As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish.
This week's topic is Ten Book Recommendations For ________. Lately, I've seen a lot of people in Facebook book groups looking to start reading Agatha Christie, and wondering which books of hers people would recommend the most. So here are ten of my favorite books by my all-time favorite author, in hopes Ms. Christie will gain even more readers!
This book was definitely controversial when it came out, with Christie even being accused of having cheated her readers, but I think it's absolutely brilliant. Christie invented a trope (I won't say any more so as not to spoil anything) that is extremely popular today.
Christie is the master of taking what you think you know, and turning it on its head. This one is full of twists and turns, and lots of drama, as Poirot attempts to protect a young woman from multiple attempts on her life.
This is my absolute favorite Miss Marple. It's a collection of short stories, all linked, where a group gathers and attempts to solve crimes shared by other members.
With a killer who strikes in alphabetical order, readers are right there with Poirot as he attempts to narrow down the list of victims among all of England's population, before it's too late and the killer strikes again.
This has already had an excellent movie adaptation, and there is an adaptation coming to the big screen in November. Definitely read the book before seeing the movie. Christie combines a snowbound train, a murder victim, and railroad cars full of suspects, into eerie suspense.
This is not only Christie's first published work, but the book where Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings are introduced.
I love books about secrets from the past, and Christie delivers that full force here. A group is reunited one year after a mysterious death at the very table they are sharing again.\
This is one of Christie's most famous books (if not her most famous) for a reason-it is pure genius. The story is terrifying and suspenseful, as ten strangers find themselves gathered on an isolated island by a murderer. There have also been two excellent movie adaptations, and it is the inspiration behind a lot of modern books, such as Ten, Ten Dead Comedians, and The Decagon House Murders.
In this tale, Christie features a character who collects murderers--specifically those who have gotten away with their crimes.
Here, a murder is, as the title states, actually announced before it occurs. A group gathers to see if the person who posted the announcement will actually go through with it, and then the lights go off...This was actually the very first Christie book I read, and I was hooked!
Have you read any Agatha Christie before? Which book did you start with?