agatha christie recs

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marissab Fri 10-May-13 09:31:03

I want a gripping read for my hols. Love classic who dunnits on tv and have devoured the entire works of sherlock holmes so thought i might try an agatha christie. Which one should i go for?

marissab Fri 10-May-13 09:34:06

Either that or maybe one of the books the hitchcock films were based on. You know, a real classic, exciting whodunnit that keeps you guessing.

nettie Fri 10-May-13 09:55:27

My favourites are

"And Then There Were None"
" N or M" (WWII spy romp raher than who done it)
"A Murder is Announced" (Miss Marple)
"Five Little Pigs" (Poirot)

Actually I can't think of many that I don't like and wouldn't read again! Just dive in and pick one, would probably start with a Miss Marple or a Poirot.

Can't help on the Hitchcock front have only read "The lady Vanishes" and wasn't that impressed, the flm was much better!

marissab Fri 10-May-13 10:22:25

Have you seen the prices in kindle store nettie? £4.99 a book, some of em!!!

PeterParkerSays Fri 10-May-13 10:27:54

Five little pigs is good because it's one of the few Agatha Christies where you can work out whodunnit as you go along. In some of them, Poirot disappears off to London to find out some crucial information he only reveals at the end, or the plot centres around two people being related but obviously you can't see them so wouldn't know that they're siblings etc. hmm

I love her really but sometimes they're really frustrating.

I'd also agree with "And then there were none" - I found the ending of this really disturbing whne I first read it, and also The 4.15 from Paddington or Nemesis, both Miss Marple, or Hickory Dickory Dock which, like Five little pigs, is a Poirot.

nettie Fri 10-May-13 12:50:47

Already got them all as physical books, and DH got most of given to him in ebook format, which he has just shared with me for my new Nook. So if you hunt around and are a bit techy you might find them out there, not that I'm suggesteing you do anything thats against the law or anything!

Personal think ebook prices are ridiculous, think I'll stick with library for any new fiction I read.

Back to Aggies, "The Man in the Brown Suit" is good adventure has strong female lead character. If you were into the girs boarding school books (chalet school/ mallory towers/trebizon) when younger, "Cat amongst the Pigeons" has that feel to it,as it is set in girls boarding school. I think if you want gentle country mystery go with Miss Marple, if you want a more stylish, sophisticated 30s sort of vibe go with Poirot. I thik there are some gems among the others though, but some people disagree.

aliasjoey Fri 10-May-13 12:54:31

"And Then There Were None" - absolute classic

Personally I prefer her earlier work.

The Pale Horse & The Hollow are also good. Agree with the others about And Then There Were None being the best one though.

Georgette Heyer also wrote a set of detective novels - some of them were rather good too, but can't quite put my hand on them to give you names

nettie Fri 10-May-13 13:11:47

You might like Wilkie Collins "The Moonstone" and "Armadale" , both are out of copyright so should be free on Kindle!
The book people used to do a boxset of classic crime will see if I can find a link.

nettie Fri 10-May-13 13:13:47

Here you go

http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100&productId=175619&searchTerm=Crime+classics

"Lady Audley's Secret" is fab.

notcitrus Fri 10-May-13 13:17:06

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is good,
Death on the Nile
4:50 from Paddington (also known as What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw)
And then there were none (also sold as Ten Little Indians)
They came to Baghdad - creepy thriller rather than murder
A murder is announced
Murder on the Orient Express
The moving finger
N or M
Curtain

Short stories - Labours of Hercules, Thirteen Problems.

They're almost all good, though some you have to be in the mood for a 'country house' type story.

nettie Fri 10-May-13 13:26:40
marissab Fri 10-May-13 13:53:55

Nettie you are a mindreader! After the shock price of aggie on kindle store, i pounced on the free version of the moonstone! I just love these early crime novels. Not too gory and full of forensics like modern crime novels. Just really good fun. I want to go marry sherlock holmes so we can be anti social, drink absinthe and fight victorian villains together, forever grin

nettie Fri 10-May-13 14:17:25

You'd probably like the Lucifer Box trilogy, think they are by Mark Gatiss.

I love a good whodoneit, even as a child my fave tv show was Scooby Doo, and my copy of "Peabody's First Case" is falling to bits but DS2 loves it too! Have fab memories of summer holidays spent in solitude reading Aggies (was anti social teen!)

driftwoodsands Fri 10-May-13 18:05:54

Josephine Tey is a wonderful author. Really well written, good characterisation and some twists and turns in the plots. My favourite is 'The Franchise Affair' but she wrote loads. Her first book was published in 1929. She died in 1952 leaving her estate (including the rights to her novels) to The National Trust.

Wishiwasanheiress Fri 10-May-13 18:07:03

Try dick Francis as well. All very readable. All who dunnits around horse racing

kneedeepindaisies Fri 10-May-13 18:10:16

I love N or M. In fact I love most of AC's books. Death in the Clouds is good.

stickortwist Fri 10-May-13 18:13:36

And then there were none is my favourite book ever! Just to show off I read it for the first time on Burgh island amazing!!!
Definitely read it

MrsSalvoMontalbano Fri 10-May-13 18:18:01

'After the Funeral' is my favourite.
Also, very highly recommend 'The Floating Admiral' by the Detective Club.
Amazingly clever book - was a syndicate effort, written by members of the detection club - eg, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers (my herring!!), GK Chesterton and others. They used to meet up, and then wrote a book, each wrote a chapter, and the later contributors had no idea what the earlier chapter writes had in mind as a solution... Sheer genius, and very readable if just as a straight story.

MrsSalvoMontalbano Fri 10-May-13 18:18:48

heroine, not herring blush

AnonYonimousBird Fri 10-May-13 19:03:56

The murder of roger ackroyd.

Genius

nettie Fri 10-May-13 20:19:16

envy stickortwist.

Would second "The Floating Admiral" and the Josephine Tey one about Richard III.

Ashoething Sat 11-May-13 09:20:54

I love Agatha Christie-I wanted to call my dd Agatha but dh vetoed itangry

My favourites are-

Nemesis
Cat among the pigeons
N or M
At Bertrams Hotel
By the pricking of my thumbs-my all time favourite!-is a tommy and tuppence book.

Clawdy Sat 11-May-13 18:53:13

Lots of charity shops have a Christie collection. The earlier ones are the best,I love The Hollow and Evil Under The Sun. Endless Night is a rather different read,too.

I like old Hercule and hate Miss M. I don't think Agatha C is much good for a holiday read though because they are v v short.

Clawdy Sun 12-May-13 12:37:58

Then take two or three! It's funny how different we all are,I love Poirot, like Miss M, but really dislike Tommy and T.

I like HUGE books to take on holiday. smile I've been trawling the charity shops for a big fat Hercule P collection but with no success.

KittenofDoom Sun 12-May-13 18:11:43

Re the Hitchcock films, I would recommend anything by Patricia Highsmith (author of "Strangers on a Train").

She also wrote the Ripley novels, best (but not essential) to read those in order starting with "The Talented Mr Ripley".

DomesticEntrepreneur Sun 12-May-13 22:23:15

<jumping in with both feet>

LOVE Christie. Miss Marple is my favourite but I enjoy the Poirot novels as well, Tommy and Tuppence not so much.

And Then There Were None is really creepy. Actually quite horrifying. I have a print copy of when it had its highly un-PC original title.

Cards on the Table is a great Poirot novel. And of course, Murder on the Orient Express is a classic.

All of the Marples. Nemesis is my favourite but probably not the best one to start with.

Second The Pale Horse. Again, really quite creepy.

Second KittenofDoom's suggestion of The Talented Mr Ripley. Excellent.

John Fowles' The Collector is a book that I've been able to read once and never want to read again, for fear of spoiling perfection.

DomesticEntrepreneur Sun 12-May-13 22:26:11

Ooh, forgot that I also second Josephine Tey. Sadly forgotten now as an author. My agent once told me I write like her <proud>

HumphreyCobbler Sun 12-May-13 22:30:38

The Moving Finger is a brilliant one. I also love Five Little Pigs, The Pale Horse, Nemesis, After the Funeral and The Hollow.

Snazzynewyear Sun 12-May-13 22:39:20

You can get collections of about four in one volume. I bought a couple of these years ago and read them at Christmas. Bliss.

I like Miss Marple better than Poirot (he gets irritating about his own cleverness, for me) and would recommend Murder At The Vicarage, The Body In The Library, At Bertram's Hotel, 4.50 from Paddington.

Can't remember if you have a kindle but a three-volume text of Vicarage/Library/Finger smile is 9.99 for the kindle version atm.

Snazzynewyear Sun 12-May-13 22:42:03

Also I'd echo the recommendation for M. E. Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret and for more of Wilkie Collin's detective stuff. You'll be able to get free electronic versions of both. Christie is difficult for that because only the very early ones are out of copyright.

Snazzynewyear Sun 12-May-13 22:42:17

Collins' argh!

marissab Mon 13-May-13 10:27:50

Ok snazzy, i have gone for the 3 miss marples. I never spend £9.99 on kindle! Eek! I prefered poirot on tv to marple but i want a light hearted read so should be just the ticket grin

KittenofDoom Mon 13-May-13 14:42:06

Another prolific writer of whodunnits was Ngaio Marsh. She's contemporary with Agatha Christie. You might give her a try too.

Ooh yes to Wilkie Collins. I am having an I love Wilkie phase at the moment.

Lady Audely's Secret is okay but not great imho due to the fussiness and morality of the writer.

What about The 39 Steps?

marissab Sat 18-May-13 18:26:16

Remus, 39 steps is one of my faves. Unput down able. Back from hols and am 1/2 way through miss marple. I'm enjoying it but omg, how middle class??? But i'm looking past that and just enjoying the story on face value. It's good fun so far.

Louise1956 Tue 04-Jun-13 23:42:57

hercule Poirot's Christmas is my favourite Poirot novel, I also like Cards on the Table very much ,and the ABC Murders, Mrs McGinty's Dead.

a Murder Is Announced is my favourite Miss Marple, followed by A Carribean Mystery and At Bertram's Hotel.

towards Zero, featuring Superintendant Spence, is another favourite, and I like a non series one, Ordeal By Innocence, ver much. by the Pricking of My Thumbs is my favourite Tommy and Tuppence story.

mixedmamameansbusiness Thu 06-Jun-13 18:24:04

I know OP already bought the books, but thought I would comment anyway.

I love Murder on the Orient Express. I read others as a teenager and can't remember much, but this year I am reading all the Poirot novels in order... Having lots of fun although haven't got very far yet.

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