The Queen of Crime

I am a huge Agatha Christie fan. A major Agatha Christie fan. A fanatic, an enthusiast, *continues on with countless more synonyms* of her writings. Therefore, I plan to dedicate a post every Sunday to this great writer to discuss her writings/life.

The first book I read of hers was Ordeal by Innocence. I can’t say I was immediately captivated with that book, but I was slightly intrigued. It wasn’t until I read my second book, A Caribbean Mystery, that I instantly became obsessed with the books.

She came up with some amazing plots, which still amazes me how someone could come up with such intricate ideas for a book. I’m currently reading Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks by John Curran, and it wonderfully explains the thoughts running through her mind when planning her stories and how she would scribble down notes everywhere she went about the places she saw and the people she met or encountered, (many of which have inspired her characters). It really is fascinating to see how a writer meticulously plans a story.

Christie led an adventurous and mysterious life. She disappeared to an unknown location (at the time) for a while, she went on archeological digs with her husband (many of which inspired her stories), and she had a great knowledge of poisons/drugs as she worked in a dispensary in her younger years.

Basically this post is to give a quick overview of her. She is a brilliant writer and I hope you check out some of her books if haven’t done so already.

If you’re looking for a place to start (which can be overwhelming since she has so many books to choose from) here are three books which are considered some of her best.

  1. And Then There Were None
  2. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  3. Murder on the Orient Express

All are well-written books, but if you want to get a good taste of Christie’s writing overall, read And Then There Were None. You’ll instantly be hooked.



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