The Christie Project: Publication Order

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I’ve read most of Christie at this point, although her short stories remain a substantial blind spot. There are also a few full length novels I’ve not yet read. I thought that it could be interesting to go back and try to read them in publication order, including the stories, as best as I can.

I own several omnibus collections: Hercule Poirot, The Complete Short Stories; Miss Marple, The Complete Short Stories; Double Sin and Other Stories, The Harlequin Tea Set, and The Mysterious Mr. Quin. All but the Marple collection identify the date and source of first publication.

My working list is from the official Agatha Christie website. I have recently reread some of the early ones, so if I reread them at all, it will just be to skim. I have bolded the books that I’ve never read.

– the 1920’s –

1920 The Mysterious Affair at Styles
1922 The Secret Adversary
1923 Murder on the Links
1924 The Man in the Brown Suit
1924 Poirot Investigates – (stories):

The Adventure of the ‘Western Star’
The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor
The Adventure of the Cheap Flat
The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge
The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan
The Kidnapped Prime Minister
The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman
The Case of the Missing Will

1925 The Secret of Chimneys
1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
1927 The Big Four
1928 The Mystery of the Blue Train
1929 The Seven Dials Mystery
1929 Partners in Crime (stories)

A Fairy in the Flat
A Pot of Tea
The Affair of the Pink Pearl
The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger
Finessing the King/The Gentleman Dressed in Newspaper
The Case of the Missing Lady
Blindman’s Buff
The Man in the Mist
The Crackler
The Sunningdale Mystery
The House of Lurking Death
The Unbreakable Alibi
The Clergyman’s Daughter/The Red House
The Ambassador’s Boots
The Man Who Was No.16

– The 1930’s –

1930 The Mysterious Mr Quin (stories):

The Coming of Mr Quin
The Shadow on the Glass
At the ‘Bells and Motley’
The Sign in the Sky
The Soul of the Croupier
The Man from the Sea
The Voice in the Dark
The Face of Helen
The Dead Harlequin
The Bird with the Broken Wing
The World’s End
Harlequin’s Lane

1930 The Murder at the Vicarage
1930 Giant’s Bread (written under pseudonym Mary Westmacott)
1931 The Sittaford Mystery (US also as – Murder at Hazelmoor)
1932 Peril at End House
1932 The Thirteen Problems (US also as The Tuesday Club Murder) (stories):

The Tuesday Night Club
The Idol
House of Astarte
Ingots of Gold
The Bloodstained Pavement
Motive v Opportunity
The Thumb Mark of St Peter
The Blue Geranium
The Companion
The Four Suspects
A Christmas Tragedy
The Herb of Death
The Affair at the Bungalow
Death by Drowning

1933 Lord Edgware Dies
1933 The Hound of Death (not US) (stories):

The Hound of Death
The Red Signal
The Fourth Man
The Gipsy
The Lamp Wireless
The Witness for the Prosecution
The Mystery of the Blue Jar
The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Carmichael
The Call of Wings
The Last Séance
S O S

1934 Murder on the Orient Express US also as Murder in the Calais Coach
1934 The Listerdale Mystery (not US)

The Listerdale Mystery
Philomel Cottage
The Girl in the Train
Sing a Song of Sixpence
The Manhood of Edward Robinson
Accident Jane in Search of a Job
A Fruitful Sunday
Mr Eastwood’s Adventure
The Golden Ball
The Rajah’s Emerald
Swan Song

1934 Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (US also as The Boomerang Clue)
1934 Parker Pyne Investigates (US also as Mr Parker Pyne, Detective) (stories)

The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife
The Case of the Discontented Soldier
The Case of the Distressed Lady
The Case of the Discontented Husband
The Case of the City Clerk
The Case of the Rich Woman
Have You Got Everything You Want?
The Gate of Baghdad
The House of Shiraz
The Pearl of Price
Death on the Nile
The Oracle at Delphi

1934 Three-Act Tragedy (US also as Murder in Three Acts)
1934 Unfinished Portrait (written under pseudonym Mary Westmacott)
1935 Death in the Clouds (US also as Death in the Air)
1936 The ABC Murders (US also as The Alphabet Murders)
1936 Murder in Mesopotamia
1936 Cards on the Table
1937 Dumb Witness (US also as Poirot Loses a Clie)nt, Mystery at
Littlegreen House, Murder at Littlegreen House
1937 Death on the Nile
1937 Murder in the Mews (US also as Dead Man’s Mirror)

Murder in the Mews
The Incredible Theft
Dead Man’s Mirror
Triangle at Rhodes

1938 Appointment with Death
1938 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
1939 Easy to Kill (US also as Easy to Kill, Murder is Easy)
1939 And Then There Were None (US also as Ten Little Indians; UK originally Ten Little Niggers)
1939 The Regatta Mystery (not UK) (stories):

The Regatta Mystery
The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Problem at Pollensa Bay
Yellow Iris
Miss Marple Tells a Story
The Dream
In a Glass Darkly
Problem at Sea

-1940’s-

1940 Sad Cypress
1940 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (US also as The Patriotic Murders, An Overdose of Death)
1941 Evil Under the Sun
1941 N or M?
1942 The Body in the Library
1942 Five Little Pigs (US also as Murder in Retrospect)
1942 The Moving Finger (US also as The Case of the Moving Finger)
1944 Towards Zero (US also as Come and Be Hanged)
1944 Death Comes as the End
1944 Absent in the Spring (written under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott)
1945 Sparking Cyanide (US also as Remembered Death)
1946 The Hollow (US also as Murder after Hours)
1945 Come Tell Me How You Live, A Memoir
1947 The Labours of Hercules (stories):

The Nemean Lion
The Lernean Hydra
The Arcadian Deer
The Erymanthian Boar
The Augean Stables
The Stymphalean Birds
The Cretan Bull
The Horses of Diomedes
The Girdle of Hyppolita
The Flock of Geryon
The Apples of the Hesperides
The Capture of Cerberus

1947 The Rose and the Yew Tree (written under pseudonym Mary Westmacott)
1948 Taken at the Flood
1948 Witness for the Prosecution (not UK)

The Witness for the Prosecution
The Red Signal
The Fourth Man
S O S
Where There’s a Will
The Mystery of the Blue Jar
Sing a Song of Sixpence
The Mystery of the Spanish Shawl
Philomel Cottage
Accident
Second Gong

1949 Crooked House

-1950’s-

1950 A Murder is Announced
1950 Three Blind Mice (not UK) (US also as The Mousetrap) (stories):

Three Blind Mice
Strange Jest
Tape-Measure Murder
The Case of the Perfect Maid
The Case of the Caretaker
The Third-Floor Flat
The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
The Love Detectives

1951 They Came to Baghdad
1951 The Under Dog (not UK) (stories):

The Under Dog
The Plymouth Express
The Affair at the Victory Ball
The Market Basing Mystery
The Lemesurier Inheritance
The Cornish Mystery
The King of Clubs
The Submarine Plans
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook

1952 Mrs McGinty’s Dead (US also as Blood Will Tell)
1952 They Do It with Mirrors (US also as Murder with Mirrors)
1952 A Daughter’s A Daughter (written under pseudonym Mary Westmacott)
1953 After the Funeral (US also as Funerals are Fatal)
1953 A Pocket Full of Rye
1954 Destination Unknown (US also as So Many Steps to Death)
1955 Hickory Dickory Dock (US also as Hickory Dickory Death)
1956 Dead Man’s Folly
1956 The Burden (written under pseudonym Mary Westmacott)
1957 4.50 from Paddington (US also as What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw!, Murder She Said)
1958 Ordeal by Innocence
1959 Cat Among the Pigeons

-1960’s-

1960 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (not US) (stories):

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
The Under Dog
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
The Dream
Greenshaw’s Folly
1961 The Pale Horse
1961 Double Sin (not UK) (stories):

Double Sin
Wasps’ Nest
The Theft of the Royal Ruby
The Dressmaker’s Doll
Greenshaw’s Folly
The Double Clue
The Last Séance
Sanctuary

1962 The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side (US also as The Mirror Crack’d)
1963 The Clocks
1964 A Caribbean Mystery
1965 At Bertram’s Hotel
1966 Third Girl
1967 Endless Night
1968 By the Pricking of My Thumbs
1969 Hallowe’en Party

-1970’s-

1970 Passenger to Frankfurt
1971 Nemesis
1971 The Golden Ball (not UK) (stories):

The Listerdale Mystery
The Girl in the Train
The Manhood of Edward Robinson
Jane in Search of a Job
A Fruitful Sunday
The Golden Ball
The Rajah’s Emerald
Swan Song
The Hound of Death
The Gipsy
The Lamp
The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Carmichael
The Call of Wings
Magnolia Blossom
Next to a Dog

1972 Elephants Can Remember
1973 Postern of Fate
1974 Poirot’s Early Cases (US also as Hercule Poirot’s Early Cases):

The Affair of the Victory Ball
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
The Cornish Mystery
The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
The Double Clue
The King of Clubs
The Lemesurier Inheritance
The Lost Mine
The Plymouth Express
The Chocolate Box
The Submarine Plans
The Third-Floor Flat
Double Sin
The Market Basing Mystery
Wasps’ Nest
The Veiled Lady
Problem at Sea
How Does Your Garden Grow?

1975 Curtain
1976 Sleeping Murder
1979 Miss Marple’s Final Cases (not US) (stories):

Sanctuary
Strange Jest
Tape-Measure Murder
The Case of the Caretaker
The Case of the Perfect Maid
Miss Marple Tells a Story
The Dressmaker’s Doll
In A Glass Darkly

1991 Problem at Pollensa Bay (not US) (stories):

Problem at Pollensa Bay
The Second Gong
Yellow Iris
The Harlequin Tea Set
The Regatta Mystery
The Love Detectives
Next to a Dog
Magnolia Blossom

-1990’s-

1997 The Harlequin Tea Set (not UK):

The Edge
The Actress
While the Light Lasts
House of Dreams
The Lonely God
Manx Gold
Within a Wall
The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
The Harlequin Tea Set

1997 While the Light Lasts (not US):
The House of Dreams
The Actress
The Edge
Christmas Adventure
The Lonely God
Manx Gold
Within a Wall
The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest
While the Light Lasts