22 November 2008

ACRC #5: The Secret of Chimneys

Published in 1925, Agatha Christie's 5th novel. This time the detective is Superintendent Battle. My copy of THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS is to come from the library and I'm waiting for it to be returned by another reader.

Check the opening blog of the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge here.
  1. 1920, THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES - finished
  2. 1922, THE SECRET ADVERSARY- finished
  3. 1923, THE MURDER ON THE LINKS - finished
  4. 1924, THE MAN IN THE BROWN SUIT - finished
    1924, POIROT INVESTIGATES (short stories: eleven in the UK, fourteen in the US)
  5. 1925, THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS
  6. 1926, THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD
  7. 1927, THE BIG FOUR
  8. 1928, THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN
I have already "read" the "graphic novel" version of THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS, but that doesn't really "count". If you read my review of it, you'll understand why.

I am using the list at Wikipedia of novels and collections of short stories. I will interlace the short story collections into the list where I can, but may have to read them out of order.

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2 comments:

Ms. Bookish said...

What an interesting challenge. I'd love to join, but I think I've actually read almost all of Christie's books. I got onto them when I was around 13, and was mad about them for a long time. I remember I used to have a list of her books, and I'd mark off each one as I read them - I'm pretty sure I read most of them, but maybe what it was, was that I read all that I could find in our local library. I do remember it was great fun - I guess I could say I grew up with Poirot and Miss Marple, and Tommy (was that his name?) and Nora. I remember in particular the books about the man who ran that agency where he made people happy (not that I can actually remember his name right now!).

I should check the list at Wikipedia now and see if there are any I haven't read, and if I find some, I'll partially join your challenge that way. :)

Kerrie said...

I think I have probably read them all over the years but I was, like you, pretty young when I started.
What re-reading has shown me is what I missed out on when I first read them. I'm looking at them now from the point of view of Agatha Christie's development as a writer. In those days I didn't really see her as a social or political commentator, I didn't recognise that she was searching for a "satisfactory" protagonist, or that she was flexing her muscles, exploring what the boundaries of the genre were. The Challenge is giving me a whole new level of appreciation.

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