The Christie Completists

I’ve read a lot of Agatha Christie, but I’ve never read all of her books in order. What insights are there to be had by doing so? Christie completists Catherine Brobeck and Kemper Donovan of the All About Agatha podcast join me to talk about the Queen of Crime’s clever way with characters, the “stuck in its time” elements of some of her plots, and how they rank her novels from best to worst.

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No major spoilers in this episode. However, there is some mention or discussion of the books listed below.

Books and sources:
Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie
Halloween Party by Agatha Christie
An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie
Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie
Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
The Hollow by Agatha Christie
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
Endless Night by Agatha Christie
They Came To Baghdad by Agatha Christie
Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

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