Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Top Ten Tuesday: Ten of My Favorite Agatha Christie Novels
(Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish: The Broke and the Bookish )
As this Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie week, and today is what would have been Agatha Christie's 125th birthday, I had to talk about ten of my favorite books from my favorite author.
1) And Then There Were None
Mix a terrifying island cut off from the rest of the civilization, ten strangers all accused of various horrific crimes, mysterious deaths that match a nursery rhyme, and the very scary realization that the murderer is somewhere among them, and Agatha Christie had an absolute classic on her hand. This is a book that stands up to repeated re readings. Just writing this makes me want to pick it up again.
2) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Christie sets the precedent here for one of the greatest, most shocking twists to ever be written. This is another one where you want to re read it as soon as you finish it.
3) Endless Night
This is another Christie with an epic twist. Christie also creates an incredibly creepy and haunting atmosphere that you won't soon forget.
4) Peril at End House
This novel has a very colorful cast of characters, plus Hercule Poirot, plus a masterful use of red herrings.
5) A Murder is Announced
This one will always have a special place in my heart, as it was the first Agatha Christie I ever read. I still have the copy my Bubbe gave me. Plus, it is a fascinating concept, where a murder is actually advertised before it occurs.
6) Cards on the Table
What happens when a true crime aficionado decides to collect the acquaintance of people he believes got away with murder?
7) The Tuesday Club Murders
This is a collection of interconnected short stories. The concept is that a group holds meetings where each member is responsible for sharing a true crime that only they know the solution to, and the other members must try to figure out the solution themselves.
8) The A.B.C. Murders
In this novel, Christie truly proves why she is the mistress of misdirection. Plus, the idea of a murderer choosing his victims alphabetically is very creepy.
9) Murder on the Orient Express
A snowbound train is naturally a tense and frightening place, and Christie adds in an expertly done mystery from the past to compound the murder in the present. This novel truly has one of Christie's best endings.
10) The Mysterious Affair at Styles
It's hard to top the original!