Those who know me know that my favorite author of all time is none other than the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie. Christie has been outsold by only the Bible and Shakespeare; she is, without a doubt, the best-selling novelist of all time. I only discovered her writing about a year ago, but I haven't been able to put down one of her novels ever since. As a lover of the mystery, suspense, and thriller genres, I am very hard to please. However, Christie had never failed to astonish me... until now. I recently finished one of her most famous reads, one which she had described as one of her "personal favorites" and was completely let down with the ending, the writing, and even the characters. Because of this, I decided I would write a complete review rating the Agatha Christie books I've read: from my absolute favorite to my personal disappointment. Despite this, there is no doubt she continues to be my favorite. I like to think that the last read was just not for me. Let me know if you have read any of these or which others you recommend. If you haven't picked up an Agatha Christie mystery, put it on your bucket list.
1. Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot #23)
Rating: 5 Stars
This book is my favorite Christie novel for many reasons, but to my surprise, it's rated 3.96 on Goodreads. Five Little Pigs features my favorite detective of all time, Hercule Poirot, and it is a brilliant example of character development. The moment I was introduced to the characters, I immediately felt like I knew them. Also, Agatha Christie amazed me at how vividly I could see the book playing out as I read each page. Throughout the novel, the only words I could think were "who did it?" and the ending truly came as a surprise. If you want to indulge in a classic whodunit, this is the book for you.
2. Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #9)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
I fell in love with Murder on the Orient Express very quickly. The book takes place on a train, and so when a man is stabbed to death in his cabin, tensions rise quickly. Just when you think you've figured out the killer, Christie makes you wonder if it's the right choice. Suspicion falls on every character, and that's why when the ending is revealed, readers can't help but to be completely taken aback. In my opinion, the ending was difficult to come to terms with. I should probably work at suspending my disbelief.
3. And Then There Were None
Rating: 4 Stars
And Then There Were None is one of the best books I've read so far, but because it was my first Christie novel, I've considered that I may have taken it for granted. Looking back now, I'm sure I could've enjoyed it more if I paid closer attention. In all honesty, there were times I found it a bit difficult to read and keep up with. Regardless, the story line was clever; it gave readers a pure sense of suspense and mystery. No one is safe, not even the audience. The ending of this book was also quite surprising, but because I struggle with suspending my disbelief, I didn't enjoy it as much as others have.
4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4)
Rating: 4 Stars
This novel is, in my opinion, one of Christie's most cunning reads. Despite this, I didn't really enjoy The Murder of Roger Ackroyd until halfway through the story. I attribute this to the fact that although it was in the Poirot series, we didn't see the story through Poirot's perspective. Because Poirot is my favorite of Christie's characters, this put me off a bit. Regardless, this novel is definitely one that gets better as the story grows in depth. Christie never fails to paint a clear picture and create fascinating characters. All I can say is that the ending makes this book worthwhile.
5. Crooked House
Rating: 3.5 Stars
The most disappointing Christie book I've read up to date is Crooked House. I sure hope it stays that way. While reading, I constantly waited for it to hook me, for that pivotal moment where it sucks you in. I never felt that way at all. The ending was quite predictable, and the characters were, in my opinion, ordinary. I finished this book out of a sense of duty, but I would not recommend it to anyone else. Crooked House simply didn't feel like the genius that is Agatha Christie. I hope I never feel like that again.
Other Agatha Christie books that are on my to read list: