The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie


The Pale Horse, Agatha Christie, 1961 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “The science of tomorrow is the supernatural of today.” Most interesting characters: Mark Easterbrook, a pretty typical dude who finds himself embroiled in a mystery with supernatural undercurrents. Thyrza, Sybil, and Bella, three creepy spinsters with creepy names that (unfortunately) no one takesContinue reading “The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie”

4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie


4:50 from Paddington, Agatha Christie, 1957 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “The truth is people are an extraordinary mixture of heroism and cowardice.” (Except me — I’m a total hero. Everyone says so) Most interesting characters: Elspeth McGillicuddy, a train passenger who saw something she shouldn’t have; Miss Marple, the local busybody who notContinue reading “4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie”

The Clocks by Agatha Christie


The Clocks, Agatha Christie, 1963 My favorite quote: “One gets infected, it is true, by the style of a work that one has been reading.” (Which is probably why I feel so compelled to kill so many folks in my books when I read Agatha Christie — which is frequently. From now on, when myContinue reading “The Clocks by Agatha Christie”

Nemesis by Agatha Christie


Nemesis, Agatha Christie, 1971 My favorite quote: “Any coincidence is worth noticing. You can throw it away later if it is only a coincidence.” Most interesting characters: Miss Jane Marple, a small-town spinster who just can’t seem to get away from dead people; Jason Rafiel, a recently-deceased millionaire; Michael Rafiel, Jason’s son; Verity Hunt, whoseContinue reading “Nemesis by Agatha Christie”

Endless Night by Agatha Christie


Endless Night, Agatha Christie, 1967 My favorite quote: “‘Nobody shall drive us away,’ I said. ‘We’re going to be happy here.’ We said it like a challenge to fate.” Notable characters: Michael Rogers, a young man who can’t quite figure out what he wants to do with his life; Fenella Goodman, a business-smart heiress; GretaContinue reading “Endless Night by Agatha Christie”

Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie


Hallowe’en Party, Agatha Christie, 1969 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “You and I have a principle in common. We do not approve of murder.” Notable characters: Hercule Poirot, the sleuth with a really, really great mustache; Ariadne Oliver, an author who calls on Poirot for help; Joyce Reynolds, a bratty little busybody with whomContinue reading “Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie”

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie


Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie, 1937 My favorite quote: “Love can be a very frightening thing. That is why most great love stories are tragedies.” Notable characters: Hercule Poirot, the investigator; Linette (Rideway) Doyle, an heiress; Simon Doyle, her new husband; Jacqueline de Bellefort, Simon’s ex-lover; Colonel Race, Poirot’s friend; Miss Van Schuyler, aContinue reading “Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie”

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie


The Body in the Library, Agatha Christie, 1942 My favorite quote: “What I feel is that if one has got to have a murder actually happening in one’s house, one might as well enjoy it, if you know what I mean.” (I’ve always felt exactly the same way. Thank you, Agatha Christie, for making meContinue reading “The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie”

Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie


Cat Among the Pigeons, Agatha Christie, 1959 My favorite quote: “No sign, so far, of anything sinister—but I live in hope.” Ha! I’ve always loved Agatha Christie’s dark sense of humor …  Notable characters: Hercule Poirot, the detective; Inspector Kelsey, and investigating officer; Honoria Bulstrode, headmistress of Meadowbank School for Girls Most memorable scene: WhenContinue reading “Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie”

And The There Were None by Agatha Christie


And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie, 1939 My favorite quote: “Oh, yes. I’ve no doubt in my own mind that we have been invited here by a madman — probably a dangerous homicidal lunatic.” (A dangerous homicidal lunatic YOU created, Agatha Christie!) Notable characters: William Henry Blore, the PI; Isaac Morris, the owner ofContinue reading “And The There Were None by Agatha Christie”