20 May 2009

ACRC Update - 20 May 2009

I've just finished the 11th novel, THE SITTAFORD MYSTERY. Last week I bought second hand at a library sale, a large number of omnibus volumes, for about $1 each, accounting between them for about 55 novels, and I can see many of the next titles on their spines, so hopefully I'll be right for a while.

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.

Up until now I have been mainly borrowing the books from my local library but with my new acquisitions, this will be cut down quite a bit.

What I've read so far
  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) - finished
  5. 1925, THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS - finished
  6. 1926, THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD - finished
  7. 1927, THE BIG FOUR - finished
  8. 1928, THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN - finished
  9. 1929, THE SEVEN DIALS MYSTERY - finished
    1929 Partners in Crime (fifteen short stories; featuring Tommy and Tuppence) - now on my shelves
  10. 1930, THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE - finished
    1930 The Mysterious Mr. Quin (twelve short stories; introducing Mr. Harley Quin) - waiting on the shelves (from library)
  12. 1932, PERIL AT END HOUSE - requested from the library.
    1932 The Thirteen Problems (thirteen short stories; featuring Miss Marple, also known as The Tuesday Club Murders in the US) - now on my shelves
  13. 1933, LORD EDGEWARE DIES (aka THIRTEEN AT DINNER) - - now on my shelves
  14. 1934, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (aka MURDER IN THE CALAIS COACH) - now on my shelves
  15. 1934, WHY DIDN'T THEY ASK EVANS? (aka THE BOOMERANG CLUE) - now on my shelves
Check the opening blog post of the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge 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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Dorte H said...

Congratulations on your new supply. Most of the c 30 Christies I own have also been bought very cheaply from second hand bookshops.

Kerrie said...

That is the beauty of a project like this Dorte - plenty of 2nd hand copies on offer? Are you reading them in English or Danish?

Dorte H said...

As I buy them in Denmark, most of them are Danish, but sometimes one can find English crime novels in the second hand shops.

Kerrie said...

How well do they translate Dorte? When were the translations done?

Dorte H said...

Ha! That was a good questions. Many of them were translated in the 70s, but sound as if they are from the 1930, and quite often my daughters and I laugh at ridiculous phrases and try to guess what Christie wrote :O


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