"Instinct is a marvellous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored." - The Mysterious Affair at Styles
I am super excited for this year's #readchristie2024 challenge. 2023 was a great opportunity to explore the psychology of Christie's books, through methods and motives. This year, we'll explore Christie's work in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s-50s, and 1960s-70s.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
The Secret Adversary
The Mystery of the Blue Train
The Murder at the Vicarage
The ABC Murders
And Then There Were None
Taken at the Flood
A Murder is Announced
Ordeal by Innocence
A Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
Elephants Can Remember
Of course, the above are just the official picks for each month. Agatha Christie Ltd will provide a full list of alternative reads if you fancy something different.
Join me each month as I share my thoughts on each book for #readchristie2024
Full information on how to participate can be found on the official Agatha Christie Ltd website and via their socials.
Exciting Christie News
Murder is Easy - TV Adaptation
A BBC adaptation of Christie's Murder is Easy aired on the 27th of December 2023! It's based on the 1939 mystery. It may be worth saving the book for April, May or June #readchristie2024
Source: Agatha Christie Ltd - https://www.agathachristie.com/film-and-tv/murder-is-easy
And Then There Were None - UK Theatre Adaptation
I have my tickets booked and ready for April! I am so excited to see this. And then There Were None is probably one of my favourite standalone Christie books. This will be the second play by Christie I'll see; I saw The Mousetrap earlier this year. After this, I need to try to get tickets to see A Witness for the Prosecution.
Source: Agatha Christie Ltd - https://www.agathachristie.com/en/theatre/and-then-there-were-none
I will leave the theatre tour dates below!
Alternative Picks: The Mysterious Affair at Styles & Murder on the Links
The first three months of this reading challenge will focus on the books published in the 1920s. I decided not to go for the official pick this month, mainly because I only read Poirot Investigates once, so I felt a reread was necessary. This collection of short stories really illustrates Christie's genius through a variety of different puzzles. For me, I mostly enjoyed reading the dynamic between Poirot and Captain Hastings. There were times when you'd feel a bit sorry for Hastings because of how obtuse Poirot could be. I think if they weren't best pals, Hastings wouldn't have the patience for Poirot's "little grey cells."
I had only realised when I finished this book that it was published in 1924 - exactly one hundred years ago. I wonder if Agatha Christie had any idea that people would still be reading her stories a century onwards.
I think Poirot Investigates is a great book to introduce yourself to the world of Hercule Poirot. Although he can be a bit of a difficult one (for the other characters), you cannot help but soften towards him.
"With method and logic one can accomplish anything."
From disappearing prime ministers to stolen jewels, there is only one person who can solve the case - Hercule Poirot...with Captain Hastings of course!