The Detective Novels of Agatha Christie: A Readers Guide

McFarland, 10 . 2010 . - : 448
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The most popular mystery writer of all time concocted a rich recipe of intrigue, character, and setting. All of Agatha Christies 66 detective novels are covered here in great detail. Each chapter begins with general comments on a novels geographical and historical setting, identifying current events, fashions, fads and popular interests that relate to the story. A concise plot summary and comprehensive character listing follow, and each novel is discussed within Christies overall body of work, with an emphasis on the development of themes, narrative technique, and characters over the course of her prolific career. An appendix translates Poirots French and defines the British idiomatic words and phrases that give Christies novels so much of their flavor.
 

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles 1920
15
The Secret Adversary 1922
20
Murder on the Links 1923
24
The Man in the Brown Suit 1924
30
The Secret of Chimneys 1925
34
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 1926
39
The Big Four 1927
43
The Mystery of the Blue Train 1928
48
Murder After Hours 1946
224
There Is a Tide 1948
231
Crooked House 1949 SETTING
239
SUMMARY FOR THE 1940S
243
A Murder Is Announced 1950
245
They Came to Baghdad 95
253
Mrs McGintys Dead 1952
257
Murder with Mirrors 1952
266

The Seven Dials Mystery 1929
53
SUMMARY FOR THE 1920S
57
Murder at Hazelmoor 1931
62
Peril at End House 1932
69
Thirteen at Dinner 1933
74
The Boomerang Clue 1934
80
Murder in the Calais Coach 1934
86
Murder in Three Acts 1935
92
Death in the Air 1935
97
The ABC Murders 1935
105
Murder in Mesopotamia 1936
111
Cards on the Table 1936
117
Death on the Nile 1937
125
Poirot Loses a Client 1937
131
Appointment with Death 1938
144
A Holiday for Murder 1938
149
Easy to Kill 1939
155
And Then There Were None 1939
162
SUMMARY FOR THE 1930S
166
Sad Cypress 1940
167
The Patriotic Murders 1940
174
Evil Under the Sun 1941
181
N o rM? 1941
187
The Body in the Library 1942
192
The Moving Finger 1942
200
Murder in Retrospect 1943
204
Towards Zero 1944
209
Death Comes as the End 1945
215
Remembered Death 1945
218
A Pocket Full of Rye 1953
270
Funerals Are Fatal 1953
275
So Many Steps to Death 1954
282
Hickory Dickory Death 1955
288
Dead Mans Folly 1956
293
What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw 1957
303
Ordeal by Innocence 1958
311
Cat Among the Pigeons 1959
315
SUMMARY FOR THE 1950S
323
The Pale Horse 1961 SETTING
327
The Mirror Crackd 1962
333
The Clocks 1963 SETTING
342
A Caribbean Mystery 1964
348
At Bertrams Hotel 1965 SETTING
353
Third Girl 1966 SETTING
360
Endless Night 1967 SETTING
367
By the Pricking of My Thumbs 1968
369
Halloween Party 1969 SETTING
375
SUMMARY FOR THE 1960S
382
Nemesis 1971
387
Elephants Can Remember 1972
393
Postern of Fate 1974
398
Curtain 1975
403
Sleeping Murder 1976 SETTING
407
SUMMARY FOR THE 1970S
414
British Expressions
417
Title and Character Index
425
Subject Index
441

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James Zemboy taught French and Spanish in community college for many years. He lives in Detroit.