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1cmbohn
Mar 9, 2008, 8:11pm Top

My first Agatha Christie was The Body in the Library. It was my first 'adult' mystery, since I was still into Nancy Drew. My mom had it at her beauty shop and I came out with her to work one day. Since I had nothing else to do, I grabbed the book and started reading.

I was hooked. It took me awhile to 'get' some of the stuff - like why they were always wearing jumpers - but I couldn't wait to see how it would end. I was about 12 or 13.

2JacInABook
Mar 13, 2008, 10:27am Top

I posted my first Christie book in one of the other threads, but I'll post it here as well, 'cos I'm like that!

The Secret Adversary with Tommy and Tuppence. I loved the characters, the setting and the era. This book not only hooked me on Agatha Christie, but on whodunnits too.

3karenmarie
Mar 15, 2008, 10:06am Top

I'm ashamed to say that I can't remember my first Christie, but I feel like I've been reading her forever. Re-reading her forever too. I know I started reading her in junior high, so that's about 40 years ago! Gads.

My mother got me the Bantam Blue Leatherette Editions for my birthday and Christmas starting in 1987 for about 12-14 years, doling them out one or two at a time! I love them and they have pride of place on my shelves.

4cmbohn
Mar 16, 2008, 12:26am Top

I really liked the Secret Adversary too. In some ways, it was more of an adventure story than a mystery, in my opinion. Not that there's anything wrong with that! The T & T that I really did not like was Postern of Fate. I hated that one.

5JacInABook
Mar 16, 2008, 6:39am Top

She wrote a few adventure/mystery type stories I think, one that springs to mind is The Man in the Brown Suit.

I found Postern of Fate to be a little hard going too, it didn't seem to flow as well as some of the other books.

6LydiaHD
Mar 16, 2008, 6:58am Top

Funerals are Fatal. I read it without any idea of solving the mystery. I wish I had read it later; the mystery's a good one, and I was too new to the mystery genre to be able to appreciate it at the time.

7MysteryWatcher
Mar 17, 2008, 8:37am Top

By the Pricking of My Thumbs was my first A.C. book. I got up in the middle of the night to double-check the doors were locked. Creepy book. Started a life-long love affair with her mysteries.

8mstrust
Mar 30, 2008, 6:31pm Top

Hi-I'm new to the group and was hoping to find other Agatha Christie fans! My first A.C.was about five years ago, {A Pocketful of Rye}. My mom is a big mystery reader and had been after me for many years to try a Christie. So glad I finally did.

9MysteryWatcher
Mar 31, 2008, 7:46am Top

Hey Mstrust, welcome. Love the name.

10mstrust
Mar 31, 2008, 6:02pm Top

Thanks! I've just recently read The Mousetrap for the first time and would dearly love to see it performed in the West End. We had planned on a trip to London this fall but now, with the exchange rate, it's Boston instead.

11cmbohn
Apr 3, 2008, 5:27pm Top

I liked reading the plays too, but I really did not like the recent adaptations of some of her stories by whatshisname. Black Coffee was the first one, I think. They just weren't anywhere near as good as the originals.

12mstrust
Apr 3, 2008, 7:33pm Top

I haven't heard anything about that. Where were they performed?

13Christmas
Jun 10, 2008, 11:17am Top

Nemisis was mine.

14DaynaRT
Jun 10, 2008, 11:18am Top

Ten Little Indians. Hooked me good, it did.

15mstrust
Jun 10, 2008, 4:31pm Top

fleela-
that's one of my favorites. I wanted to see it performed live so I bought a video of a performance from the 1950's, with well-known British actors starring, and thought it would be great. It was, until the very last minutes, when they gave it a happy ending!

16DaynaRT
Jun 10, 2008, 4:34pm Top

happy ending

Oh no!

17sqdancer
Edited: Jun 10, 2008, 6:38pm Top

> 15,16

I'm guessing you folks haven't read AC's plays?

May I recommend The Mousetrap and other Plays by Agatha Christie? You'll find that she didn't always keep the exact story line for her plays. If I remember correctly, she thought that what works in novel form does not always translate well to the stage.

18mstrust
Jun 10, 2008, 8:19pm Top

>17 sqdancer:
Yes, I've read The Mousetrap.
This version of Ten Little Indians had obviously been mucked with for the television audience (it was filmed live and had live commercials for Rexall Drugs throughout.)
Vera and Lombard skip off into the sunset together. 'Nuff said.

19sqdancer
Edited: Jun 10, 2008, 9:22pm Top

Yes, that was the ending that Agatha Christie wrote for the stage version of Ten Little Indians (aka And then there were none). (See The Mousetrap and other plays, which contains the playscript of this and other plays by Agatha.)

(And I'm not particularly fond of that ending either, I much prefer the novel version.)

20BookishRuth
Jun 18, 2008, 9:12pm Top

Gosh, it's been so long. I think it was either Murder at the Vicarage or The Mysterious Affair at Styles. I'm a bit OCD about reading in order, so it's pretty safe to say it was one of those...I just can't remember if I started with Miss Marple or Poirot first...

21reading_fox
Jun 19, 2008, 11:44am Top

Definelty Miss Marple, after watching one of the better TV versions when quite young. But I'v eno idea which one. Never really got into the Poirot ones, and only recently discovered TT.

22Hana853
Jun 19, 2008, 12:04pm Top

Hmm...The book that inspired me to start reading her books was Death on the Nile. But I believe the first one I read was Murder on the Orient Express (Courtesy of Mrs. Hamill, who let me borrow it). After reading that, it all went downhill and I started reading them like crazy.

23soriso
Jun 19, 2008, 12:46pm Top

It was "Crooked House" (still one of my favourites)

24karenmarie
Jun 20, 2008, 6:32am Top

I wish I could remember - it just seems that Agatha Christie was just ..... there in my life. I've been reading her books since I was in high school - and since I'll turn 55 next week, that's quite a long time ago!!

I'm just barely into a re-read of all her US published works by publication date... have just re-read The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Secret Adversary. Love Poirot, ho-hum for Tuppence and Tommy.

25lunalovebook
Jun 20, 2008, 8:23pm Top

My first AC was Murder at the Vicarage and I've been hooked ever since.

I've always loved the fact that she wrote so many (and wrote them so well). I'm never at a loss for what to read next, because I always know another AC will fill the gap beautifully!

I've never read Mousetrap or any of her other plays, perhaps I'll give them a go

26EAG
Jun 23, 2008, 12:35am Top

Hi all, first posting to this group. I honestly can't remember which of her books I read first, though it must have been a Poirot one...maybe Evil Under the Sun or Murder in Mesopotamia. I was about 10 and just starting to be allowed to borrow from the "adult" section of the library and was instantly drawn into her world. And of course I loved matching wits with all her sleuths, though I could never warm up to Parker Pyne.

27brigneti
Edited: Aug 27, 2011, 8:26pm Top

I think it was Murder on the Orient Express... It's probably the first one I remember. I was about 10 or 11 and then I started reading only Christie books for about a year... There were many in my school's library and my grandma also had some that were three in one volume.

28spinalley
Oct 1, 2008, 12:02pm Top

My first Christie book was The Body in the Library. After reading that one, I tried to read everything else she wrote. Now I'm listening to her books on CD. Lots of fun.

29LA12Hernandez
Oct 5, 2008, 12:43am Top

Murder on the Orient Express, I fell in love with Hercule Poirot. It was my first mystery novel and from that time on my favorite type of book.

30tiegster
Edited: Oct 5, 2008, 10:06am Top

The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side was my first.
I had to read it after I caught a glimpse of an episode on PBS...I didn't have time to keep watching to find out who did it so I went on a quest for the book.

31quillmenow
Jan 3, 2009, 11:29am Top

I came into Agatha Christie a little later than most--age 28--but I've been hooked ever since. The first Christie book I read was Cards on the Table. I've been a Hercule Poirot fan ever since.

32jman14
Jan 3, 2009, 11:43am Top

My first was And Then There Were None. I love that book! I also just finished Death on the Nile this morning, which was my second. Great writer, Agatha Christie.

33iluvmystery
Jan 5, 2009, 4:17am Top

The first agatha christie i read was Murder in The Mews . It was amazing that i couldnt put the book down . Just yesterday i finished 4.50 from paddington ( which i loved ) .

34wisewoman
Jan 5, 2009, 8:54am Top

My first was Ten Little Indians (aka And Then There Were None). It was amazing. I read it all in one night and then went to bed and dreamed about it. I believe my second was Murder on the Orient Express. Christie's really hooked me. Aren't you glad she wrote so many books? :) I go on a Christie binge every few months and swallow four or five at a time. Good stuff.

35VPaladin
Jun 11, 2009, 5:36am Top

My first Christie was 'After the Funeral' when I was about 12 and I borrowed it from the High School Library. I was an instant Poirot fan and went on to seek out more of her books as I enjoyed that one so much (really appreciated the clever ending involving the murderer's identity). It was infectious so a couple of my friends joined in the reading and we'd give each other reviews on different AC books.

I think the first Marple I read was 'At Bertram's Hotel', which I enjoyed some years ago, but have not read any others since.

I think I've probably only read about half of her output (possibly just under that) but I am now embarking on reading all her mysteries in chronological order. Looking forward to it :-)

36AnnieMod
Jun 15, 2009, 6:19am Top

The first one in English was The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - this was actually the first novel I read in English...

The first Christie ever - either Death on the Nile or The A.B.C. Murders - they were the only Christie's in my parents' library and I am sure I had read both before I started checking out the rest from the library. But I cannot remember which one I read first.

37crazy4reading
Jun 25, 2009, 7:17am Top

I just read my first Agatha Christie book a few weeks ago. I have always wanted to read her books but never took the time to pick on up and read it. I decided this year to read her and the first book I read was The Body in The Library. I really enjoyed the book and have now purchased two of her books one for me and one for my son to read for school.

38aarts
Jun 4, 2010, 7:57am Top

My first Christie book was A Murder is Announced. It was such a thrilling experience.

39y2pk
Jun 4, 2010, 8:09pm Top

I think it was probably Evil Under the Sun. If not, it was either Halloween Party or The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I started buying the cheap paperbacks when I was in high school, and still have them.

40katie4098
Edited: Jul 7, 2010, 12:13am Top

And Then There Were None, sometime around 5th grade. I LOVED it! By that time I had been reading mystery books for a few years, all "kiddie" mysteries like Nancy Drew and others, but was just blown away by Agatha Christie. I remember being so excited to read more, and I did- I think I read all the Christie books the school library had, which was about five. I still think And Then There Were None is one of her best.

41Neekdesign
Jul 14, 2010, 4:13pm Top

My first was Halloween Party. The cover was sooo awesomely creepy. I carve a pumpkin like that every year now. My first AC story was Murder on the Orient Express. Her storytelling had me from the very beginning.

42Kostyusha
Aug 17, 2010, 12:59pm Top

I can't remember exactly which one I read first, but I believe it was either "Five Little Pigs" or "Cards on the Table." Or was it "The Labors of Hercules?" I cannot remember! My memory stinks!

Oh well - I still adore "Cards on the Table," which is one of Agatha Christie's best!

43calicocat901
Dec 11, 2010, 8:56pm Top

My first was Halloween Party. I read it in Junior High in my reading class. The book was one of the choices in the classroom library. I had never heard of Agatha Christie before this, although I was already a fan of mysteries, although in the Nancy Drew variety. This was really my first taste of adult mysteries, and I was hooked!

44StarryBlack
Dec 13, 2010, 11:30am Top

My first Agatha Christie novel was Sleeping Murder. The reason I read it was because my sister and I were watching PBS one night and Masterpiece Mystery was on. We ended up watching and it was Miss Marple in Sleeping Murder. However, it was broadcast in two parts and we missed the second part. I couldn't sleep for weeks because I didn't know what happened or who the murderer was. Then I found the book at my grandmother's house, read it in the space of about two hours, and got hooked on Christie.

45twogerbils
Jan 3, 2011, 10:59am Top

It was a long time ago, but I think my first was Death on the Nile.

46cbl_tn
Jan 3, 2011, 8:04pm Top

I'm pretty sure my first Christie was Murder with Mirrors. It's not one of my favorite Christie's, but I still remember it fondly as the one that got me started on her books.

47bgweaver
Jan 7, 2011, 11:40am Top

My first Agatha Christie was And Then There Were None, but we read that in middle school and I don't know if it counts. I remember thinking it was alright, but it didn't lead me to read any more of her books. My first, as an adult and that led me to continue reading her, was Death in the Clouds which I bought after watching "The Unicorn and the Wasp", an episode of Doctor Who that ended with the Doctor (David Tennant) pulling out his copy of Death in the Clouds and remarking that Christie's books are still being printed in the year 5,000,000,000. I decide that I couldn't continue to ignore an author whose works are that enduring.

48kgodey
Edited: Jan 28, 2011, 12:10pm Top

I read a lot of Agatha Christie when I was young, but I don't really remember any of them. I was reintroduced to her when I was a little older with 29788::A Pocket Full of Rye and that made me realise what a brilliant author she was - although I do remember being very disturbed by Crooked House before that.

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