Early Agatha Christie Reading

This is part of a series of wrap-up posts I’m doing for books I read after I started noting down star-ratings for books, but before I kept note of when I read them, or started writing proper reviews. This post is for the Agatha Christie books.

Murder on the Orient ExpressMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Series: Hercule Poirot #10
Publisher: Collins Crime Club
Released: January 1, 1934
Pages: 255
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What more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived?

At this point I’m sure everyone knows murder on the Orient Express – probably more for the premise of the plot-twist than for the book itself. I can’t actually remember much of the book, other than the premise behind the plot-twist, but it is one of, if not the, first Christie-book I read in English, and I did find it rather enjoyable.


Morder i husetMorder i huset by Agatha Christie
Publisher: Dodd Mead and Company
Released: March 1, 1949
Pages: 211
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Den styrtrike forretningsmann Aristide Leonides lever lykkelig i sitt ekteskap. Men så blir han myrdet, og det er utvilsomt hans kone som har forgiftet ham. Men visste hun selv hva hun gjorde?
Denne fremragende kriminalromanen er en av dem Agatha Christie selv setter størst pris på. Det tok henne flere år å skrive den, men så er den da også usedvanlig utspekulert laget.

I’m pretty sure Morder i Huset (or Crooked House) is the first Christie-book I ever read. A copy of this had been lying around at the cottage forever, and my mother recommended it, so I read it.

Being one of, if not the, proper who-done-it that I read, I believe I read it in the spirit of one of the crime-solving puzzles that you’d find in Donald Duck magazines. It was probably the perfect Christie-book to read with that mentality. Everything from detailed descriptions of where people were at the time, to a map drawn into the book. I’m very glad that this was my introduction to Christie, and to crime mysteries in general.


Ti små negerbarnTi små negerbarn by Agatha Christie
Publisher: Collins Crime Club
Released: November 6, 1939
Pages: 218
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Ti små negerbarn er tittelen på et barnerim som forteller om hvordan ti barn blir tatt av dage. Nøyaktig etter samme oppskrift mister hovedpersonene i denne boken livet. Ti mennesker - samlet på en øde øy - blir myrdet en etter en. Ingen vet hvem som er morderen er eller hvor han skjuler seg.

I think this book, known by a couple of English names, the most recent of which is, for good reason, “And then there were none”, was also lying around at the cottage. Again, I really enjoyed the who-done-it nature of it, and along with Crooked House it gave me a good taste for Agatha Christie, and a desire to read more of her.

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