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These are my favourite Agatha Christie books, so if you haven't read any, I would suggest you start with these ones.
Be careful with the Wikipedia links - they contain spoilers along with some interesting information!
I couldn't quite get the list down to ten!!
|1||1939||And Then There Were None||This book is famous because it has been renamed twice! Ten strangers arrive on Soldier Island. All seems fine until they start to disappear, one by one ...|
|2||1950||A Murder is Announced||Miss Marple||The first Agatha Christie story I stumbled across. All the neighbours flock to Little Paddocks when they read that a murder is imminent.|
|3||1962||The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side||Miss Marple||The residents are delighted to hear that a film start has moved in to St Mary Mead - so much so that they decide to throw her a party - what a great idea(!)|
|4||1953||After the Funeral||Hercule Poirot||This one gives a great demonstration of why saying "he WAS murdered, wasn't he?" after a funeral can start a whole lot of trouble.|
|5||1926||The Murder of Roger Ackroyd||Hercule Poirot||Considered to be Agatha Christie's masterpiece by most - an excellent book. No prizes for guessing that it doesn't end well for Roger.|
|6||1932||Peril at End House||Hercule Poirot||While on holiday Poirot and Hastings stumble across a pretty damsel who tells them of her recent escapes from death. I was delighted to solve this one (a rare occurrence for me!) as it is very cleverly written.|
|7||1936||Cards on the Table||Hercule Poirot||A real change for Agatha Christie here - so much so that at the beginning she warns her loyal fans that there would be no "surprise ending". A flamboyant character is killed during a game of Bridge - there are only four possible suspects. Cue Poirot and the delightful crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (Agatha's parody of herself!) to investigate.|
|8||1937||Death on the Nile||Hercule Poirot||Another classic. A woman is murdered on her honeymoon. The only problem seems to be that there are too many suspects.|
|9||1941||Evil Under the Sun||Hercule Poirot||A day on a sunny beach turns to tragedy - Poirot does seem able to find murder everywhere. Considered by many to be Agatha Christie's cleverest plot.|
|10||1949||Crooked House||Charles Hayward||Aristide Leonides is murdered by a method he had joked about with the whole family. Suspicion falls on everyone and an outsider, Charles Hayward, decides to solve the crime so that he can marry his sweetheart.|
|11||1975||Curtain||Hercule Poirot||The very last Poirot story and it is sad to see Poirot so old weak. Poirot and Hastings investigate their last case together and reminisce about all of their adventures since they first met at Styles all those years ago.|