13 March 2010

ACRC Update - 13 March 2010

My intent in the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge is to read her books in order, so that I can get some idea of what she is doing, problems she is attempting to solve, and her development as a writer. If you look at some of my reviews you will see that I have been able to undertake some of this reflection.

Currently I am managing about a book a month.
I've read 16 books and 7 collections of short stories.

Read & reviewed so far
  1. 1920, THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES
  2. 1922, THE SECRET ADVERSARY
  3. 1923, THE MURDER ON THE LINKS
  4. 1924, THE MAN IN THE BROWN SUIT
    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
  9. 1929, THE SEVEN DIALS MYSTERY
    1929, Partners in Crime (fifteen short stories; featuring Tommy and Tuppence)
  10. 1930, THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE
    1930, The Mysterious Mr. Quin (twelve short stories; introducing Mr. Harley Quin)
  11. 1931, THE SITTAFORD MYSTERY (aka MURDER AT HAZELMOOR)
  12. 1932, PERIL AT END HOUSE
    1932 The Thirteen Problems (thirteen short stories; featuring Miss Marple, also known as The Tuesday Club Murders in the US)
  13. 1933, LORD EDGEWARE DIES (aka THIRTEEN AT DINNER)
  14. 1934, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (aka MURDER IN THE CALAIS COACH)
  15. 1934, WHY DIDN'T THEY ASK EVANS? (aka THE BOOMERANG CLUE)
    1991, Problem at Pollensa Bay publ. 1991 (Two of them feature Hercule Poirot, two Mr. Satterthwaite and Mr. Harley Quin, and two Mr Parker Pyne.)
  16. 1935, THREE ACT TRAGEDY (aka MURDER IN THREE ACTS)- Hercule Poirot and Mr Satterthwaite.
    1933, The Hound of Death - 12 short stories, UK only
    1934, Parker Pyne Investigates - 12 stories introducing Parker Pyne and Ariadne Oliver

    Reading schedule

    1934, The Listerdale Mystery - 12 short stories, UK only

  17. 1935, DEATH IN THE CLOUDS (aka DEATH IN THE AIR)
  18. 1936, THE A.B.C. MURDERS (aka THE ALPHABET MURDERS)
  19. 1936, MURDER IN MESOPOTAMIA
  20. 1936, CARDS ON THE TABLE
  21. 1937, DUMB WITNESS (aka POIROT LOSES A CLIENT)
  22. 1937, DEATH ON THE NILE
  23. 1938, APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH
  24. 1938, HERCULE POIROT'S CHRISTMAS (aka MURDER FOR CHRISTMAS, aka A HOLIDAY FOR MURDER)
  25. 1939, MURDER IS EASY (aka EASY TO KILL)
  26. 1939, TEN LITTLE NIGERS (aka AND THEN THERE WERE NONE; also TEN LITTLE INDIANS)
  27. 1940, SAD CYPRESS
  28. 1940, ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE (aka AN OVERDOSE OF DEATH; also THE PATRIOTIC MURDERS)
Check the opening blog post of the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge here.
If you'd like to join the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge click here.

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. I have decided on a method for reporting on the short stories.

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I have set up a block over in the right hand column called Agatha Christie Reading Challenge (with the same logo as this post) where I am listing the books I'm currently reading and those I've finished.
The challenge is called ACRC so each review will be preceded by those letters.

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4 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie,
As always, I am very impressed with your progress on the ACRC! I truly hope you'll like The Listerdale Mystery. I've a soft spot for that one. Thanks for updating us.

Kerrie said...

Thanks Margo. I'm not sure that I have the right number of books in my counter - I'm saying 87 - what do you think it should be? At a book a month, I've still got over 5 years worth to go! (I've read 23)

Kerrie said...

BTW Margot- which posts are you going to contribute to this month's Agatha Christie Blog Carnival?

Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie - I actually think you're right about 87 (although I don't claim truth on that one). Well, it will take a while, but I can think of worse things to spend one's time doing : ).

And thanks for the reminder of this month's carnival....I'm going to at least contribute (and thank you for the invitation : ) ) my "T" contribution to the Alphabet in Crime Fiction meme - Thirteen at Dinner.

Oh, and (so sorry I forgot) - Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful, wonderful trip!

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