Celebrating Mystery: 10 Must-Read Books by Agatha Christie
Who doesn't love a good mystery novel? I know that I do! It's been one of my favorite literary genres for as long as I can remember- and I probably started reading them well before I had the proper age to do so. There was something thrilling and exciting about them and the questions they posed: who did it, and why, and how did they do it.
Isn't Agatha Christie one of the names that come to mind when you think of murder, hidden bodies, smoking guns, and clever detectives? Isn't Hercule Poirot synonym for all things that have to do with unravelling the stories behind unnatural deaths trying to pose as natural?
My mom bought me my first novel by Agatha Christie when I was 10 years old. She had told me about her, the woman that wrote stories where the culprit usually was the character you least expected to be guilty of anything. Like the smiling butler or the very polite maid, the foreign daughter in law or the grieving widow. For the past fifteen years, I've left Mrs. Christie take me with her in a number of adventures that have both surprised me and rendered me speechless. Her writing and plots are always clever and interesting, and her style and wit are to match!
The following is a list of the cases written by Mrs. Christie that have impacted me the most. Some I've read when I was 10, others during my secondary school years, and others I've come across now that I am a little bit older. Every time I revisit their pages, I remember why I fell in love with mystery novels in the first place and why I think this is a genre worth celebrating.
So if you're looking to immerse yourself in a narrative that is both complex and compelling and always leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat, wanting more, these books are a great place to start.