Crooked House by Agatha Christie (1949)

Crooked House is one of Agatha Christie’s special favourites - she said that writing it was pure pleasure and she considered this book one of her best. “I saved it up for years, thinking about it, working it out, saying to myself: ‘one day, when I’ve plenty of time, and want to really enjoy myself- … Continue reading Crooked House by Agatha Christie (1949)

Come, Tell me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan (1946)

    Come, Tell me How You Live, which Christie describes as 'a meandering chronicle' of life on an archaeological dig, is just delightful! I came across this book accidentally when I was looking for some of her crime novels with an archaeological setting. Agatha Christie met the distinguished young archaeologist, Max Mallowan, in 1930 … Continue reading Come, Tell me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan (1946)

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (1930)

  Miss Marple makes her debut in this novel which was my first introduction to Agatha Christie’s amateur sleuth. It was a very enjoyable crime mystery although I didn’t find Miss Marple herself very endearing. Maybe I have to get to know her a bit more. She was quite peripheral for most of this story … Continue reading The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (1930)

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie (1945)

      I've been on a crime spree lately: Dorothy L. Sayers, P.D. James, Ngaio Marsh, and now Agatha Christie. This is one of Agatha Christie’s books where Poirot and Miss Marple aren’t involved and I’ve tended to enjoy these books more. (See The Man in the Brown Suit, for example.) A year after … Continue reading Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie (1945)

And There There Were None by Agatha Christie (1939)

  'Ten little soldier boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were Nine... One little soldier boy left all alone;He went and hanged himself and then there were None.'         An old nursery rhyme forms the backdrop to Christie’s murder mystery, And Then There Were None.Ten strangers, … Continue reading And There There Were None by Agatha Christie (1939)

The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

    The Man in the Brown Suit is the fourth book I've read by Agatha Christie, the 'Queen of Crime.' I read Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile years ago and wasn't inspired enough to read any more of her novels but a couple of my children really liked The … Continue reading The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie