Lord Edgware Dies. And Then There
Were None. All must-reads for any fan or new reader of Agatha
Which of the Must-Reads were your
favorites? What books did you think could have also been included?
Discuss with others!
Exactly like that! How did you do it? I should have your nickname!
Try using <u> and </u> instead.
Then we can get really complicated
How do you write in different colours?????????
See my post in the Hidden spoilers section, and just change font color to whatever you like.
I think all Christies are must reads but here's two for discussion (I'm sure a lot has already been said about both, but there's always time for more): The Mystery Of The Blue Train (early) and Endless Night (late). I wouldn't say either is her best, but they are two books that I was captivated with.
The Mystery Of The Blue Train, for me, has been unfairly criticised in the past (mainly by the author herself), for I found it to be a perplexing and entertaining mystery. The characters are colourful and Poirot, as always, is in fine form. Considering her personal life at the time, it's an amazing accomplishment and (again, for me) a book that holds up well to this day. Regardless of the author's opinion, well worth reading.
In my opinion, Endless Night is the best of Christie's latter day books. Admittedly I still have a couple more post-1960's to read, but EN is so far in front I can't see anything changing. It's a spooky read, at times fairly light in content before plunging you head-first into darkness. It keeps the reader's attention and delivers quite a wallop at the end. If you haven't yet done so, pick it up, pour a coffee and plonk yourself down one Sunday afternoon and devour it with gusto. I didn't think it possible, but my admiration for AC grew even more after reading this book, as it's a stroke of genius that after all she had already done she could write such a powerful and (arguably) original story at the age of 75+.
I am pretty sure you won't find any of the post 1960's better than Endless Night. It certainly is a surprising book for someone in her mid-late 70's to write. This is one book I liked very much the first time I read it but less so with re-readings, possibly because no one really solved anything and there really wasn't anything to "figure out". My 2 cents.
That's a good point, Mark. I tend to agree that it probably loses something on re-reading, or rather it doesn't offer much more as compared to others that do. Still, that initial reading is powerful stuff.
I agree with both of you, although when I read Endless Night it scared me to death! Not many people have heard of it, either-it is the one book
I've started recommending, especially with all the accolades for The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I thought it was a great one of her later books, especially since a lot of them have been criticized (I take Elephants Can Remember as an example).