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.
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.