Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Results: Favorite Agatha Christie Novels

The results of 31 favorite Christie lists are in (including the list Christie herself once made) and the final results are posted below.  How close are these to the World's Favorite Christie list?  Pretty close, it turns out!

Top 11 Favorite Christie Novels According to the Passing Tramp's Compilation of Lists (ranked in order of popularity, ties included; the number of lists that each Christie novel appeared on follows in parenthesis):

1. And Then There Were None (24)
2. Murder on the Orient Express (23)
3. Death on the Nile (21)
4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (18)
5. Five Little Pigs (15)
6. A Murder Is Announced (14)
7.-8. TIE Evil under the Sun and The Hollow (10)
9. Curtain (9)
10.-11. Crooked House and The Moving Finger (8)

The next 9, making the top 20, are as follows:

12.-14. TIE The ABC Murders, The Body in the Library and Endless Night (7)
15.-18. TIE After the Funeral, Cards on the Table, 4.50 from Paddington and Hercule Poirot's Christmas (6)
19.-20. TIE The Murder at the Vicarage and The Mysterious Affair at Styles (5)

12 Poirot novels, 5 Marples and 3 non-series.  Tut-tut, Tommy and Tuppence, better luck next time! As a reminder, here's the World's Favorite Christie Top Ten:

1. And Then There Were None (21%) 
2. Murder on the Orient Express (16%) 
3. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (8%)
4. Death on the Nile
5. The ABC Murders 
6. A Murder Is Announced
7. 4.50 from Paddington
8. Evil under the Sun
9. Five Little Pigs
10. Curtain


  1. Interesting. Some of my favorites made the list, some didn't. Which goes to show that no list is perfect. :) I was happy to see THE ABC MURDERS, A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS on the final list, also 4:50 FROM PADDINGTON which are four of my special faves. Can't complain.

    1. I didn't get a list from you, did I Yvette? You might have broken some ties!

      29 lists, and I was the only person who picked The Pale Horse. I was riding the pale horse all alone! I might post the runners-up sometime.

    2. (two years later)....
      just to say that I really love "The Pale Horse". "The Hollow", "4:50 from Paddington", "Cards on the Table" and "Sad Cypress" are also among my favorites.

    3. All good choices! The Pale Horse is a personal favorite of mine that didn't make the list above.