14 August 2010

ACRC Update - 14 August 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 19 books and 8 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
    1934, The Listerdale Mystery - 12 short stories, UK only
  17. 1935, DEATH IN THE CLOUDS (aka DEATH IN THE AIR) - Hercule Poirot
  18. 1936, THE A.B.C. MURDERS (aka THE ALPHABET MURDERS) - Hercule Poirot
  19. 1966, THE THIRD GIRL - Hercule Poirot and Ariadne Oliver

    Reading schedule

  20. 1936, MURDER IN MESOPOTAMIA
  21. 1936, CARDS ON THE TABLE
  22. 1937, DUMB WITNESS (aka POIROT LOSES A CLIENT)
  23. 1937, DEATH ON THE NILE
  24. 1938, APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH
  25. 1938, HERCULE POIROT'S CHRISTMAS (aka MURDER FOR CHRISTMAS, aka A HOLIDAY FOR MURDER)
  26. 1939, MURDER IS EASY (aka EASY TO KILL)
  27. 1939, TEN LITTLE NIGERS (aka AND THEN THERE WERE NONE; also TEN LITTLE INDIANS)
  28. 1940, SAD CYPRESS
  29. 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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5 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie - Your progress is really impressive! You do leave me in awe of how much you've read...

Gary Corby said...

My wife did something similar to this many years ago. She bought and read every single Agatha Christie book ever written, in as close to series order as she could manage. It took her a long, long time!

Kerrie said...

I haven't read as much as you Margot!

Kerrie said...

I think I probably have read them all over the years Gary, butreading them in order brings things other than just the stories to mind. There's a bunch of us on this journey. See this

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

I like the way you did this update. I believe I'm going to do the same when I get through with number 20.

It was also interesting to click back and read your post about The Problem At Pollensa. I didn't have that one on my list for the 1920s. I'll need to find it and catch up.

I'm already working on catching up with the other short stories. For some reason I was just following the list of novels on Wikipedia and, except for a couple, I was ignoring the short stories. I'll get back on track in the next few months.

All this has taught me to pay better attention to your blog. I'll try to do that in the future.

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