Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Read All The Agatha Christie Mysteries

When Agatha Christie died in January 1976, she was arguably the most famous detective story writer in the world. Her books continue to sell, and if anything, Ms. Christie is more popular today than when she died. New productions of her novels and stories continue to be filmed; and her play, The Mousetrap, has been running continuously since it opened in 1952 (over 25,000 performances). Reading Agatha Christie's books is a pleasure, and the only effort needed is finding the time.

This year, I decided to set a goal and read all of Agatha Christie's mysteries in publication order. As I complete each book, I will write a review. First on the agenda is The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), the book that introduced Hercule Poirot, Inspector Japp, and Arthur Hastings. I read the book as a child/teenager and vaguely remember it as being old-fashioned. I wonder how I will find it now, 40 years later. 

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