The demand for Agatha Christie books is immense. Agatha has to her credit a number of books but is best remembered for her 66 detective novels which made her one of the best selling novelists of all times. Born Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie on the 15th September 1890 in Devon, England, she holds a host of records even today being one of the most translated writers in the history of mankind. She has sold more than 4 billion copies of her books which is a monumental figure. Before passing away on 12th January 1976 in Oxfordshire, Agatha had written numerous plays and books that have etched themselves into the literary memory of people all over the world. Agatha Christie was one of the leading proponents of what is now known as the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and although coming up with a list of her best books may prove to be a daunting task, here is a list of the top 10 Agatha Christie books.
10. The ABC Murders:
The ABC Murders is a great work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie. The book was first published in 1936 in the UK by Collins Crime Club and then in the same year in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company. The main character in this story is Hercule Poirot who is a feature in many of her books. This intriguing murder mystery is one of the most absorbing works in the genre of detective fiction and is a hit with people even today.
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Agatha Christie’s Curtain was also known as Poirot’s last case and was first published in 1975. Two of the most well known characters that she created made their final appearances in this particular book; the other was Arthur Hastings. The novel was written in the 1940s during the times of the Second World War at a time when the writer’s own life was in danger and she stored the book to be released later.
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8. Hickory Dickory Dock:
Hickory Dickory Dock was first published in 1955 and also featured Hercule Poirot’s detective Miss Felicity Lemon who had previously only appeared in Agatha’s short stories. The book was also published under the name Hickory Dickory Dead in the same year and was one of the most successful novels written by her.
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7. Death in the Clouds:
The book was first published under the name Death in the Air in 1935 and is a great work of detective fiction written by Agatha Christie. Poirot is again here and manages to solve a murder that occurs on a flight from Paris to Croydon. This 304 page book is interesting from cover to cover and keeps the reader gripped to their seat all throughout.
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6. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd:
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was first published in June 1926 in the UK. This is one of best Agatha Christie books known and also the most controversial one. The book has had a massive impact on the detective fiction genre and the writer also often said that this book was her masterpiece. The book also features Hercule Poirot who has often been compared to Sherlock Holmes as one of the greatest fictional detectives ever.
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5. A Murder is Announced:
A Murder is Announced was first published in 1950 and is venerated as a classic in crime novels by critics and readers alike. The book was promoted a lot when it was released and is one of her best known works even now. Like the title of the book, the story begins with the announcement of a murder through a notice in the newspaper.
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4. The Mousetrap and other plays:
The Mousetrap is a book written as a play by Agatha Christie and was first released in 1952. The play is the longest running show ever with a performance count of more than 20000 instances. The Mousetrap is best known for the amazing twist that it offers in the climax and the audience, at the end of every performance, is asked not to reveal the end. One of the most successful works of the writer, this play has been immortalized today and is still played.
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3. Murder on the Orient Express:
The book was released in 1934 and features Hercule Poirot. The book was also released under the name Murder in the Calais Coach in the same year and is one of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed works. Based on the book a film was also made which also did very well and is often called to be one of the most successful adaptations of Christie’s books of all time. There was also a TV series that was built around the book and is a favorite among her readers.
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2. Death on The Nile:
Death on the Nile is a detective fiction novel which was published in 1937 in the UK and a year later in the US. It is one of her most well known works with Hercule Poirot back as the central character. The story takes place on the River Nile in Egypt and hence the name Death on the Nile. This intriguing 288 page read is absorbing and is one of the best Agatha Christie books.
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1. And Then There Were None:
Undoubtedly, Agatha Christie’s best detective novel is And Then There Were None. It was released in 1939 in the UK under a controversial title which was later changed. The book has sold more than 100 million copies to date and is easily her most successful book. And Then There Were None is also the best selling mystery novel of all time and is also one of the bestselling books of all time. The book has been made into several films and plays; a video game was also made based on the book signifying its popularity.
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