This perpetual challenge is being hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise.
Here are the details copied from Kerrie's blog:
The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge is really a challenge in two parts.
My original idea with the challenge was that I would read the books of Agatha Christie in order of publication to see what I could learn about her development as a writer, her exploration of the genre, development of her main characters and so on.
I've continued to tackle that on two fronts: her novels and her short stories.
I invited other people to join me and some are attempting to read the novels in order as I am, while others are simply reading them as they come across them.
I invite you to join us on this reading journey, reading at your own pace, either in publication order, or not, as you please.
You can join by adding your name to the Mr Linky at the foot of this post.
I find that I am reading about a title a month, aiming for 12 a year.
As I read a new book, I write a review and post it on my blog.
I also write an update post, recording my progress so far.
If you click here, you will see examples of these posts.
The second part of the challenge is to be a participant in the monthly Agatha Christie Challenge Blog Carnival.
It is an opportunity to submit your Agatha Christie reviews and updates to each carnival.
So when you write a review or an update about your progress in the challenge, then the next step each time is to submit your post to the Carnival through the Mr Linky created for each month. Just put the title of your blog post and the URL.
If you want to join me in the challenge, just click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.
Here is a list of the complete works of Agatha Christie:
Collections of short storiesIn addition to her novels, Christie published 150 short stories in her career. Almost all of these were written for publication in fiction magazines with over half of them first appearing in the 1920s. They were then published in book form in various collections, some of which were identical in the UK and US (e.g. The Labours of Hercules) and others where publication took place in one market but not the other.
Twelve of the stories which were published in The Sketch magazine in 1924 under the sub-heading of The Man who was No. 4 were joined in one continuous narrative in the novel The Big Four in 1927. Four other stories, "The Submarine Plans" (1923), "Christmas Adventure" (1923), "The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest" (1932) and "The Second Gong" (1932), were expanded into longer narratives by Christie (respectively The Incredible Theft, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, The Mystery of the Spanish Chest and Dead Man's Mirror, although the shorter versions of all four have also been published in the UK).
Only one short story remains unpublished in the UK in book form: "Three Blind Mice" (1948), on which Christie placed a moratorium whilst the stage play based on the story, The Mousetrap, was still running in the West End. Prior to this the story was published in four installments in the weekly magazine Woman's Own in the issues dated December 31, 1948 to January 21, 1949 with illustrations by K. J. Petts.
In the US, the story "Christmas Adventure" has not been published in book form.
The main collections in both markets are:
- 1922 Poirot Investigates (Eleven short stories in the UK, fourteen in the US)
- 1929 Partners in Crime (Fifteen short stories; featuring Tommy and Tuppence)
- 1930 The Mysterious Mr. Quin (Twelve short stories; introducing Mr. Harley Quin)
- 1932 The Thirteen Problems (Thirteen short stories; featuring Miss Marple. Published as The Tuesday Club Murders in the US.)
- 1933 The Hound of Death (Twelve short stories –UK only)
- 1934 The Listerdale Mystery (Twelve short stories –UK version, US version published in 2010 in eBook format only)
- 1934 Parker Pyne Investigates (Twelve short stories; introducing Parker Pyne and Ariadne Oliver. Published as Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective in the US.)
- 1937 Murder in the Mews (Four novella-length stories; featuring Hercule Poirot. Published as Dead Man's Mirror in the US, but without The Incredible Theft.)
- 1939 The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (Nine short stories –US only)
- 1947 The Labours of Hercules (Twelve short stories; featuring Hercule Poirot)
- 1948 The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (Eleven short stories –US only)
- 1950 Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (Nine short stories –US only)
- 1951 The Under Dog and Other Stories (Nine short stories –US only)
- 1960 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Six short stories –UK version, US version published in 2004)
- 1961 Double Sin and Other Stories (Eight short stories –US only)
- 1971 The Golden Ball and Other Stories (Fifteen short stories –US only)
- 1974 Poirot's Early Cases (Eighteen short stories. Published as Hercule Poirot's Early Cases in the US.)
- 1979 Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories (Eight short stories –UK and Commonwealth Countries only)
- 1984 Hercule Poirot's Casebook (Fifty short stories: fourteen from Poirot Investigates, all twelve from The Labours of Hercules, eight from The Under Dog and Other Stories, five from The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, all four from Murder in the Mews, four from Double Sin and Other Stories, and three from Three Blind Mice and Other Stories)
- 1991 Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories (Eight short stories –UK and Commonwealth Countries only)
- 1997 The Harlequin Tea Set (Nine short stories –US only)
- 1997 While the Light Lasts and Other Stories (Nine short stories –UK and Commonwealth Countries only)
Romance novels written under the pen name Mary Westmacott
- 1930 Giant's Bread
- 1934 Unfinished Portrait
- 1944 Absent in the Spring
- 1948 The Rose and the Yew Tree
- 1952 A Daughter's a Daughter
- 1956 The Burden
- 1930 Black Coffee (Novelised by Charles Osborne in 1998 as Black Coffee)
- 1943 And Then There Were None (Based on the 1939 novel Ten Little Indians)
- 1945 Appointment with Death (Based on the 1938 novel Appointment with Death)
- 1946 Murder on the Nile/Hidden Horizon (Based on the 1937 novel Death on the Nile)
- 1951 The Hollow (Based on the 1946 novel The Hollow)
- 1952 The Mousetrap (Based on the 1948 short story Three Blind Mice)
- 1953 Witness for the Prosecution (Based on the short story The Witness for the Prosecution)
- 1954 Spider's Web (Novelised by Charles Osborne in 2000 as Spider's Web)
- 1956 A Daughter's a Daughter (Written as a play in the late 1930s. Performed professionally once. Unpublished but turned into the 1952 Mary Westmacott novel A Daughter's a Daughter)
- 1956 Towards Zero (Based on the 1944 novel Towards Zero)
- 1958 Verdict
- 1958 The Unexpected Guest (Novelised by Charles Osborne in 1999 as The Unexpected Guest)
- 1960 Go Back for Murder (Based on the 1942 novel Five Little Pigs)
- 1962 Rule of Three (Comprising Afternoon at the Seaside, The Rats and The Patient)
- 1972 Fiddler's Three (Originally written as Fiddler's Five. Unpublished.)
- 1973 Akhnaton (Written in 1937)
- 2003 Chimneys (Written in 1931, but unperformed for 72 years. Based on the 1925 novel The Secret of Chimneys. Unpublished.)
- 1937 The Yellow Iris (Based on the short story of the same name)
- 1947 Three Blind Mice (Christie's celebrated stage play The Mousetrap was based on this radio play)
- 1948 Butter In a Lordly Dish
- 1954 Personal Call
- 1937 Wasp's Nest (Based on the short story of the same name)
Other published works
- 1925 The Road of Dreams (Poetry)
- 1965 Star Over Bethlehem and other stories (Christian stories and poems)
- 1973 Poems
- 1930 Behind The Screen. A radio serial written together with Hugh Walpole, Dorothy L. Sayers, Anthony Berkeley, E. C. Bentley and Ronald Knox of the Detection Club. Published in book form in 1983 in The Scoop and Behind The Screen.
- 1931 The Scoop. A radio serial written together with Dorothy L. Sayers, E. C. Bentley, Anthony Berkeley, Freeman Wills Crofts and Clemence Dane of the Detection Club. Published in book form in 1983 in The Scoop and Behind The Screen.
- 1931 The Floating Admiral. A book written together with G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers and certain other members of the Detection Club.
- 1956 Towards Zero (A West End theatre dramatization of her 1944 novel co-written with Gerard Verner)
I am not planning to read in order. I am linking up my reviews as I go: