Ranking Agatha Christie Books

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Books Mentioned:
At Bertram’s Hotel: https://amzn.to/3HHj8MF
Boomerang Clue (also published as Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?): https://amzn.to/3328RLM
Murder at Hazelmoor/ Sittaford Mystery: https://amzn.to/32H5yJQ
Funerals are Fatal/ After the Funeral: https://amzn.to/3JrKp7c
Murder on the Links: https://amzn.to/3qRRzeq
Black Coffee novelization by Charles Osborne: https://amzn.to/31TAXox
Mystery of the Blue Train: https://amzn.to/3lsOe0m
Peril at End House book: https://amzn.to/3lrGzSa
The Man in the Brown Suit: https://amzn.to/3A65nna
Pocketful of Rye: https://amzn.to/3AhQQoH
The Mousetrap Book: https://amzn.to/3CpwB9a
Sad Cypress: https://amzn.to/2ZkwugI
Verdict: https://amzn.to/3uwN5ti
Go back for Murder: https://amzn.to/2YfUjWM
Witness for the Prosecution: https://amzn.to/2YcvnyY
The Regatta Mystery and Other Short Stories- Agatha Christie: https://amzn.to/2YtbvYP
Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie https://amzn.to/38blio8

Book Review: The Boomerang Clue (Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?)

The Boomerang Clue by Agatha Christie

The Boomerang Clue
by Agatha Christie
5 out of 5 stars

(also published as “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?”)
Bobby witnesses the death of an unknown man, and hears his last words, “Why didn’t they ask Evans?” Bobby thinks nothing of it, until he is poisoned days later. The words must have some meaning. Why else would someone try to kill him? His childhood friend, Lady Francis, is intrigued by the mystery, and agrees to help Bobby track down those involved in the stranger’s death. They are surrounded by suspicious characters and possible enemies. Just when Bobby and ‘Frankie’ think they know who to trust, they are betrayed by the last person they suspected, and their lives are in danger every minute.

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Book Review: At Bertram’s Hotel

At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie

At Bertram’s Hotel
by Agatha Christie
4 out of 5 stars

Miss Marple goes on a holiday to London and stays at the highly respectable Bertram’s Hotel. She begins to notice little ordinary things that aren’t quite right around the hotel, which become helpful to the police when they investigate the disappearance of an elderly clergyman.

We follow a lot of different characters, but we don’t see Miss Marple very much. She’s only in a few scenes, and she does very little to actually solve the mystery, but she does provide the final clue for the police to resolve their investigation. I wish she were a more prominent part of the plot, and I wish she took more action.

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Book Review: Murder at Hazelmoor

Murder at Hazelmoor by Agatha Christie

Murder at Hazelmoor
by Agatha Christie
3 out of 5 stars

Major Burnaby takes part in a séance, even though he doesn’t believe in such foolishness. But when a supposed “spirit from the beyond” tells the group that the Major’s best friend has been murdered, Major Burnaby decides to trek through the snow to check on his friend. He discovers the body, brutally murdered.
When her fiancé is accused of the murder, Emily Trefusis sets out to assist the police in tracking down the true killer.

I guessed the solution of who the real murderer was at about page 65. The mystery was sort of obvious. However, that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book! There were a couple of other little minor mysteries that were fun, and I loved all the character studies. I was a little bored by the red herrings though. They all seemed to lead nowhere, and they were full of coincidences.

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Book Review: Funerals are Fatal / After the Funeral

After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

After the Funeral (Hercule Poirot, #33)
by Agatha Christie
4 out of 5 stars

(Also published as “Funerals are Fatal”)
Strange old Aunt Cora shocks everyone at her brother’s funeral when she lets it slip that she thinks he must have been murdered. The family tries to hush it up, but when Cora herself is murdered the very next day, only Hercule Poirot can unravel the clues that led to her death. Did she know too much? As Poirot investigates, one person is nearly poisoned, and another is “coshed” on the head. Can Poirot catch the murderer before more people are attacked?

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Book Review: Murder on the Links

The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

The Murder on the Links
by Agatha Christie
5 out of 5 stars

Hercule Poirot and his friend, Captain Hastings, have been called to a small village in France, where a millionaire is in fear for his life. But when Poirot arrives, the man has already been murdered. The body was discovered nearby on a golf course, and a myriad of conflicting clues surround the murder.

I loved this mystery! All the clues and red herrings kept me guessing and wondering, and it was amazing to see the methodical way in which Poirot sifts through the evidence to find the truth.

When I read the final reveal of who the murderer was, I literally yelled out, “WHAT?!?!” I was completely surprised and amazed, but once I read the explanation, I realized that it made perfect sense. I love being surprised at the end of a Christie novel!

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Book Review: Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch

Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch by Nancy Atherton

Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch (Aunt Dimity Mystery, #17)
by Nancy Atherton
5 out of 5 stars

Lori’s new neighbor, Amelia, is hiding her identity from her crazed art fans, and searching for historical documents about the fate of a witch who lived in their village in the 17th century. Lori will have to go snooping through the church graveyard and into her neighbor’s old stone cottages to find the clues. But is there another clue, an affair of the heart, that Lori is missing?

I loved this book so much! This is definitely one of the best books in the series! I especially loved the history that is unfolded in this plot, and we get to learn more about the little village of Finch. I really enjoyed the puzzle aspects of the story!

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Book Review: Go Back for Murder

Go Back for Murder by Agatha Christie

Go Back for Murder
by Agatha Christie
5 out of 5 stars

Carla has just come of age, and is told of the true dark past of her family. Her mother was convicted of poisoning her father and died in prison when Carla was only five years old. But before she died, Carla’s mother wrote a letter to her daughter, to be opened on her 21st birthday, explaining that she was innocent and had not poisoned her husband. Now Carla is interviewing all the people who were present when her father was poisoned, trying to find out the truth. Who really poisoned her father, and why did her mother seem content to take the blame?

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Book Review: Verdict

Verdict by Agatha Christie

Verdict
by Agatha Christie
3 out of 5 stars

Professor Hendryk’s wife is an invalid. Mrs. Hendryk’s cousin, Lisa, lives with the family as a companion and nurse for her. When Mrs. Hendryk is found dead, poisoned by an overdose of her heart medicine, Lisa comes under suspicion. Professor Hendryk’s own ideals of morality and mercy will get him into trouble, since he refuses to report something he knows about the murder.

I don’t think this can really be called a mystery, since the audience knows from the beginning who the murderer is because the murder happens onstage in full view, and then the murderer confesses to another character, so most of the characters also know who the murderer is. The only people who don’t know are the police.

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