14 Best Agatha Christie Books Of All Time

Agatha Christie is one of the best mystery writers of all time, but what are her most beloved books? We listed the best Agatha Christie books.

Agatha Christie is often called the “Queen of Mystery.” This prolific author wrote detective stories and plays renowned for their plot twists. Christie takes readers from London, England, to the Middle East in her tales of murder and mystery.

Christie was born in 1890 and died in 1976. She has 66 detective novels, 14 short story collections in her name, and several plays. She has over one billion copies of the English translations of her books sold since she started writing.

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Here are the best Agatha Christie books to get you started.

1. And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None is a mystery novel Christie published in 1939. It sold over 100 million copies. This story’s basis is the nursery rhyme “Ten Little Indians.”

Ten people come to an island after receiving an unexpected invitation in the story. Though seemingly strangers to each other, they each die off in a manner as the poem describes. The true killer doesn’t come to light until the very.

“In the midst of life, we are in death.”

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And Then There Were None
  • Christie, Agatha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 300 Pages - 03/29/2011 (Publication Date) - William Morrow (Publisher)

2. The Mysterious Affair At Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduced one of Christie’s most popular characters: Inspector Hercule Poirot. This book was also the first published work for Christie, hitting bookshelves in 1920. Critics received the story well as they walked alongside the sleuth for the first time, trying to solve a murder.

This novel takes place in Styles Court when the household discovers Emily Inglethorp, the state owner, dead from poisoning. What follows is a mystery full of twists and turns as the detective tries to figure out who did it.

“Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.”

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles: The Queen of Mystery's First Published Novel
  • Christie, Agatha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 243 Pages - 04/12/2021 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)

3. The Murder At The Vicarage

The Murder at the Vicarage is the first book to feature Miss Jane Marple, another memorable character. The Miss Marple Mysteries are some of her more famous books, and this particular title was published in 1930. It is set in the village of St. Mary Mead, the setting for many of Miss Marple’s books.

In the story, Miss Marple is brought into the tale when the telephone operator accidentally connects the friend of the murder victim to her, and she decides to see if she can help. 

“The young people think the old people are fools — but the old people know the young people are fools.”

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The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple Mysteries)
  • Harper Paperbacks
  • Christie, Agatha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 04/12/2011 (Publication Date) - William Morrow Paperbacks (Publisher)

4. Death On The Nile

Death on the Nile is the 17th Poirot book. In the story, a cruise along the Nile River turns into a murder scene when a stylish young woman is found dead. Detective Poirot must figure out who is responsible for the crime.

Death on the Nile is sometimes confused with a short story by the same name Christie wrote earlier in 1937 for The Saturday Evening Post.

“It often seems to me that’s all detective work is, wiping out your false starts and beginning again.”

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Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries, 17)
  • Harper Paperbacks
  • Christie, Agatha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 02/01/2011 (Publication Date) - William Morrow Paperbacks (Publisher)

5. Murder On The Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express is one of the most famous of Christie’s books with radio, film, and television adaptations. It even has a computer game and board game that carries its name.

The Orient Express comes to a halt during the night due to snowdrift on the tracks. In the morning, a man lies dead. Lucky for the passengers, one of the vacationers on the train is none other than Poirot, who was set on tracking down the murderer before they took another victim.

“The impossible could not have happened; therefore, the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”

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Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries, 10)
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Christie, Agatha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 01/18/2011 (Publication Date) - William Morrow Paperbacks (Publisher)

6. The ABC Murders

Published in 1936, The ABC Murders had rave reviews. Still, before its official publication, the story came out in a shortened version as a piece in Cosmopolitan magazine rather than a book. The book has several television and movie adaptations and a video game.

In a series of murders, the unknown killer always leaves a calling card – the ABC Railway Guide – lying beside the body. Each of the victims also starts with a letter of the alphabet. This book is yet another in the Poirot series and stars Arthur Hastings and Chief Inspector James Harold Japp.

“It’s like all those quiet people when they do lose their tempers; they lose them with a vengeance.”

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The ABC Murders
  • Agatha Christie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 08/09/2022 (Publication Date) - Pocket Books (Publisher)

7. The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd deserves a spot on this list because it does not follow the traditional Christie style. It has a twist ending that had a significant impact on the detective novel genre, and in 2013 the British Crime Writers’ Association called it the “best crime novel ever.”

In this book, Poirot is called out of retirement when a wealthy widow takes her own life, and then soon after, her fiancé, Roger Ackroyd, is murdered. As Poirot investigates, a shocking twist reveals who the real murderer is after a series of carefully planted red herrings.

“The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.”

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8. Five Little Pigs

Five Little Pigs is the 25th Poirot book. Christie published it in 1942 under the title Murder in Retrospect. Critics called the ending of the book completely satisfying.

Though it appears to be an open and shut case, the murder of Caroline Crale’s husband is anything but. Sixteen years after her death, a letter indicates she is innocent. Poirot must re-open the case to see what really happened in the case.

“What you do not understand is that there are things that cannot be bought.”

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Five Little Pigs: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries, 24)
  • Christie, Agatha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 02/01/2011 (Publication Date) - William Morrow Paperbacks (Publisher)

9. Crooked House

Published in 1949 and the 49th book by the Queen of Mystery, Crooked House had a surprise ending that kept even the biggest Christie fans guessing. It was adapted into film and radio after its publication.

Crooked House opens with the death of Aristide Leonide, a wealthy man with a beautiful widow who seems to be a prime suspect. This book is narrated by Charles Hayward, the detective who eventually figures out who did it. 

“Curious thing, rooms. Tell you quite a lot about the people who live in them.”

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Crooked House
  • Christie, Agatha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 02/01/2011 (Publication Date) - William Morrow Paperbacks (Publisher)

10. Endless Night

Christie wrote Endless Night in just six weeks in 1967. It is based on the poem Auguries of Innocence by William Blake.

It is the story of Michael Rogers, who must find the truth about the menace of Gipsy’s Acre, a place where the narrator Rogers wants to settle down with his new bride. This tale, true to the style of Christie, features a plot twist few can see coming.

“Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless night.”

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Endless Night (Queen of Mystery)
  • Harper Paperbacks
  • Christie, Agatha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 02/01/2011 (Publication Date) - William Morrow Paperbacks (Publisher)

11. Peril At End House

Poirot book eight is a favorite of many Christie fans. Published in 1932, Peril at End House also features Chief Inspector Japp and Arthur Hastings. Reviewers found the plot particularly clever, and it has had a stage, radio, film, television, and computer game adaptations.

In this story, Poirot and Hastings stay at a Cornish resort when they discover a woman with a target on her back; Poirot must find out who wants the woman dead before a calamity occurs.

“Poirot,” I said. “I have been thinking.”
“An admirable exercise, my friend. Continue it.”

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Peril at End House: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries, 8)
  • Harper Paperbacks
  • Christie, Agatha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 10/25/2011 (Publication Date) - William Morrow Paperbacks (Publisher)

12. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case

The 42nd Poirot book is the last to feature the brilliant detective. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case ends satisfyingly as he ties together some of his best cases. Christie published this book in 1975.

This book fittingly brings the characters back to the country house that appeared in The Mysterious Affair at Styles. It also has several murders, giving the famous detective quite the mystery to solve for his last one.

“Everyone is a potential murderer-in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill-though not the will to kill.”

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Curtain: Poirot's Last Case: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries, 39)
  • William Morrow Company
  • Christie, Agatha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 10/25/2011 (Publication Date) - William Morrow Paperbacks (Publisher)

13. Evil Under The Sun

Published in 1941, Evil Under the Sun is book 42 in the Poirot mystery series. Critics enjoyed this work, though they did indicate the intricate nature of the murder was a little far-fetched.

Evil Under the Sun again finds Poirot on holiday, only to be caught up in a murder of a beautiful woman named Arlena Stuart. The woman was not well-liked; Poirot must figure out who would want her dead.

“Ah! Madame, I reserve the explanations for the last chapter.”

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Evil Under the Sun: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries, 23)
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Christie, Agatha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages - 08/30/2011 (Publication Date) - William Morrow Paperbacks (Publisher)

14. The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap is one of the most famous Christie plays. It is the longest-running play in history and opened at the Theatre Royal in 1952. Its setting is Monkswell Manor, an inn run by Mollie and Giles Ralston.

The play opens with the murder of Maureen Lyon, followed by a series of additional murders. The nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice” is the central theme of the play. Detective Sergeant Trotter appears to be the one solving the crime.

“The only people who really know what other people are like are artists—and they don’t know why they know it!”

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The Mousetrap
  • Christie, Agatha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 108 Pages - 01/28/2014 (Publication Date) - Samuel French, Inc. (Publisher)

A Final Word On The Best Agatha Christie Books

Christie is known for her enduring characters like Miss Marple and Poirot. Her twists that keep readers guessing about the killer’s identity also make her works stand out.

Though there are writers who have more works to their name in the detective fiction genre, few are as well-known.

FAQs About The Best Agatha Christie Books

What Is The Best Agatha Christie Book?

Based on the number of copies sold, And Then There Were None is the most popular of her books, with over 100 million sales since its original publication.

What Is The Best Hercule Poirot Book?

According to Goodreads, the best Agatha Christie novel featuring Poirot is Murder on the Orient Express.

Further Reading

If you enjoyed this list of the best Agatha Christie books, you might also like our round-up of the best crime thriller authors

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