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Agatha Christie is one of the best-selling authors of all time, holding the Guinness World Record for best-selling fiction writer with over 2 billion copies of her books sold. Her murder mysteries have become a staple in crime fiction as she keeps readers guessing, story after story. Across 66 novels and 14 short story collections, Agatha Christie introduced readers to countless characters including the notorious Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and the duo Tommy and Tuppence.
To rank Agatha Christie’s greatest works, we turned to ratings from Goodreads members. Goodreads is the world’s largest book reviewing platform where over 125 million members can rate and review their favorite books. Whether you’re searching for your first Agatha Christie novel or a gripping new murder mystery, here are some of the best Agatha Christie books, according to Goodreads members.
“And Then There Were None” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.99
With nearly one million ratings on Goodreads, “And Then There Were None” is a classic murder mystery and the most popular Agatha Christie novel amongst Goodreads reviewers. When 10 strangers gather at a mansion, they discover they’re systematically being murdered as described in an eerie poem framed in every room of the home. The guests must figure out who is behind the murders before everyone is killed.
“Murder on the Orient Express” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.27
In this murder mystery that ends with a satisfying plot twist, a snowdrift stops a very full train called the Orient Express just after midnight. By morning, an American man is found stabbed to death in his compartment, locked from the inside: A mystery only Hercule Poirot can solve.
“The Mysterious Affair at Styles” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.99
Agatha Christie wrote her first novel, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles,” while working as a nurse during World War I. This book introduces readers to Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective and World War I refugee, who begins to investigate when his benefactor is mysteriously poisoned — and it seems nearly everyone is a suspect.
“The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $7.99
One of the most controversial of Agatha Christie’s novels for its wild plot twist and non-traditional mystery style, “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” is also one of the most gripping Christie novels. When an English widow and her fiance are both killed within 24 hours, Poirot must unravel the tangled mystery in this clever and thrilling tale.
“Death on the Nile” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $8.99
On a Nile cruise for her honeymoon, the young and wealthy Linnet Ridgeway approaches Hercule Poirot and asks him to keep her former friend from following her, resentful after she married her friend’s fiancé. When Linnet is found dead, Poirot finds that the former friend is far from Linnet’s only enemy.
“Murder at the Vicarage” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.69
This is the first Agatha Christie novel to feature Miss Marple, an elderly woman who acts as an amateur detective consultant and previously only appeared in Christie’s short stories. When a widely disliked Colonel is found dead, there is no shortage of suspects through which Miss Marple must sort.
“The ABC Murders” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.99
In this mystery, a killer is systematically making their way through the alphabet, first targeting Alice Asher in Andover, then Better Bernard in Bexhill. Hercule Poirot must follow the ABC Railway Guide — the murderer’s calling card — to get one step ahead of them before someone else is killed.
“The Man in the Brown Suit” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $4.95
Full of thrills and espionage, “The Man in the Brown Suit” is about a young girl named Anne who witnesses a man die after falling onto the subway tracks. She discovers a mysterious note in his pocket with an address — and when a woman is found dead there the next day, Anne decides she must investigate. This is also the first Agatha Christie novel to feature former spy and ex-Army Colonel Johnnie Race, who works alongside Hercule Poirot in later novels.
“The Body in the Library” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.49
In this mystery where nothing is as it seems, a family wakes one morning to find a strange woman in an evening dress dead in their library. With a possible connection to another body found nearby, Miss Marple is called to investigate and piece together this strange and deadly puzzle.
“The Murder on the Links” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $9
When Hercule Poirot and his assistant, Captain Arthur Hastings, receive a letter that a wealthy man fears his life is in danger, they rush to Paris to find he’s already been killed by a letter opener and left in a grave next to a golf course. With building suspense and layers of complex clues, this murder mystery is an exciting Agatha Christie favorite.
“Evil Under the Sun” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.49
While trying to enjoy a peaceful holiday, Hercule Poirot finds himself in the middle of another murder investigation as a young woman is found strangled to death on a beach. This Agatha Christie novel is full of red herrings as Poirot untangles a motive and tracks down a killer.
“A Murder Is Announced” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.16
Miss Marple is staying in a small village when an advertisement in the local paper announces a murder will take place and includes a date, time, and location. While the community is unsure whether the advertisement is a practical joke or scare tactic, Miss Marple is unable to resist and goes to the location to see the lights go out just before someone is murdered.
“Crooked House” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.41
“Crooked House” is a standalone Agatha Christie novel, a rare gem that doesn’t feature any of her beloved recurring characters yet entices readers all the same. In this mystery, a young widow is a prime suspect when her wealthy husband, 50 years her senior, is found poisoned. Despite the rumors spreading through the community, criminologist Charles Hayward has far more suspects than just the widow.
“4:50 from Paddington” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.49
When Elspeth McGillicuddy witnesses a murder on a passing train, it seems no one believes her unlikely story. She turns to the beloved Miss Marple, who is eager to investigate and uses her resourcefulness and keen eye to find the murderer.
“Five Little Pigs” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.49
In this crime fiction novel, Mrs. Crale sends a letter posthumously to her daughter, insisting upon her innocence despite the overwhelming evidence that she’d poisoned her husband 16 years earlier. When the letter offers more questions than answers, Crale’s daughter turns to Hercule Poirot to reopen the case and find out who may have really killed her father.
“Hercule Poirot’s Christmas” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.29
Returning for a suspenseful Christmas mystery, Hercule Poirot is called when a family reunion turns deadly after the patriarch announces a change in the will, punctuated by insults towards each of his sons. Everyone is a suspect In this tense holiday whodunnit mystery, and Hercule Poirot is the only detective who can figure out the murderer.
“Poirot Investigates” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $3.95
“Poirot Investigates” is a collection of detective short stories featuring Hercule Poirot solving a series of exciting cases. Loved for Agatha Christie’s entertaining writing style, these stories are creative, clever, and fun to read as Poirot solves anything from a strange and demanding letter sent to a movie star to a suicide with suspicious circumstances.
“The Secret Adversary” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.95
“The Secret Adversary” is the first Tommy and Tuppence mystery from Agatha Christie featuring a young couple who decide to start a business called “Young Adventurers Ltd” to make money. When their first assignment calls for them to play detective, they must unravel the mystery of a young woman who has been missing for five years.
“Peril at End House” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.89
While on vacation in Cornwall, Hercule Poirot and his assistant, Arthur Hastings, meet a young woman named Nick who has recently narrowly escaped a series of suspicious life-threatening accidents. Convinced that someone is trying to kill Nick, Poirot launches a full investigation into the accidents and the secrets behind Nick’s dark home.
“Cards on the Table” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.69
When a boiserious but unpopular man named Mr. Shaitana invites eight guests over to play bridge — four sleuths and four previously suspected of murder — he is murdered in plain sight. The four detectives, including Hercule Poirot, each investigate one of the other guests in this suspenseful murder mystery full of plot twists.
“Appointment with Death” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.14
One of the most despicable characters in Agatha Christie’s work is Mrs. Boynton, a mother who abuses her children and is mysteriously murdered with only a tiny puncture wound as a sign she’d been killed by injection. With only 24 hours to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot unravels Mrs. Boynton’s relationships to investigate her murder.
“Murder in Mesopotamia” available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.49
Set on an archaeological excavation site in Iraq, “Murder in Mesopotamia” is told through the perspective of Amy Leatheren, a young nurse who becomes Hercule Poirot’s assistant when a brutal murder occurs. Intricate and thrilling, this murder mystery is a highly descriptive and vibrant classic that will keep readers stumped until the very end.
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