listerdale Mystery 2005
20 Miss Marple and Mystery 2008
21 The Witness for the Prosecution, and Other Stories 2016

Order of Agatha Christie Standalone Novels

Order of Colonel Race Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Man in the Brown Suit 1924
2 Cards On the Table 1936
3 Death on the Nile 1937
4 Sparkling Cyanide 1945

Order of Harley Quin Series

Order of Hercule Poirot Collections

Order of Hercule Poirot Series

# Read Title Published
1 Mysterious Affair at Styles 1920
2 The Murder on the Links 1923
3 Poirot Investigates 1924
4 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 1926
5 The Big Four 1927
6 The Mystery of the Blue Train 1928
7 Peril at End House 1932
8 Lord Edgware Dies 1933
9 Murder on the Orient Express 1934
10 Three Act Tragedy 1935
11 Death in the Clouds 1935
12 The A.B.C. Murders 1936
13 Murder in Mesopotamia 1936
14 Cards on the Table 1936
15 Murder in the Mews 1937
16 Dumb Witness 1937
17 Death on the Nile 1937
18 Appointment with Death 1938
19 Hercule Poirot's Christmas 1938
20 Sad Cypress 1940
21 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe 1940
22 Evil Under the Sun 1941
23 Five Little Pigs 1942
24 The Hollow 1946
25 Taken at the Flood 1948
26 Mrs. McGinty's Dead 1952
27 After the Funeral 1953
28 Hickory Dickory Dock 1955
29 Dead Man's Folly 1956
30 Cat Among the Pigeons 1959
31 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding 1960
32 The Clocks 1963
33 Third Girl 1966
34 Hallowe'en Party 1969
35 Elephants Can Remember 1972
36 Curtain 1975
37 Four and Twenty Blackbirds (Short Story) 1989
38 The Million Dollar Bond Robbery (Short Story) 1998
39 Black Coffee 1998
40 Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (Short Story) 2000
41 Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly 2013
42 The Kidnapping of Johnny Waverly (Short Story) 2014
43 The Monogram Murders 2014
44 The Under Dog (Short Story) 2016

Order of Miss Marple Collections

Order of Miss Marple Series

Order of Superintendent Battle Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Secret of Chimneys 1925
2 The Seven Dials Mystery 1929
3 Cards on the Table 1936
4 Murder is Easy 1939
5 Towards Zero 1944

Order of Tommy and Tuppence Collections

# Read Title Published
1 Partners in Crime 1929

Order of Tommy and Tuppence Series

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Agatha was married twice in her life. Her first marriage to Archibald Christie ended in 1928, and in a very dramatic way. When Agatha discovered that Archie was having an affair with a certain Nancy Neele, and after Archie asked her for a divorce, she disappeared for a solid ten days, a period in which there were frantic efforts to find her. She would later be found at her a hotel having registered under Neele’s name. It was thought by many that she had disappeared in an effort to frame her husband and his lover for her murder, but she would later be diagnosed with amnesia. Her second marriage was to Sir Max Mallowan and it lasted until she died in 1976.

Most of Agatha’s work revolves around solving murder cases and an assortment of other crimes. However, Agatha also wrote 6 romantics using the pen name Mary Westmaccot. Agatha wrote both novels and short stories: she wrote 66 novels and 14 short stories. Some of the characters that appear in several of her books include the brainy and crafty Captain Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, both of whom are very gifted detectives.

Agatha Christie Awards

Agatha has been listed in the Guinness World Book of Records as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her books have also been rated as the third most published books after Shakespeare’s and The Bible. She was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s highest honor, the Grand Master Award in 1955. Her book, Witness for The Prosecution also won her the Edgar Award while her other book The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 writers of the Crime Writer’s Association.

Agatha Christie Books Made Into Movies/TV

Witness for the Prosecution is one of the many books by Agatha that have been made into movies. In this particular book, the main character, Leonard Vole, an inventor, is accused of the murder of his acquaintance, a rich lady who was killed a short while after she changed the content of her will to leave some of her wealth to Leonard. Leonard seeks the services of a sickly lawyer who does all he can to get him acquitted. The great controversy occurs when Leonard’s wife, Christine Vole, accepts to be a witness for the prosecution, thus building a very strong case against her husband. However, Christine later saves Leonard and, in an odd turn of events, kills him at the very end.

Best Agatha Christie Books:

And Then There Were None is one of Agatha Christie’s best- selling novels. The novel revolves around the mysterious deaths of ten people in a remote Indian Island. It all starts with an invitation of eight strangers to the Island by a mysterious Mr. Owen. Vera Claythorne, one of the guests thinks she is being offered a job as a secretary in the Island. She is a former governess. Dr. Armstrong thinks he is being invited to care for the wife of the owner of the Island. Four of them, Emily Brent, General Macarthy, Tony Marston and judge Wargrave all think that they are going to visit old friends, while the remaining two, Philip Lombard and William Blore think that that have been called to look out over the Island over the weekend.

To their shock, they all start dying one after the other under questionable circumstances, such as poisoning and even shooting. It follows that when they are all dead and the police start investigating the murder, that the murderer was the judge, who in a note wrote to say that he wanted to kill the victims for crimes they had committed in their lifetimes; crimes that could not be punished by law. The mystery in this book unravels in a truly captivating manner.

Mysterious Affair at Styles is also another great book by Agatha Christie, where Poirot, the clever detective, saves the day by correctly solving the murder of Mrs. Ingelthorpe.

All of Agatha’s work is fascinating in its own way and it therefore comes as no surprise that her books have won so many awards.