Thursday, September 24, 2015

Favorite Christie Novels: Runners-Up

Here are the eighteen Christie novels in the recent lists compilation I did that didn't make the Top 20, but nevertheless made more than one list:

On Four Lists:
Hickory, Dickory, Dock
Murder Is Easy
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Ordeal by Innocence
Sleeping Murder
Towards Zero

On Three Lists:
Death Comes as the End
Mrs. McGinty's Dead
Peril at End House
Sad Cypress
Murder in Three Acts (Three Act Tragedy)

One Two Lists:
Death in the Clouds

Destination Unknown
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
The Secret Adversary
Sparkling Cyanide
Taken at the Flood

The play The Mousetrap also got multiple mentions, as well as the short story collections The Labours of Hercules and The Mysterious Mr. Quin.

Poirot wasn't quite as dominant here as he was on the Top 20 list, accounting for eight of the titles. Miss Marple accounted for three, Tommy and Tuppence one, and six were non-series.

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The ten Christie titles that received only single mentions on the lists were:

Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
The Secret of Chimneys
Appointment with Death
Murder in Mesopotamia
The Sittaford Mystery
N or M?
A Pocket Full of Rye
A Caribbean Mystery
By the Pricking of My Thumbs
The Pale Horse (that would be my list)

Poirot was only in two of these, Miss Marple two, Tommy and Tuppence two and the remaining four were non-series.

The plays The Patient and The Witness for the Prosecution showed up too.

So, 48 novels were mentioned on at least one list.  That's a bit over two-thirds of her crime novels. Next time I will look at the twenty novels that made nobody's list!


  1. I'm surprised THREE ACT TRAGEDY rated so highly. I've just finished it and I was just a tad disappointed. Although that might be because for once I solved the mystery (I always suspect there's something wrong with a detective story if I'm able to solve the puzzle myself). Plus it needed a lot more Poirot!

    1. Yeah, that's the one with Mr. Satterthwaite form the Harley Quin stories, right? you know the killer has different motives in the English and American versions, very odd.