Christie novels


After spending much of 2013 watching oh, so many Agatha Christie adaptations, I decided to put together a list of all her novels and short story collections, and whether and when they have been adapted for film. I’ll attempt to keep this updated as new information comes to mind, particularly since it appears that 2017 will be the start of yet another new era of adaptations for the Queen of Crime. See below:

(list updated – September 2016)

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 1. And Then There Were None (1939)

Ten people are lured to an isolated island and accused, by an unknown voice on a gramophone record, of murder. Then they start dying, one by one by one…

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2. Five Little Pigs  (1942)

Hercule Poirot #23

Poirot reads five different accounts of the same long-forgotten murder, uncovering an intricate crime, and the devastating effect it had on the lives of those involved.

It’s hard work discerning between entrants at the very top of my Christie rankings. Every novel in the Top Ten could conceivably be someone’s favourite. But Five Little Pigs is – for my money – Hercule Poirot’s best outing, and Christie’s most mature novel. (Yes, I know it’s only number two, but we’ll get to that…)

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3. Murder on the Orient Express (1934)

Hercule Poirot #9

The passengers on the Calais Coach wake to find themselves trapped by a snowdrift… and something far worse.

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4. Crooked House (1949)

When his fiancee’s grand-father is murdered, Charles Hayward determines to find out the truth, entering the unnerving, bitterly divided home shared by three generations of an Anglo-Greek family.

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5. A Murder is Announced (1950)

Miss Marple #5

Guests fill an English home when word spreads there will be a murder there. And there is…

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6. Endless Night (1967)

A pair of newlyweds, from vastly different class backgrounds, take up residence at their new estate – only to find that the past is coming back to haunt them…

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