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Agatha: Easy To Kill or Murder Is Easy

As you know, I’ve been working my way through all of Agatha Christie’s novels in publication order. After reading her first thirty-seven books, I was getting a little tired of Hercule Poirot. I have a hunch Agatha (after thirty-eight books we are on a first name basis) was feeling the same way. I say that […]

Agatha: Sad Cypress

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1940 Genre: Mystery Source: Library My Rating: B I’m sure many of you have been wondering if I had given up on my quest to read all of Agatha Christie’s 87 novels. The answer is no – I haven’t given up, but my progress has stalled. I think I just […]

Book Review: Clues To Agatha

Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Harper Collins Genre: Mystery My Rating: A I’m a little over a third of the way through my quest to read all 87 of Agatha Christie’s novels and, frankly, I’ve been dragging in my enthusiasm to do so. Then, I found this ebook that is a nice overview of Agatha Christie’s […]

Book Review: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas

Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1939 Genre: Mystery My Rating: C+ I rearranged my reading list of my “Agatha’s” just so I could read Hercule Poirot’s Christmas in December. I was hoping for a classic old English mystery, maybe something like a Dicken’s version of an Agatha Christie murder. I didn’t get […]

Agatha Christie: Parker Pyne Investigates

To love this set of fourteen short stories, involves loving Mr. Parker Pyne. He’s the star of every one of the stories. He’s a character that is different from others created by Agatha Christie. Parker Pyne is not a detective at all. He’s a former civil servant who understands human nature. His business is all […]

Book Review: Appointment With Death

Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Collins Crime Club, 1938 Genre: Mystery My Rating: C+ From the publisher: Among the towering red cliffs of Petra, like some monstrous swollen Buddha, sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her. Hercule Poirot recalled […]

Agatha Christie: Murder In the Mews

Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1937 Genre: Detective Fiction My Rating: C+ Murder In the Mews is the title of the first novella in this four novella book. The story features our old friend Hercule Poirot and Superintendent Japp. The two are called to a home shared by two women. One of […]

Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie created a challenge for both herself and her readers in writing this, her first “nursery rhyme” mystery. Ten strangers (eight guests and two servants) are lured in various ways to a remote island off the coast of Devon by a Mr. and Mrs. U.N. Owen. There seems to be no one else on […]

Book Review: The Body in the Library

Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1942 Genre: Mystery My Rating: A+ I have been faithfully reading Agatha Christie’s novels in publication order. I’ve worked my way up to the late 1930s. Then I started to get bogged down. The stories were beginning to feel dark and sad. I know this time period […]

Book Review: Death On the Nile

Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Dodd, Mead, & Co, 1938 Genre: Mystery My Rating: A- Summary: A lovely cruise down the Nile River is the perfect trip for honeymooners unless the wife’s former best friend, who is also the husband’s ex-fiance, is also on board, determined to spoil the fun. The honeymoon is definitely over when […]