Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Agatha Christie's Top 5 Poirot novels

List by Karalisa

"If you are to be Hercule Poirot, you must think of everything."
- Agatha Christie

Chrisitie's detective fiction is perfect for those who prefer murder mystery with an emphasis on mystery rather than gruesome murder. The little Belgian man is one of my favourite detectives and below are some of the novels I enjoyed. I've chosen to include ones that also have graphic novels or DVDs as I love adaptations into different media. The graphic novel or DVD may be a great place to start and, if you like the storyline, delve into the novel as well.



Death on the Nile / Agatha Christie
Death on the Nile: The tranquility of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger - "I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger."

DVD: Death on the Nile: the Nile has never had such dangerous undercurrents
Graphic novel: Death on the Nile

Murder on the Orient Express / Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot observed his fellow passengers on the Orient Express: a Russian princess, an English colonel, an American with a strange glint in his eye and many more. He was looking forward to the journey. But is was not to be. After a restless night, he awoke to find that tragedy had struck.

DVD: Murder on the Orient Express
Graphic novel: Murder on the Orient Express

Evil under the sun / Agatha Christie
It was not unusual to find the sun-loving Arlena Stuart stretched out on a beach, face down. Only on this occasion there was no sun...her beautiful bronzed body had been strangled to death.

Taken at the flood / Agatha Christie
Gordon Cloade is killed by a bomb blast in the blitz shortly after marrying an attractive young widow, the former Mrs Underhay. She is now in sole possession of the family fortune. Poirot is approched by Gordon's sister-in-law claiming that Mrs Underhay's first husband is still alive.

DVD: Taken at the flood: wash away the mystery

The murder of Roger Ackroyd / Agatha Christie
The murder of Roger Ackroyd: Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Then he is stabbed to death.

Graphic novel: The murder of Roger Ackroyd

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