Agatha Christie Project

My Agatha Christie Project 2019

If you saw my post on my reading goals on Tuesday, you might have noticed that I really didn’t have a ton of goals set out other than wanting to read, spend less money on books, and to work in some non-fiction. Other than that, a big goal was to bring more hygge to my reading and what is more hygge than cozy mysteries?

When I used to think about cozy mysteries, I’d think of those little paperback books with cats on the covers and cutesy titles like “A Yarn of a Murder” or “The Cat-tastic Caper” (note: not real titles, in case you couldn’t tell.). What I didn’t think was cozy was mysteries by Agatha Christie.

It wasn’t until mid-November of 2017 that I read my first Agatha Christie book. The movie adaptation for Murder on the Orient Express was due to come out and I wanted to read the book before seeing it (note: I still haven’t seen the movie). I completely fell in love with the writing and the way Christie sets up the story. I adored Poirot as a detective and loved how cozy the book felt. It wasn’t cutesy or gimmicky at all, but just a solid mystery with wonderful characters.

It’s funny because after that I read another of Christie’s books in December of 2017 and then two in the next January and then NOTHING for the rest of the year. Last month I picked up another Christie book, a collection of short stories on Poirot, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, and I wondered why the heck I wasn’t reading more of her books. When I started the first story in this book I automatically felt more hygge, more at home, and more cozy. It was one of those books where it felt familiar and brand new at the same time.

Agatha Christie has written a LOT of stories, from novels to short stories to plays, with detectives like Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy & Tuppence. There is a LOT to choose from and so I decided that I wanted to just dive into her books this year and try and read as much as I could.

The real question I have before the year starts is: where to start with my Agatha Christie reading?

There are so many ways I could go; perhaps starting with a certain detective series, or reading her stand-alone novels, or even reading everything in publication order. OR just go randomly and try to read as much as I can.

Regardless, I am SO excited to read more Agatha Christie in 2019 and hope I can make a good dent into her work throughout the year. I’m going to try and share my progress as the year goes on and I’m really hoping that the more I read the more I get addicted to her books! And maybe inspire someone else to read them, too.

Are you a fan of Agatha Christie books? Which are your favourite? How would you go about reading all of her books? 


12 thoughts on “My Agatha Christie Project 2019”

  1. This is a great idea! I’ve read a couple of hers, but have a couple more that I haven’t gotten to yet. She is a fun -and you’re right, cozy- author. Enjoy your project! I bet that you’ll figure out your path as you get started.

  2. Oh, great project!
    I read quite a lot of her books. I wanna say around 50 of them. I didn’t read the Poirot ones in order, and i don’t think it’s necessary but nowadays i would not be able to start a series in the middle 😀

  3. Rubs hands together gleefully…

    I am down to 8 remaining full-length novels on my Christie completion list. I can give you a few tips. First, there isn’t one recurring characters whose books are all great. Christie has a few really outstanding mysteries, a whole bunch of quite good mysteries, and a few total clunkers. Unless you plan on reading everything she ever wrote, I highly recommend skipping the following books: The Big Four, Passenger to Frankfurt (one of the worst books I’ve ever read), Postern of Fate, & Destination Unknown.

    I read all of the Poirot books in one year, and it was a terrific project. (The Big Four is a Poirot book, so you sort of have to read that if you are reading all of Poirot, but it’s terrible and not representative of her skill as a writer).

    If you want to dabble in her books and get a good sampling, here are my recommendations in terms of the strongest mysteries:

    Poirot: Mysterious Affair at Styles is the book that started it all – start there. Next steps: Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Peril at End House, Murder on the Orient Express (it sounds like you’ve read that one already) The ABC Murders, Death on the Nile, Five Little Pigs, Appointment with Death, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, & Dead Man’s Folly.

    Marple: I’m not as big of a fan of Marple as I am of Poirot. I recommend Murder at the Vicarage, since that’s the jumping off point, as well as 4:50 From Paddington, because I love Lucy Eyelesbarrow. None of them are terrible though, so you can’t really go far wrong with Marple.

    Remainder: there are a couple of other recurring characters worth mentioning: for Superintendent Battle, I recommend The Seven Dials Mystery, which is sort of a romp, and Towards Zero which is a great psychological study. For Colonel Race, I love Sparkling Cyanide and consider it one of her strongest mysteries. In the area of standalones: And Then There Were None is gripping, Endless Night is intriguing and different, Crooked House is disturbing, and The Sittaford Mystery is a fantastic snowy, wintry puzzle with another of my favorite side-characters, Emily Trefusis.

    Finally, Cards on the Table isn’t Christie’s strongest mystery, but it brings together four of her recurring characters: Hercule Poirot, Colonel Race, Superintendent Battle & Ariadne Oliver in a game of bridge that will never be forgotten. I’d read it after reading at least one of the books containing those characters (Death on the Nile, Towards Zero & Dead Man’s Folly would give you a good foundation).

    Whatever you decide to read, have a great time at it! Christie is a blast!

  4. I’ve actually read quite a few Christie novels. I prefer Miss Marple to Poirot, but my favorite are the Tommy and Tuppence novels. There are only a few of them – four novels and a collection of short stories (I’m not sure if I read them all, though). What I liked most was that these characters aged in the books, whereas Marple and Poirot always seem to be the same age in all the books.

  5. This is a great project 🙂
    I’ve just started reading Agatha Christie too. For me I saw the new movie and that left me wanting to read the original book and from there I’m trying to read as much as I can, mostly Poirot at the moment.
    I must have been in the minority going into that movie without knowing whodunit and it was such a great reveal that I couldn’t resist checking out the books.
    Good luck with your project 🙂

  6. I’m not going has far as you guys to read Agatha Christie’s whole collection , just her 2 autobiography s one I already read and one I’m reading at the moment Agatha Christie’s notebook ,

    Great project for 2019 you got going , good luck with reading her whole collection

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