Best Agatha Christie Books

The Top Ten

1 And Then There Were None

Simply the best murder mystery ever written.
It is flawlessly written--I have read it probably 20 times. Ten people invited to an island where they are murdered one by one. What could be more intriguing and mysterious? The attention to detail--the nursery rhyme posted in each of their rooms, the back stories for each of their characters, the red herrings, and the stormy atmosphere of the island is superb. It makes a great movie too--and could be re-done magnificently by one of our current great filmmakers. Steven Spielberg or Kenneth Branagh --are you reading this?

Probably Agatha Christie's best novel!
A book full of thrill, mystery, and suspense! I love the unusual death of everyone--following the nursery rhyme, and how each Indian boy on the table disappear every time someone dies. Also, the shocking ending which makes this book a genius! A great work of Agatha Christie, must-read and highly recommended!

I had the original book titled 'Ten Little Niggers'. I think the original title was mind blowing and seeing titles like 'ten little indians' and 'ten little soldiers' just spoils the fun.

The book is a masterpiece in itself. The plot is thought out very carefully and the reader is in complete suspense till the end. Definitely one of Agatha Christie's best. I don't have my original book anymore. Gave it to someone who did not return it. But anyway, to all those who haven't read it... Its not a compulsion, but a good read for all those who are into this genre. Enjoy

THE BEST...nothing else can be said

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2 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

one of the most ingenious books of christie. A true brain teaser. Proves that you can never take anything for granted. Simply superb.

You'll never guess who the killer is in this! You'll have to suspect everyone!

no single person can guess the murderer... a simply amazing mystery

Totally impredictable

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3 Murder on the Orient Express

This was definitely the most suspenseful of all time. I was so sure I knew who did it, and then I was so sure again, and I was so sure again, and then I read the end and sat there, stunned, for something like five minutes! Incredible read!

The end surprised the hell out of me! Exceptional book!

My favourite Agatha Christie book! I was clueless for most of the book, off and on just guessing at who it was. Now that I know who it was and all of that I just think "How could anyone in they're right mind think of something so ingenious! " It's absolutely amazing, I highly recommend it! It's a great read that has you guessing until the final pages!

Murder on the Orient Express has to be number one. When I first read it, it just amazed me with complexity of the crime then in the end I was just like, how did I not know that. - 2storm

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4 Death on the Nile

You'll find yourself cheering for the murderer! An amazing mystery!

Very good and unbelievable. Christie takes us through the magic world of detective fiction.

You want to start out reading a good mystery? Then start out with this one!

An amazing read, very confusing, no unbelievable bits but loads of red herrings. The best ever Poirot book. I would recommend it enormously!

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5 A Murder is Announced

Mystery everywhere in this! So suspenseful and I Couldn't put it down. I remember I had a huge SAT test in the early morning for school and my mom told me to go to bed early, but I stayed up until 2:00 AM and finished it and I was blown away by the ending!

One of Mr. Christie's most baffling novels. Shows Miss Marple's no less than Monsieur Hercule Poirot

The very first Christie I ever read, leading to a lifetime of Christie fandom and love of the old whodunit genre as a whole! The psychological make-up of the murderer is beautifully convincing. My only reservations were the rather silly trap for the killer at the end and the maze of false identities! Still, it all makes for great red herring bafflement and the set up is one wonderful trick!

Thank you very much for the spoiler... I hope that was a joke - beamen

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6 Sad Cypress

An exceptional plot with a hint of a love story. Very deceptive and cunning.

My favorite Poirot and 2nd favorite Agatha Christie book behind And Then There Were None. Amazing characters and setup. Great book!

Despite the intriguing plot, this book is a phenomenally written novel with an exemplary twist and a message of hope. One of my favourites!

Beautiful story

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7 Curtain

It's the legendary end for Hercule Poirot legend. agatha christie used all of her tricks in this book, I was confused as hell when reading it!

The best possible farewell to Poirot the legend. for the last time the little Belgin shows his skills and how...

Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings team up to solve their very last mystery. Ending is sort of sad.

Wow. The complexity of this book. The workings of the mind of Christie and Poirot all in one... Great book. Top 5 Christie's for me!

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8 Crooked House

The first agatha christie novel I read... Made me wanna read more of her!
Loved it. My third favourite of her books till date.

The first Christie I've bought. My book is in Indonesian though, and the title annoys me a lot. Such a tragic story though, you can't believe it will end that way.

I love this book so much. The first one I read and the one that got me hooked. I now have around 30-40 Christie's, and this one is still one of my favourites. Others being The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, And Then There Were None, Murder On The Orient Express, etc etc. I cannot get enough.

This is the best agatha christie book I have read.The murderer was the least likely person to commit a murder.Very impressive!

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9 Evil Under the Sun

I cannot explain how wonderful this novel is. The exotic location, the baffling mystery, the interesting characters, and of course, the ending was the cherry on top! Wonderful Poirot novel!

This has everything! Love, Betrayal, Innocence, A grand house cut off by the tide and secret meetings... EPIC best novel ever

Loved the setting but the reliance on chance timings too high to be her most satisfying to my mind.

This was the first book of Christie that I read. This book is simply amazing.. A beautiful location and an atmosphere of evil...soon there is a murder and the killer needs to be found by Hercule Poirot... A classic ending... Made me a fan of the author

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10 The Hollow

My favourite of her books. Very intriguing story, a lot of female characters involved. Love is shown in different aspects. It's one of those murders that are either too simple or too complicated.

The best agatha story

Agatha can describe ‘sad’ in many ways, deeply touching...

The Contenders

11 Dumb Witness

A dog who is the only witness to a murder...One of Agatha Christie's finest novels from the Poirot series. This, and the ABC Murders. Read them... - Britgirl

I don't recommend this book. I've read all her books and this one is easy to see coming just by it's way too revealing title...

12 Five Little Pigs

Possibly Christie's best. She weaves an incredible tale of tragedy and mistaken guilt that ultimately feels almost heart-breakingly inevitable. Poirot does it like no one else.

Arguably one of her strongest novels. The narrative technique is brilliant, plausibility rating as high as one could wish and I can't recall any reliance on unpredictable events/scenarios. Simply superb!

Thrilling read...5 suspects... A murder that took place 16 years ago... One of Poirot's most difficult nuts to crack!

Emotionally best. One of best plots.

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13 Peril at End House

"The Best less-known of agatha christie's books. Every plot point is a big surprise. The clues are pitch perfect. The end is unforgettable. A superb example of how clever can be the good old dame of mystery "

Superb! Confuses you in every corner! I could not put the book down, I've read 5 times! - ian1999

The best Christie, with the best twist. Period. And I've read them all.

This was my first Agatha Christie and one of my favourite, with Hercule Poirots Christmas.

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14 Death in the Clouds

Awesome mystery! Step aside Sherlock Holmes, and welcome Hercule Poirot!

The first book I read... Which made me eager to read more... It was very breathtaking and I was astonished when I found out who the culprit was... And how he/she did it... Great read for anyone, especially Agatha-Christie fans!

15 Hercule Poirot's Christmas

My first Christie novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I bet no one can predict the murderer until The great Poirot himself reveals him. The thing I like about Poirot is that he doesn't need clues like cigars ash or stuffs like that (as Holmes does). He depends on the psychology of his suspects and their nature which is very evident in this book.

One Mrs. Christie most baffling novels ensure you have adequate information on science and heredity before you read it. Monsieur Poirot embarrasses Sherlock Holmes.

Most enjoyable Christie I've ever read. Simple amounts of suspects and backgrounds (not really). You truly can't expect the outcome!

A great Holiday mystery!

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16 The A.B.C. Murders

Alice Ascher, Betsy Bernard, Charmichael Clarke, how do they connect?

Probably the best plot in book history!

Plot was very interesting!

Surely one of the best works of Christie

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17 Towards Zero

Great mystery read many times because one time is not enough it is so awesome


18 The Mystery of the Blue Train

Fantastic Christie, top five no doubt. The remote setting, the ensemble of characters and the shocking and grotesque final murder kept me guessing until the final revelation on platform 3!

19 After the Funeral

While this is not as known as Orient Express or Roger Ackroyd, it remains high on my list and a favourite of mine! Impossible to guess the murderer... recommended!

Great deception strategy and definitely one of Christie's most satisfying murderers.

The ending is terrific

20 Sleeping Murder

Its one of the best agatha christie books complicated yet fascinating story.wonderful ending.please try this

Pretty interesting. Fast paced and reatime detective fiction

As I m very younger so first time when I read this story... I feel the language was very difficult but as I read it two more times slowly I was able to understand it but seriously its really fantastic story... love it... 😉

21 Endless Night

It is a disgrace that this book is down the list. One of the most gripping and frightening novels by Christie. Just because roger ackroyd was released before this it is not famous. If it was the other way around... When I read this book I had no clue about the murder only the last chapter revealed it. Many people could have easily guessed roger ackroyd but this will be difficult. So much emotion and love involved it is too good to be true. In the history of detective novels no one could have got this close to witnessing the mind the insane. Truly brilliant

One of Christie's darkest and most eerie! Her legerdemain in this is again stunning if not entirely original... one of the best of her later period. Will creep the dickens out of you! Undoubtedly I think this is one of her masterpieces though often overlooked.

This book is enough to give even the bravest reader the chills, probably the most dangerous unpredictable and cruel killer in the history of detective novels. you just can't forget the words endless night...

Excuse me? How can this be on no.25? This is a such an awesome book. - anaghamenon14

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22 Murder in Mesopotamia

Perfectly pasced. Hercule Poirot doesn't even appear until well into the story but it's such a well written novel, it only makes it better when he does. Along with "Death on the Nile, " her best "Middle East" set novels.

It is a very thrilling and awesome.

Should be within the top 5 for sure!

How is this not in the top 10 - 2storm

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23 Murder Is Easy

It is the first Agatha Christie novel I've ever read... Which made me love her...

Most surprising and one of my absolute Agatha Christie favorites!

24 The Man in the Brown Suit

My favorite Christie book.

Ann beddingfield I love that character. One classic novel of my favourite author Agatha cristie.

25 The Mysterious Affair at Styles

A great start to a masterful series!

The first Hercule Poirot mystery.

The only Poirot book I didn't like. Maybe because I read it out of order, but the ending was predictable.

My first impression of the series and really great beginning to a wonderful adventure for me.

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26 Cards on the Table

Four people are suspects and four people are detectives.

Twisted ending and suspenseful

Whats Poirot anyways?

The first Poirot book I read, which got me hooked. I have now read all the Poirot books due to this captivating story of Mr Shaitana

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27 Sparkling Cyanide

Christie's ingenious idea in the end is a masterclass and it's quite surprising this book is so down the list

This book should at least be in the top 20
Just because of Christie's ingenious idea of y the murder took place

28 The Pale Horse

Second best book of hers. After the "And then there were none" of course. Very intelligent scheme of crimes. The criminal that Agathe met in her youth and brought to the limelight when its proper time came. The book that saved several human lives... and perhaps ruined some at the same time)

Best book I have ever read in my life

I'm a big Agatha Christie fan, and this is my second favorite after CROOKED HOUSE.

Best ending I have ever read for Christie

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29 A Pocketfull of Rye

Very well done and unfortunately under-rated. Christie understood psychopaths before most people had ever heard the word.

One of Christie's great characterizations of a psychopath.

Based on a nursery rhyme,like many classics such as "ten little n..." "five little pigs"
or "crooked house",the plot is masterfully written ;and this is perhaps the only novel in which miss marple is on the verge of tears at the end.

30 Hickory Dickory Dock

The best "find the motive" book.

31 Appointment With Death

Interesting family dynamic, setting, description of the beautiful landscape and many different possible suspects. On my top 5 list with unusual characters.

32 Death Comes As the End

I love it, the killer was the only one that I didn't suspect.

33 The Murder at the Vicarage

Loved it but for its English village, tinkling of the tea cups/gossip setting - but definitely overshadowed by Murder is Announced, in my opinion!

The most English of her novels with Miss Marple and the best supporting characters/suspects of all her novels.

Personally I feel its Miss Marple's best and to top it all its her first.

Great twist. The Best Marple.

34 The Moving Finger

Perfect mix of love-story and crime. Wonderful use of famous quotes too. Super language from start to end.

A great favourite and a popular variation of the poison pen theme. James D'Arcy, that hugely underrated and too modest actor, plays it beautifully in the T.V. Suchet version.

Go to the best website ever, it's so great you just type and you're there

35 Three Act Tragedy
36 Elephants Can Remember
37 The Murder on the Links

This should be in the top 5. It's in my top 5 books of all time. It seriously will blow you away! Agatha, what a genius that woman is! Best writer of all time hands down. This world would be glum without her. She brings smart, fun, silly, funny, crazy, unique, and amazement into every book she wrote! This one is the supreme example!

You won't guess both the murderer or his/her motive. An excellent book. One of her bests.

This book kept me wondering till the last page.A book which deserves more.

38 The Secret of Chimneys

This isn't my favorite... But I want to tell you, that this one you get totally on the wrong track! You always think, oh the diamond was why the dude was killed, the diamond was why the maid was killed, and the secret passageway and the coded message, every thing the diamond, the diamond, the diamond... But finally, it's not the diamond. The greatest Jewel... Virginia, the illegitimate daughter of the Count and the wife. You'll never guess who the murderer is. He/She was the only one I thought could never have done it... But he did!

One of her very best. It's slightly different in style and plot settings than most other mysteries she has written. The story moves along very swiftly and is much more in the lines of hard-boiled detective novels, and not cozy murder mysteries that are generally associated with Agatha Christie.

39 Halloween Party

Nice one quite horror

40 The Third Girl

Okay okay better than murder in the orient express. I just

Why is third girl at 35th position?! Sure, ought to be on the top 30. - AndreaStephens

Awesome book! Its about three gals livin in an apartment where one of them one day comes to Hercule Poirot confessing that she MIGHT have murdered sme1!
A must read! To all

41 Taken at the Floods

I can't remember Hastings in this book?! It's one of the very few Christies centred on the effects/after-effects of the Second World War. Lots of fascinating insight into social conditions. One of the few where the 'n' word is casually used - but by a most deliberately unsympathetic character. I found the solution to be one of Christie's most disappointing. Still a good read, mind you, with very memorable characters.

As always agatha christie shows her class with this book.
Hastings is almost made to die in this book. A deserving book to feature in the top 10

Very interesting anda the characters and the really is amazing

42 The Seven Dials Mystery

Its just awesome. I really enjoyed the ending and at the end I was so baffled. I have read this book a number of times. It's a good one. Deserves reading.

This is one of the best non-poirot book!

43 The Big Four

Can't believe it isn't on the list. If you like AC then I'm sure it is way better then The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Mark My Words!

I agree!

44 The Secret Adversary

The only Agatha Christie novel with just two suspects from start to finish and you just can't decide which of them is the criminal mastermind. Tommy and Tuppence at their very best.

45 N or M?

A spy thriller, and a different genre. Worthy of consideration.

46 Mrs. McGinty's Dead
47 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
48 The Body in the Library

This Miss Marple mystery is also set in St Mary Mead and with some of the same characters as The Murder At The Vicarage

49 The Mousetrap

Along with Witness for the Prosecution Christie best play. Saw it In London after it had been running over twenty five years, and Before I saw it wondered why any one play could run so long. Stereotypical Christie setting, a snow bound mountain lodge, a variety of sinister house guests, a police man arrives pursuing an identified suspect, and they are all snowed in. Then murder occurs, and someone there must be the murderer and no one can leave. You can recognise half a dozen or more Christie plot elements from her other stories, but the difference is that the end contains a twist arguably as original as that of The murder of Roger Ackroyd,or Murder on the Orient Express. Once again Christie subverts the conventions of the murder mystery with a great denoument.

50 The Thirteen Problems
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