- Hercule Poirot mentioned several times on the page is a fictional Belgian detective who was created by Agatha Christie for her novels, he has appeared into a total of 33 novels, 50 shot stories and a play.
- Jane Marple/Miss Marple is again a fictional character appearing in 12 of Christie’s novels and in 20 short stories.
About the book : Publication – It was written in midst of the WWI in 1916 and was first published by John Lane in US in 1920. It was published by The Bodley Head in UK in 1921. It was also one of the first 10 books published by Penguin Books in 1935
Story : This was the first novel by Christie, story-line of the book is set into the scenes of WWI where a Belgian refugee of WWI is settling in England and how a woman is killed in his neighborhood and he uses his detective skills to solve the murder mystery that prevails.
Story : Hercule Poirot receives a telegram in which he has been instructed to cancel out his arrangements and return to London. He gets a second-class berth into the train. During his journey he is approached by an elderly person who believes that his life is being threatened and tries to hire Poirot, the next morning Poirot gets to know that the person have been murdered and he has been asked to investigate the crime scene.
Story : The books is the third novel by Christie which features Hercule Poirot as lead detective in it. Poirot retires to a village near the home of a friend which he met in London, Ackroyd who agrees to keep this thing as a secret as Poirot continues to pursue his retirement project, but soon his friend is murdered and Poirot is called in to ensure that case shouldn’t fall onto Ackroyd’s son.
Story : This book introduces another fictional character Tommy and Tuppence who has earlier featured in other Christie novels, the plot is set after the war when its over and Jobs are scarce. Tommy and Tuppence meet and agree to start their own business, afterwards both of them are hired for a job in which they meet many dangerous situations and meeting their allies as well.
Story : The characters are dapper dandies and old teetotaler biddies, the murder is plausible, the details creditable and the solving of it all rewardingly confounding. the Vicar, is married to a woman half his age and is always a little suspicious that she may be looking at other men. He’s the long-suffering clergyman of the town – all the little old ladies come to him with their troubles and gossip – including the incredibly sharp Jane Marple.
Story : Hercule Poirot is featured in this novel of Christie. Poirot, everyone’s favourite detective, receives a mysterious letter warning him of a crime to hit Adover and Hercule correctly predicts murder. Soon a string of murders spread out among different cities and a variety of victims begins to occur. The only thing in common is that the murderer sends a letter prior to the tragedies, each victim’s name corresponds to the next letter of the alphabet, and an A.B.C. train book is always at the scene of every crime.
Story : Poirot receives an urgent letter stating, “For gods’s sake, come!” Poirot and Hastings travel to France and at the gate of villa in Merlinville-sur-Mer police tell them about the murder of Renauld. Couple were attacked by two men while the madame was tied up, her husband was taken away, a smashed watch is found at the scene a long piece of lead pipe and a letter opener which was used as a dagger.
Story – The book features Hercule Poirot and the plot is set on Nile River. The book features a range of emotion including love, mystery, thrill and many more. A lady who was with her fiance introduces him to her friend and afterwards her fiance ditches her for her friend, but she keeps following her fiance and reaches Egypt where her friend is found murdered with a bullet in her head, did the lady did it? Read the book to find out.
Story – The book features Hercule Poirot, A man has been murdered and after 16 long years his daughter, “Amyas Crale” approaches Poirot to investigate the case, her mother is accused of killing her father. His father was poisoned with coniine. Poirot labels the five alternative suspects “the five little pigs”: they comprise Phillip Blake, Meredith’s brother (“went to market”); Meredith Blake (“stayed at home”); Elsa Greer (now Lady Dittisham, “had roast beef”); Cecilia Williams, the governess (“had none”); and Angela Warren, Caroline’s younger half-sister (“went ‘Wee! Wee! Wee!’ all the way home”).
10. Crooked House
Story : Charles Hayward falls in love with a smart and a successful Englishwoman, “Sophia”, he reads an obituary in newspaper about the death of his father-in-law. Sophia tells him she can’t marry him until the matter is cleared up. Doubted suspects include Brenda, “the much younger second wife” and Laurence Brown who is a private tutor in their house.
About the book : Publication – Novel was first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in February 1932 and in UK by Collins Crime Club in March of the same year. This book has been translated into many languages and its story line have been adapted into many films, serials and even in a computer game.
Story – While staying at a Cornish resort vacationing, Poirot finds out that his friend “Nick” is in life threatening danger, novel creates an atmosphere where it hooks you till the end and creates a craving to know about the suspense. “Evil never goes unpunished, Monsieur. But the punishment is sometimes secret.” ― Agatha Christie, Peril at End House
Story – Novel features a wealthy woman travelling through train is found murdered and a famous ruby which was given to her by her father is found missing. Woman’s father afterwards convince Poirot to take up the case, Poirot is suspicious about her husband who also was on train but refused to have a sight of his wife. Find out more about the novel..!
Story – In a small English village with a nice morning a strange notice appears stating, “A murder is announced”. No one has any idea what his means, A murder occurs, people start looking for the killer, and then BAM somebody else is found dead and you realize that whoever the killer is he/she is nuts and you don’t know who’s going to die next. It adds a great deal of tension and urgency to the story.
Story – A working class usual worker narrates the story, he meets a wealthy and young heiress whom he finds attractive and they both after few years of romance decides to marry each other. They both want their house in a land tract which is surrounded by myths that whomsoever have lived there have met their fate with death.
Story – After the death of a wealthy person all of his relatives get together for his will reading, the death was expected to be of natural causes but during the gathering his sister shows up and says that it is a murder and next day even she is found murdered. Hercule Poirot is called up to investigate the crime scene.
Story : Miss Marple receives a post card from a deceased person with whom she has earlier worked with, post card asks her to look into a crime scene and if succeeded she may get £20,000 as rewards. Meeting with the lawyers Mr. Broadribb and Mr.Schuster, in their London offices. They also arrange for Jane to take a tour of Famous Houses and Gardens, around the countryside. All paid by the late Mr. Rafiel.
About the book : Publication – Novel was first published in November 1957 in UK. The book was later also adapted into a film.
Story – Mrs. Elspeth McGillicuddy while travelling through train witnessed a man with his back strangling a woman, who was in another train which was running parallel to hers, after reporting it to the concerned authorities she realizes that no one believes her and as a result she goes to Miss Marple who believes her, and starts her investigation with finding the body first so Mrs McGillicuddy’s statement becomes clear to everyone around.
Story : Novel has been noted for its fact that Hercule Poirot never really visits any of the crime scene for investigation and states that intellect alone is capable of solving the cases, the plot of the story starts with a secretary being sent to the home of a blind woman discovers a dead body laying behind the couch and clocks being stopped at 4:13. Hercule Poirot is again featured in this novel and he with his intellect tries to solve the case.
Story – The novel features Hercule Poirot and plot is arranged with a girl at a party when she claims that she has witnessed a murder, but as she’s young no one tends to believe her. Later her body was found drowned in a tub of apples, Ariadne Oliver and others now starts believing her that she might be telling the truth and therefore they call Hercule Poirot to investigate the evil presence. Could this thing be a scene of double murder?
Story – A retired colonel along with his wife resides at a Gossington Hall. On one fine morning their maid finds a dead body of an unknown young woman, while the colonel calls the police his wife calls Miss Marple. The suspicion at first falls onto their neighbor as he too was dating a similar girl but after finding that the girl whom he was dating was alive the case takes a turn to no clue ways.
Story : Hastings return to England to meet his friend Hercule Poirot and suddenly a man covered in mud appears in Poirot’s bedroom and then collapses and a piece of paper is then found from him with only number “4” written on it. When Hastings mentions the Big Four, the man begins speaking about an international crime cartel of that name and tells them that Number 1 is a Chinese political mastermind named Li Chang Yen. He represents the brains of the Big Four. Number 2 is usually not named but is represented by a ‘$’ or two stripes and a star, so he is probably American and he represents wealth. Number 3 is a Frenchwoman, and Number 4 is the destroyer.
About the book : Publication – Novel was first published in 1972 and features Hercule Poirot as detective.
Story – Mrs Ariadne Oliver is approached by an elderly woman in an event asking her about the murder mystery of her parents, Poirot who has just finished a book on the best detective stories/authors out there is feeling bored and is happy to assist Mrs. Oliver in her reaching out to people (the elephants) who were around the Ravenscroft who may be able to shed light on what went on so many years ago that would have led one of the Ravenscroft to kill each other and then themselves
Story : Novel features Miss Marple moreover this was the last case of Miss Marple, she investigates a murder which happened 18 years ago, The story is thrilling with a sense of the supernatural which keeps us constantly in a state of suspense. You cannot afford to slip as each and every occurrence plays a part in completing the puzzle and solving the mystery.
Story : Novel features detective Hercule Poirot, Holidaying in Jerusalem, Poirot overhears Raymond Boynton telling his sister, “You do see, don’t you, that she’s got to be killed?”. Mrs. Boynton (stepmother of Raymond and his sister) who is a sadistic woman is found dead with a needle punctured in her wrist. And our detective Poirot claims to solve this mystery within 24 hours.
Story : Novel features Miss Marple. Carrie Louise a friend of Miss Marple had been married three times, one time divorced, another time a widowed and its the third husband for whom she feels a bit threaten and therefore invites Miss Marple to her home, The family includes many people who are connected to each other only through Carrie Louise. Mildred Strete is the only blood relative of Carrie Louise, at night gunshots are heard with several bullet holes in the walls.
Story : The book features Miss Marple, Burton brother and sister takes residence in Miss Barton’s country, after moving in they soon receive a letter stating that they are lovers and not siblings, later they find out that they are not the only one to have received such false accusations, many others too are upset due to such letter, The Burtons maid’s body is found in the under stairs cupboard and an investigator arrives from Scotland, murder’s investigation progress remains slow until the entrance of Miss Marple.
About the book : Publication – Novel was first published in UK by Collins Crime Club in September 1933 and in US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year with a modified title, “Thirteen at Dinner”.
Story – Novel features Hercule Poirot, a famous actress Jane Wilkinson asks Poirot to convince her husband Lord Edgware for a divorce, the same evening Edgware is murdered and at that time Jane was with her friends for dinner. There have been 3 murders one is of Edgware another of an actor Carlotta Adams and another of Ross. Poirot gathers the suspects and details all the trajectory of the three murders.
Story : Novel features Hercule Poirot and another character Ariadne Oliver, a girl seeks help from Poirot who has been convinced that she has committed a murder. After recalling that she doesn’t remember anything what has happened earlier she again dives into fear. Norma keep getting drugged by a Dr. so as to weaken up her memory and accuse herself about a murder which happened years ago.
Story : Following Novel features Miss Marple, while reading the book one feels like there is something dark and thoroughly sinister behind the perfectly pleasant aroma of Bertram’s Hotel and also its staff maintained a high sense of suspense and kept the reader itching to find out what’s gonna happen next. The characters are fun as well.
Story : Arlena Marshall is a beautiful actress who is both frank and flirtatious, is spending vacation along with her family in a Hotel where even Hercule Poirot was staying. The actress is murdered and almost every character in the book is seemed to have a motive to kill her from her step daughter to a strict husband. It’s a classic Christie puzzle plot with engaging characters. Well-written and a very enjoyable read. Recommended. Especially to those who are new to Agatha Christie as a great starting point as well as established fans of her work.
About the book : Publication : Novel was first published in UK by the Collins Crime Club in September 1975 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company afterwards in the same year.
Story : Featured detective Hercule Poirot has his last appearance in this novel. Poirot even dies in the end. Story-line was also adapted for a television series in 2013. This novel was also last published by Agatha Christie before her sad demise. A specific person is unsuspected by police or family of the victims of involvement in five previous murders, in all of which there was a clear suspect. Four of these suspects have since died.
About the book : Publication – Novel was first published in the UK by Collins Crime Club on 5th July 1937 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year under a different title named, “Poirot Loses a client“.
Story – Novel features Hercule Poirot. Emily Arundell a wealthy spinster living in Berkshire feels that she been the victim of an attempted murder and writes about it to Poirot. But by the time letter is received by him she is already dead, doctor claims that it has happened due to chronic liver problems. Would Poirot be able to solve the mystery this time?
Story – Book features Hercule Poirot. Novel’s background is set into Iraq with an archaeological excavation, novel’s story line was also adapted into a television serial. Amy Leatheran, a nurse is hired by a Swedish archaelogist for his wife, right a week after the nurse is hired his wife is found dead in their room, murder weapon is not inn the room, after examining all the facts and timings it appears that it is an inside job. During Poirot’s travel in Iran he is called for his help in the case.
Story – Novel features Miss Marple. When a wealthy businessman is found dead after something mixed in his tea, police are called in to investigate. After searching his pockets police finds a packet full of rye. Her wife is suspected to be the murdered, their son was travelling to states but after hearing this he travels back and finds out that even his mom is dead and again because of the tea.
Story – Book features Hercule Poirot. The family’s all been invited to Gorston Hall for Christmas and the devilish and domineering “old coot” Simeon Lee has a trick up his sleeve plus two surprise guests to cause havoc and add to the fun until the big crash and then…the scream from the souls of hell…and then “Blood…so much blood…blood everywhere…fresh, wet, gleaming blood”
About the book : The book contains 20 short stories. A must have book for a vacational readers as the stories are really delightful, brief as well as exciting, all of the stories have been presented in a delightful manner as it keeps the reader’s interest bend into it.
Story – The Man in the Brown Suit is a must-read for all Christie fans, and those who fancy a fast and furious bit of reading fun. There’s a little of something in it for everyone; a crime (and its solving), unique characters, a spot of romance, and an all-round adventure. Characters of the novel are as : Anne is super spunky, Mrs. Blair is the rich widow, Sir Eustace is a somewhat pervy older bachelor, the titular man in the brown suit – is rugged, handsome and difficult, etc.
Story – Novel has been divided into 4 parts –
First part deals with Tommy and Tuppence Beresford visit Tommy’s aunt Ada in retirement home called Sunny Ridge.
Second Part starts when tommy is away for few days and so tuppence starts to look for the mystery house on her own.
Third Part on wards Tommy’s investigation begins by finding a painting which was made by an artist called Boscowan.
In Fourth Part Tuppence set out to investigate mysterious house after his recovery.
About the book : Publication – Novel was first in US by Dodd, Mead and Company in February 1945 under a different title, “Remembered Death“. And was published in UK by Collins Crime Club in December of the same year.
Story : Rosemary Barton who is dead now was into a controversy if her death was a suicide, after 6 months her husband George receives letters saying that she was murdered. George decides to have a dinner like last year in a restaurant with same people, but poor George too dies, his champagne was poisoned with cyanide just like his wife.
Story – Poirot Investigates is a novel which features short story collections about the investigations of our favorite detective, Hercule Poirot. It features the following stories:
1) The Adventure of the Western Star
2) The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor
3) The Adventure of Cheap Flat
4) The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge
5) The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
6) The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
7) The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan
8) The Kidnapped Prime Minister
9) The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim
10) The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman
11) The Case of the missing will
About the book : Publication – Novel was first published in UK by Collins Crime Club in September 1974 and in US in the same year afterwards.
Story – This book contains a collection of Poirot’s early career before he was even recognized as a detective. It contains the following stories :
1) The Affair at the Victory Ball
2) The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
3) The Cornish Mystery
4) The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
5) The Double Clue
6) The King of Clubs
7) The Lemersurier Inheritance
8) The Lost Mine
9) The Plymouth Express
10) The Chocolate Box
11) The Submarine Plans
12) The Third Floor Flat
13) Double Sin
14) The Market Basing Mystery
15) Wasp’s Nest
16) The Veiled Lady
17) Problem at Sea
18) How Does Your Garden Grow?
About the book : In this collection, the base story is their longing for adventure. This wish is granted by a photo fairy but really, by Mr Carter of Scotland Yard who have taken over a private detective agency which is under suspicion of being part of an espionage ring.
Story – Book features Hercule Poirot. Poirot travels to Ariadne Oliver’s residence and she explains that she is being led to something in order for a real murder to take place. The efficient secretary, a lone architect, and the former owner of the home that Sir George and Lady Stubs to contend with. The book did not feel overly long even with this many characters.
About the book : This particular novel can be considered a treat for Christie’s fans as it presents 51 short stories all filled with thrill and suspense. Read these stories in case you don’t have much time to spare each day to read a full length novel, read these even if you have ample time at your hands.
About the book : Publication – Novel was first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company on 10th March 1935 under a different title, “Death in the Air” and in UK by Collins Crime Club in July of the same year.
Story – Book features Hercule Poirot. Poirot is travelling through plane from Paris to Croydon, but before landing a tragedy happens whereby a lady named “Madame Giselle” who is a wealthy French moneylender is found dead, cause of the death is said to be a poison-tipped dart, which could have been fired from a blowgun apparently.
Story – Book features Hercule Poirot. Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman are supposed to get married and live a happy love life after their marriage as they were going to receive aunt Laura’s immense wealth but in a turn of events Roddy falls in love with another girl and later on that girl is found poisoned, under such circumstances Elinor is accused of murder. All the evidence including the motive, time, place points towards her. But is the murder really that simple?
Story – The book was started on 2nd April 1950 at the expedition house at Nimrud where she was working with her second husband on excavation, she provides a forward and epilogue to the book. Christie admits while there were many short stories made between 1950 and 1965 she wanted more of an Ad-hoc series.
48. The Pale Horse
Story – Mark Easterbrook, the principle narrator of the book sees a fight between two girls whilst in a coffee shop where one girl pulls the hair of the second one and after sometime news comes in that second girl has died. A woman named Poppy mentions something called Pale Horse which arranges death and suddenly stops and says no more about this topic.
About the book : Publication – It is a short story and a play as well which was first featured in Flynn’s Weekly as “Traitor Hands” on 31st January 1925. Story was first published in collection of The Hound Of Death in UK in 1933 and in US under the title “Collection of Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories” in 1948.
Story – It contains the following short stories :
2) The Fourth Man
3) The mystery of the blue jar
4) The mystery of the spanish Shawl
5) Philomel Cottage
6) The red signal
7) The second gong
8) Sing a song of sixpence
10) Where there’s a will
11) The Witness for the prosecution