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jul. 11, 2007, 11:10 pm

I need people to rave about her books with... join it! NOW!

jul. 12, 2007, 5:19 am

I really love murder-mysteries, but it's been a while since I read any Agatha Christie.

jul. 13, 2007, 9:38 pm

You should try reading one again... if you haven't already read it I'd suggest An Appointment with Death. I read it not too long ago and loved it... it will really remind you why Christie is considered the Queen of Crime!

Editat: jul. 15, 2007, 7:26 pm

I'm a super, long-time Agatha Christie Fan. The first book of hers that I ever read was Evil Under The Sun. I was 12. I read a paperback edition that somehow ended up in the YA section of my public library. I was instantly hooked. I searched all over the YA for more of her books and couldn't find a single one.

I went to the Children's Librarian, a wonderful woman named Connie, who laughed for at least five minutes when I told her that there was a mysterious author named Agatha Christie and that I found one of her books but thought maybe the library didn't have any other ones. Once she stopped laughing hysterically she sent me downstairs to the adult section where I was dazzled by the shere volume and wealth of Christie books.

Reading Dame Christie led me to more Queens of The Genre, Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allinghamand Dorothy L. Sayers. And then eventually, in my adult years, to the women that followed in Ms. Christie's footsteps: P.D. James and Martha Grimes. But my one true love still remains Agatha Christie. No one else satisfies in quite the same.

Delighted to join the group, Darlings.

jul. 18, 2007, 9:08 pm

I've also been reading Agatha Christie since elementary school. She was probably my first venture out of the childrens' section, and she's still my favorite mystery author. My favorite AC books are Cat Among the Pigeons, Sparkling Cyanide, By the Pricking of my Thumbs, Nemesis, Sad Cypress, Sleeping Murder, and Postern of Fate.

jul. 19, 2007, 5:38 pm

Ooohh, all good ones, Corinne. I too love Nemesis and Sad Cypress. Postern of Fate and By The Pricking of My Thumbs.

jul. 26, 2007, 3:01 pm

I used to voraciously read Christie in high school, I had dozens of paperbacks, and I have recently been trying to collect her works again and get back into her. My favorite novel would have to be "Curtain," Poirot's final case. I used to love to figure things out before her detectives did, but this one stunned me at the end!

Her one book I read that I did not like was titled something along the lines of "Murder at Christmas," or something like that. It was too easy, and I was really disappointed in it.

jul. 26, 2007, 3:04 pm

I love AC, especially her Miss Marple series. I don't remember the last one I read, although I occasionally pick one up to re-read. I always forget who dunnit. I think the first one I read was called "And Then There Was None..." or was that the film title? Anyway, I loved the book.

ag. 16, 2007, 11:20 am

You need to invite people - there are just so many new groups forming that most people don't notice new groups.

Lots of talk posts helps, but a lot of users only view posts by groups they are already in so invites is the way to go.

How to find people to invite? Much harder, think of what you'd tag Christie books and invite users with that tag? or people who own a lot of them? or those who've done a lot of combining on the Christie page? You don't want ot just randomly invite people because that's spam and generally not welcomed.

I've read all of the Miss Marple stories and re-read them periodically. I just wish they were in a chronological order with Miss Marple's increasing age. I have them in three omnibus editions and have to guess in what order they might make more sense.

ag. 20, 2007, 8:49 am


My name is Andriana Lind and I am very big Agatha Christie fan. I was trying to join er grupp but I dont know how to do that. I made my profile but still dont know if I joind the grupp that i like. Can you maybe help me. My e-mail adress is

Editat: ag. 20, 2007, 8:54 am

#10 - Welcome ot lT!

At the top of every post is the name of the group. It's a link, if you click on it you will go to the group homepage.
On the right hand side at the top there is "Join this Group". Click on this and you are a member.

Alternatively I've sent you an invite. it should appear on your profile. click on "Accept this invitation" to join the group.

You don't need to do both!

ag. 20, 2007, 9:03 am

Oh yes! Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Tommy and Tuppence
I love Agatha Christie

ag. 23, 2007, 2:52 pm

Somehow, I always see the same people again... Anyway I got hooked on Christie by a friend of mine who is a Ustinov-fan and had Death on the Nile on dvd. Now I'm collecting any and all of her books, preferably in the old Fontana series with the yellow covers. (you won't find them in my catalog, no isbn...)

ag. 24, 2007, 6:36 am

#13 lack of ISBN doens't mean you can't add them. It does take a bit more work. You can either trawl through several pages of various search results until you find the right edition or you can add another edition and edit it, or you can manually add the book.

ag. 24, 2007, 9:14 am

If you go to a site called Stop You're Killing Me, you will find all of Christie's works grouped by series, and listed by date of original publication. I don't remember that Jane Marple aged very much in her series. She started out very old, and stayed very old, but her critical thinking powers were unwaveringly sharp as a tack! Would that I could remain the same.

I have all of Christie's output in my own catalog, and I have a tag for original dates of publication, but I haven't yet added the series information.

ag. 24, 2007, 10:30 am

#15 IIRC in some stories she is fairly sprightly able to garden etc, in some others she can barely get around, forbidden to garden and with her charwomen in the Estate. Unfortunetly my copies have these stories intermingled.

stop you're killing me - Agath Christies

ag. 25, 2007, 5:06 am

I'm glad you've mentioned both AC books AND movies. I'm a huge Christie fan, but I do so much reading for my work that I like to relax with the movies and tv episodes.

One of the differences I've noticed between the two is that I invariably know the murderer in the books earlier than I do in the movies. Maybe I just pay more attention to the books... Does anyone else find that?

ag. 29, 2007, 8:59 pm

Hi, I just joined! I have always loved Agatha Christie- her books and short stories are amazing! The first I ever read was The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Now I have read the majority of Poirot's "cases" and some of Miss Marple's.
Thanks for creating this group!!

març 13, 2008, 10:20 am

I think I grew up on Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot and Tommy and Tuppence. They always seemed to be on TV and the books were always lying around due to my Mother's love of mysteries.

The first I ever read was The Secret Adversary the first Tommy and Tuppence story. I loved it and then I was hooked on Christie and on mysteries in general.

Her books unfortuantely were in one of the boxes that got lost when I was moving house, so they will all go back on my wish list when I pluck up the courage to add more to it.

març 15, 2008, 10:11 am

I love Agatha Christie's books. I re-read them incessantly - usually when I need something comforting. They have a special place on my shelves.

I think I've read pretty much all of her books. I have her autobiography which I haven't read yet - I might switch that into my 888 challenge, come to think of it! From bits and pieces I know about her, I think her life was fascinating.

oct. 5, 2008, 12:13 am

The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side was the first Christie I read. Oddly enough, my first exposure to this author was in a tiny library in the middle of the jungle on the Amazon River in Brazil...of all places. You'd think the exposure here would have been greater.

Right now I'm reading The Hallowe'en Party. Hey, it's October! We should all read it this month and discuss it.

oct. 5, 2008, 12:36 am

My first Agatha Christie book was Murder on the Orient Express. She was also my first mystery book. And I fell in love with the genre. I don't have "The Hallowe'en Party" but I'd love to hear about it. I just bought Curtain, Why Didn't They Ask Evans? and They Do It With Mirrors. Hercule Pirot's is my favorite Agatha Christie character.

Editat: set. 5, 2009, 3:02 pm

I'm a giant fan of Agatha Christie. I first read Sleeping Murder when I was very young. I've read almost everything I could get my hands on, even mailing publishers in England in order to get the books I couldn't find in the US.

I'm pretty obsessed with her. When my nephew went to England, I made him go to her grave and take a photo for me. I just HAD to see a picture of it!

I have a huge crush on Poirot, and I'm a little afraid to read Curtain, because I've heard something significant happens in it. Can anyone reassure me about that?

Has anyone else stayed in the Agatha Christie room at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon?

Thanks for having this group!

set. 25, 2009, 3:45 pm

I have read all Agatha Christie books at least twice some three times. The man in the brown suit is very good and so was Death comes as the end and the Secret of Chimney's. Postern of fate was not one of her best books in my opinion but I have got her full collection.

set. 25, 2009, 7:53 pm

I'm glad to be around other people who like to read Agatha Christie's books and stories. At another mystery reader forum (not an L-T group) that I sometimes check out, she's considered old hat and out of date. She's the writer who really got me interested in reading mysteries. I started buying paperbacks when I was in high school and still have them to this day. I have some collector editions that look nice on the book shelves, but those old paperbacks are the ones I read over and over.

oct. 2, 2009, 4:48 am

Out of all the Agatha Christie novels did anyone else like Superintendant Battle. he appeared in the seven dials mystery and the secret of chimeys and another one but I cannot remember the title but it was where is daughter had been accused of stealing at the school she attended. I took quite a liking to Battle, he came across as a really nice guy.

oct. 2, 2009, 7:49 pm

That would be Towards Zero. I like that scene with his daughter, too.

Supt. Battle also appears in Cards on the Table.

oct. 4, 2009, 6:00 am

Hi, Thanks for that, Towards Zero was one of my top ten books written by Agatha Christie so I should have remembered that. The scene with Battle and his daughter was good as I had a lot of compassion for her and the way he supported her.

I wasn't to keen on Cards on the Table. I liked Man in the Brown Suit and Death comes as the end.

Editat: oct. 5, 2009, 1:03 pm

I'm a big Christie fan! I've read almost all of her books. Still have three-four of her books left that I want to read.

The first Christie I read was Sparkling Cyanide. After that there was no looking back.

My favorite detective is Miss Marple. I've read and have collected all of her novels and short stories. The first Marple I read was A Murder Is Announced. It remains one of my favorites.

My favorite Marple book is The Thirteen problems or as it is also known The Tuesday Club Murders. My favorite Poirot book is Cards on the Table and favorite non-series book The Pale Horse.

nov. 26, 2009, 6:14 am

I really like Tommy and Tuppence but all of Agatha Christie's book are so well written and thought out. I love going back over the book once the answer is given and trying to see how the peices were put together. I am never able to get the endings before she spells them out, but I love that about these books. Poirot and Mrs. Marple are also very interesting characters.

ag. 11, 2010, 1:21 pm

Consider me joined! I, too, feel the need to rave about Christie's books to someone, and this is the perfect oppurtunity!

My absolute favorite Christie book is Murder of the Orient Express, although I do adore And Then There Were None. Agatha Christie is spectacular in all of her books, and the characters she creates are marvelous.

oct. 6, 2012, 10:49 am

I have (or think/hope) I have her entire collection - I absolutely LOVE Agatha Christie. I've probably read each book at least 5 times... Does anyone know where to get an accurate list of her titles? There are a bunch out there on the web, but I'm not sure if any of them are complete. I'm secretly hoping that there may be one I haven't read yet... :-)

maig 2, 2013, 8:57 am

Just spotted this group and I adore Agatha - have read everything I think and first discovered her in my teens when I stumbled across Murder on the Orient Express. Pleased to say that my Middle Child is also a huge fan and now reading her way through them!

oct. 10, 2019, 1:24 am

I have all of her novels. Not quite complete on short stories yet. I'm surprised to see the Queen of Mystery's group is dormant. We owe so much to her!

Editat: nov. 14, 2019, 4:21 pm

It's a pity. Her books are well worth discussing. I adore Miss Marple, but I'm also fond of some of the less well known characters, like Harley Quinn and Mr. Parker Pyne.

nov. 14, 2019, 4:10 pm

Parker Pyne is one of the very few Christie books that I haven't yet read. I'm always looking for a copy when I go to used book stores but have never managed to track one down.

Editat: nov. 14, 2019, 11:11 pm

My favorite Agatha Christie - A Murder is Announced

Another lesser known Agatha sleuth... Ariadne Oliver (mystery writing friend of Hercule, appears in several Agatha novels including: Dead Man's Folly, Halloween Party

gen. 4, 2020, 1:42 pm

I have also never read anything Parker Pyne. These books don't seem to be available in German, and Agatha Christie is one of the authors I prefer to read translated into German, I have no idea why.
And I have never read Passenger to Frankfurt for the same reason - it's not available in German.

I really like Miss Marple and Harley Quin - I love when Agatha ventures into the supernatural.

My favourite book is "The Thirteen Problems" - some of the stories are wonderfully creepy.

I also like Tommy and Tuppence, although I don't normally read 'spy thrillers', if that's what they are...

Editat: abr. 1, 2020, 4:18 am

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abr. 1, 2020, 4:19 am

Oh, Passenger to Frankfurt is now available in German. It‘s a hardcover version of the Atlantik Verlag (Hoffmann und Campe), published in 2017 as “Passagier nach Frankfurt“. Parker Pyne Investigates was only once published in German as a part of the Hachette Collection, but hasn‘t been reissued since.

I also like Miss Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence. Try By the pricking of my thumbs (really thrilling and mystic, with connections to a long-time-ago case) and Postern of Fate (mystic cottage case). Read „By the pricking“ at first, then “Postern“. There are not that many spies as you may imagine, because the focus is set on Tommy and Tuppence, who, by the way, then don‘t work as spies anymore. ;)

Editat: juny 13, 2022, 5:06 am

>1 lunalovebook:

Okay. You've persuaded me. And it only took you thirteen and a half years!

Can't say that I've read all of Christie, or even most; but I've read all the Miss Marple books and my favourite (which she barely appears in) is The Moving Finger.

It's that book that's brought me to this group, in fact. I've just reread it for the umpteenth time. The last two or three times, though, I've been wondering what happened to Symmington's two boys after the book ended. Presumably they would eventually come under the care of Jerry and Megan, but the book doesn't say, or give any indication of where they actually are during the final pages. They would have been pretty traumatised and the more often I read the book the more troubling they become. So I've just been wondering if anyone on LT has posted about them and that, via a site search, led me here ...

Edited as I've very belatedly realised that I put in a quite unforgiveable spoiler for anyone who gives a little thought to what I wrote ...

gen. 6, 2022, 3:38 pm

My daughter ordered Death on the Nile for me. I may have a copy but not sure. We are talking a Nile cruise this year.

gen. 6, 2022, 8:33 pm

>42 mnleona:. Oh, I love that one. I just listened to the audiobook a few months ago, and I've read the print book several times. The solution is one of her best, imo.

gen. 29, 2022, 4:06 pm

We got back from our trip to Egypt, and I read a little of Death on the Nile when I had time. We were busy the whole time so not much time to read.

gen. 29, 2022, 4:54 pm

I have been looking for a quality (and affordable) collection of Christies and fortunately I found one from a dealer in England. It is a 39 volume set of faux leather with two novels in each volume from Heron Books, published in the mid 1970s.

juny 12, 2022, 7:31 pm

>44 mnleona: honestly that one is one of my favorites, kinda sad ending though.