Best Agatha Christie Books
The Top Ten
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
Ten little Soldier boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Soldier boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Soldier Boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Soldier Boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Soldier Boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two Little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Soldier Boy left all alone;
He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.
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!
Read And There Were None, but this one impacts me the most. The ending is such a demonstration of Poirot's legacy that it makes him a great hero if shown as a movie on the screen.
Just too much of an ending. No words
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
Addictive. Murderer can never be guessed even if you suspect everyone! Agatha christie has proved that she is 'the crime queen'. No one can beat poirot. He finds out the truth. Absolutely amazing! Can't stop thinking about it! You'll laugh out of amazement when you find out the murderer! Purely decent piece of crime and narration.
You'll find yourself cheering for the murderer! An amazing mystery!
While I disagree, I was not cheering for the murderers, I do think it was one of her top 5 books. - 2storm
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!
I loved this story and its economically produced exotic atmosphere. However there were some weaknesses where timing is everything and was dependent over much on unpredictable circumstances that removed potential witnesses from public spaces. Otherwise, top notch!
Alice Ascher, Betsy Bernard, Charmichael Clarke, how do they connect?
Probably the best plot in book history!
Plot was very interesting!
Impossible for any reader to find, anyone would have thought the end would not be satisfying however it is one of the most satisfying
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!
One of Christie's mind blowers!
Four people are suspects and four people are detectives.
Twisted ending and suspenseful
Whats Poirot anyways?
Wait, are there four murderers?
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!
This was just magical. The way miss marble unravelled the plot in the end makes this my favorite
My personal favourite of the author. A shocking tragedy has happened in the past had the wrong person being punished for the murder... Poirot is trying to go back in time, trying to resolve this old case, only by talking to the other suspects of the incident.. Each one has a piece of puzzle on his hand (or almost everyone), and that helps Poirot to find the real solution of the case (with an interesting twist in the end).
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!
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.
Have read the whole book in less than 24 hours... It keeps you hooked to it!
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.
SO freaking suspenseful! I couldn't put it down because every page is so awesome! The best book ever!
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.
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
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!
"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!
The best Christie, with the best twist. Period. And I've read them all.
The best Poirot book
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...
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!
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!
My favorite Christie book.
Ann beddingfield I love that character. One classic novel of my favourite author Agatha cristie.
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!
Great mystery read many times because one time is not enough it is so awesome
I would put this in the top three, alongside ABC Murdres & And Then There Were None
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.
Another masterpiece by the world's greatest writer! All the Poirot books with Captain Hastings in it is the best!
The best Poirot book ever! The first Christie book I read and the best! If you can guess the ending right, you must be the worlds greatest detective!
At the very top of her game with this one.
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!