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Agatha Christie

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1lunalovebook
Jul 11, 2007, 11:10pm Top

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

2wonderlake
Jul 12, 2007, 5:19am Top

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

3lunalovebook
Jul 13, 2007, 9:38pm Top

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!

4rbtanger
Edited: Jul 15, 2007, 7:26pm Top

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.

5Corinne
Jul 18, 2007, 9:08pm Top

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.

6rbtanger
Jul 19, 2007, 5:38pm Top

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

7CharlesTatumJr
Jul 26, 2007, 3:01pm Top

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.

8vivienbrenda
Jul 26, 2007, 3:04pm Top

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.

9reading_fox
Aug 16, 2007, 11:20am Top

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.

10AnnaLind
Aug 20, 2007, 8:49am Top

Hej,

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 andrianalind@hotmail.com.

11reading_fox
Edited: Aug 20, 2007, 8:54am Top

#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!

12pollysmith
Aug 20, 2007, 9:03am Top

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

13ds_61_12
Aug 23, 2007, 2:52pm Top

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...)

14reading_fox
Aug 24, 2007, 6:36am Top

#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.

15kathi
Aug 24, 2007, 9:14am Top

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.

16reading_fox
Aug 24, 2007, 10:30am Top

#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

17MysteryWatcher
Aug 25, 2007, 5:06am Top

Hi
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?

18TheCount
Aug 29, 2007, 8:59pm Top

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!!

19JacInABook
Mar 13, 2008, 10:20am Top

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.

20karenmarie
Mar 15, 2008, 10:11am Top

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.

21tiegster
Oct 5, 2008, 12:13am Top

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.

22LA12Hernandez
Oct 5, 2008, 12:36am Top

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.

23fig2
Edited: Sep 5, 2009, 3:02pm Top

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!

24ahumphrey62254
Sep 25, 2009, 3:45pm Top

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.

25y2pk
Sep 25, 2009, 7:53pm Top

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.

26ahumphrey62254
Oct 2, 2009, 4:48am Top

Hi,
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.
Andrea

27y2pk
Oct 2, 2009, 7:49pm Top

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

Supt. Battle also appears in Cards on the Table.

28ahumphrey62254
Oct 4, 2009, 6:00am Top

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.
Andrea

29Porua
Edited: Oct 5, 2009, 1:03pm Top

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.

30TracyK1
Nov 26, 2009, 6:14am Top

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.

31Kostyusha
Aug 11, 2010, 1:21pm Top

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.

32Cristina_Matta
Oct 6, 2012, 10:49am Top

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... :-)

33kaggsy
May 2, 2013, 8:57am Top

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!

34james.proffitt
Oct 10, 1:24am Top

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!

35tealadytoo
Oct 10, 5:51am Top

>35 tealadytoo: It's a pity. Her books are well worth discussing. I adore Miss Marple, but I'm also find of some of the less well known characters, like Harley Quinn and Mr. Parker Pyne.

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