Arguably the best-known mystery novelist of her time, Agatha Christie has written her way into the hearts (and sleepless nights!) of many of her readers over the past hundred years. Movies, shows, and other pop culture references have been made not only about her stories, but about her life.
She was even made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 1971. Ultra-popular, she will always live on thanks to the quality of her work
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
In this war-time 1940 mystery novel, Hercule Poirot stars as the oft-used Belgian detective solving murders and mysteries.
The book starts off with Poirot confronted with the death of his dentist due to a fatal gunshot wound. The reader would be forgiven for thinking that perhaps the dentist had tried talking to the murderer one too many times while he had tools in the patients mouth, or that he chastized the murderer for not taking seriously the benefits of flossing.
That isn’t actually the case, of course, so the detectives must set about figuring out what actually happened. It is apparent suicide at first, but that quickly changes when Poirot discovers some crooked details that throws the case into something worthy of a Christie novel.
Eventually, though Poirot sympathizes with the killer in some sense, he turns him over in the defense of every man’s right not to have his life taken from him by another man.
And Then There Were None
One does not become the Guinness World Book of Records best-selling author of all time without having a most famous, well-loved, and highly-published book.
And Then There Were None is not the original name of the work. It has gone through various renditions in the UK and the US, but was finally settled. The original, though understandable for the time period, would be potentially offensive to some people today who do not take the time to understand the history and differences of decades past.
Full of death and mystery, it was originally published as a serial in the newspaper in the US, which at least one commentator thought suited the work better than in novel form. The reason being, is that there were so many murders, one might find it monotonous reading them one after another without the break that came between paper editions.
The story has been turned into plays, movies, television shows, radio plays, and even computer games.
The Labours of Hercules
A collection of short stories, particularly good was “The Cretan Bull”.
Poirot once again stars in this short tale of mystery and intrigue. The plot twists on a seemingly simple errand, to get a tooth brush (because even famous story characters need to keep their teeth clean). It turns out that something happens where a hallucination turns terrible, with one of the main characters ending up killing a rabbit, with further plans to kill himself to save himself and the others from his mad delusions and lapses into insanity.
A Literary Genius
It is hardly arguable that Agatha Christie is one of the best authors of the past century, if not ever. Her works are influential, live on decades after they were published, and show no signs of slowing down.