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Monday, September 16, 2013

Agatha Christie's Birthday

Yesterday was Agatha Christie's birthday! If she were still alive, she would have turned 123. Happy Birthday Dame Agatha! While she wrote for adults, her books have long been teen favorites and are also great go-tos for readers who are looking for more challenging books, but aren't necessarily read for more graphic content, as most of Christie's violence is firmly off-page.On

So, here are some of the books she wrote that were so good, she was made a dame.

    

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Poirot is on a train from Istanbul to Paris, which is stopped by snow in Yugoslavia. A body is discovered, and as no one can come or leave, a murder walks among them until Poirot can figure out the case.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. 10 people are lured to an island, accused of a murder, and then slowly picked off one by one. Who will be next? And who will be the last one standing? Originally titled Ten Little Indians, you may also want to check out the recent YA retelling, set in the modern day Ten by Gretchen McNeil.

The A. B. C. Murders by Agatha Christie. There's a serial killer working his way through the alphabet, and the entire country is on edge. Before every murder, Hercule Poirot gets a note from the killer-- but will he be able to catch him before he gets to Z?

    

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. When the richest man in town is murdered, the suspect list is long and varied. Everyone had a motive, but very few (if any) people had a way. There are marriages of convenience, heirs who have been written out of wills, affairs, black mail, and random drug-addicted relatives from America. The town doctor is our narrator and he's happy to tag along and watch his new next-door neighbor, Hercule Poirot solve the case.

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. When Colonel Protheroe is found dead in the vicar's study, no one can figure out whodunnit-- no one liked the Colonel very much and everyone wanted him dead. Miss Marple may be the town gossip, but that might just give her the information she needs to piece this one together.

They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie. Victoria Jones is set for adventure, but when she arrives in Baghdad, a wounded spy dies in her room. A secret summit is to take place, but an underground organization is determined to see it fail, unless Victoria can make sense of the spy's dying words and complete his mission to save the day.

    

The Mousetrap and Other Plays by Agatha Christie. In addition to novels and short stories, Christie is also known for her plays. The Mousetrap is the longest running play in history (over 60 years!) and is collected here with some of her other work for stage.

By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie. While not as popular as Poirot or Miss Marple, Christie did write a few Tommy and Tuppence mysteries. Tommy's Aunt Ada often rambles about something being buried in the fireplace at her nursing home. When she dies, Tuppence knows something isn't quite right and starts to investigate, only to find something much more sinister than Ada's murder.

Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie. Christie was the master of the short story and all the ones in this collection feature Parker Pyne, an odd private investigator who finds his clients with the simple personals ad "Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne."

What are your favorite works by Christie?

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