My Progress In Reading Agatha Christie

Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I am attempting to read all of Agatha Christie’s published works in order of their publication date. Up to this point I’ve managed to plow right through books published up to 1934. I’ve read a total of 16.

While doing some research on Three Act Tragedy, I discovered that I was missing several volumes of short stories. As a matter of fact, I’ve missed adding twenty-one short story collections to my list!! I discovered my discrepancy when I learned one of the characters in Three Act Tragedy made his debut appearance in a series of short stories, The Mysterious Mr. Quin (1930).

So, I’ve been in a quandary as to whether to add the short story collection to my list or leave them out. On the one hand, I could sail through Ms. Christie’s works faster if I skipped the short stories. On the other hand, I’d be missing out on some key characters, like in the case of Mr. Quin.

I went back to my list of novels and, for some reason, I started counting them. It turns out there are only sixty-six novels, not the eighty-seven I thought. If I add the twenty-one short story volumes, that equals eighty-seven. Therefore, I’m sticking to my original goal of eighty-seven books which I now know is sixty-six novels and twenty-one short story collections. I probably could have figured this out by asking Kerrie of Mysteries In Paradise, the sponsor of this challenge. But, you know, sometimes it’s more fun to just bumble along.

I’m going to go back and pick up some of the short story collections and I’ll fit them in between the novels I planned to read. I’ll do that until I catch up. Then I’ll keep on moving through the decades.

Partners In Crime (1929) is one of the short story collections. I’ve been reading it a little bit at a time and decided to finish it so I can tell you about it today.

These stories all feature Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. I first met them in The Secret Adversary, Ms. Christie’s second novel. They are a savvy and witty young married couple in London in the 1920s. They love detective novels as well as “real life” crime and detection. They love it so much they purchased a nearly bankrupt detective agency.

Each of the sixteen short stories is one of Tommy and Tuppence’s cases. The stories are all light and fun, nothing violent or gruesome. There are numerous reference to fictional detectives. If you are up on your classic early detective fiction, you’ll like this one.

Partners In Crime is my 17th Christie read. Only 70 to go. If you are interested in joining the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge, visit Kerrie by clicking on the button above or going here.

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13 Responses to My Progress In Reading Agatha Christie

  1. Tea says:

    I didn’t realize she wrote short stories. I love that name Tommy Tuppence. I’m going to try and start this challenge soon by putting your badge on my blog. Thanks for the encouragement.

  2. Beth F says:

    I never read any of the Tommy and Tuppence stories, but there was a PBS or BBC series based on them. I remember seeing a couple of episodes and think they were fun. I didn’t realize they were based on stories instead of novels.

  3. kaye says:

    Wow, that is some challenge to read 87 novels/short stories. Kudos to you for getting to 17 already. Sounds like you are really enjoying the challenge. have a great week and happy reading!

  4. Cerrin says:

    Wow that is amazing you didnt have all of them. You MUST get them to add to the collection.

  5. Wow, you’re doing great with that challenge. The nice part of short stories is that you can take your time completing a collection.

  6. Kay says:

    You are doing a great job, Margot. I don’t think I’ve read all 87 of the Agatha Christie books, but I’ve read most of them I think. One thing, I think that some of the short story collections may contain repeat stories. Maybe not, but it might happen. I know that I had a complete set of the Miss Marple short stories in one volume and it pulled from several books. Enjoy this challenge. I think that Christie books are timeless and that people will still be reading them 100 years from now. 🙂

  7. stacybuckeye says:

    I love the cover on this one. I swear I’m going to join this challenge. I’m thinking it may be a good one for next year when I’m looking for shorter books 🙂 And reading them all in order is just my thing!
    I’m loving following your progress.

  8. How funny – I think I am happy to skip an 87 book challenge! :–)

  9. I am reading as many as I can — but not in order. That’s too much for my weak brain to handle !

  10. Robin says:

    Way to go, Margot and keep it up. I tried but couldn’t get into Agatha Christie’s books.

  11. Bumbles says:

    I can’t believe you signed on to a challenge thinking there were 87 books involved!!! So I am relieved for you that a good chunk of these titles are short stories – which I know you have a hankering for anyway. And yes – it is by far more fun and entertaining to bumble through things on your own every now and then ;0)

  12. Staci says:

    I like bumbling along too..makes the journey that much more fun! 😀
    I’m going to make sure to reference your posts when I start reading these books!

  13. BooksPlease says:

    I’m enjoying this challenge too. For one reason – I like Agatha Christie’s books – and another reason – there are no deadlines, so I don’t feel under any pressure. I thought I’d read most of her books years ago when I first came across them – now I know better, I’d just read the ones I’d found. So far I’ve read 17 books and 2 collections of short stories. I can’t be as disciplined as you though and I’m reading them as I find them, so I’ve read some of her early ones and also some of the later books. I like the fact that she wrote so many – I’ll be reading them for quite a while yet.

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