Yay! An index! My initial Agatha Christie reviews were posted throughout 2011, and – to keep track of my own insanity – outlined below is a linked list.

For now, the novels are in order of my rankings. In the future, if I decide to expand the reviews, or if readers offer preferences, I might re-organise the novels chronologically and/or by detective.

Please visit the introduction, or read more about Dame Agatha.

You can read my reviews of Christie films and TV series by browsing the sidebar, or by visiting here.

Agatha Christie Index

key:

Hercule Poirot

Miss Marple

Tommy and Tuppence

Superintendent Battle [solo]

Colonel Race [solo]

Parker Pyne

Quin and Satterthwaite

Ariadne Oliver [solo]

Other

Unranked

  • Problem at Pollensa Bay, and Other Stories (1991)
  • While the Light Lasts, and Other Stories (1997)
  • The Floating Admiral (1931) – by The Detection Club

Rankings

Day One

#78. Postern of Fate (1973)

#77. Miss Marple’s Final Cases (1979)

#76. Elephants Can Remember (1972)

#75. The Hound of Death (1933)

#74. Nemesis (1971)

#73. The Clocks (1963)

#72. Passenger to Frankfurt (1970)

#71. By The Pricking Of My Thumbs (1971)

Day Two

#70. The Listerdale Mystery (1934)

#69. A Caribbean Mystery (1964)

#68. The Big Four (1927)

#67. Parker Pyne Investigates (1934)

#66. Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)

Day Three

#65. Third Girl (1966)

#64. At Bertram’s Hotel (1965)

#63. They Came to Baghdad (1951)

#62. The Mystery of the Blue Train (1927)

#61. The Seven Dials Mystery (1929)

Day Four

#60. Destination Unknown (1954)

#59. Poirot Investigates (1924)

#58. Taken at the Flood (1948)

#57. N or M? (1941)

#56. The Mysterious Mr. Quin (1930)

Day Five

#55. Murder is Easy (1939)

#54. They Do It With Mirrors (1952)

#53. The Thirteen Problems (1930)

#52. The Secret of Chimneys (1925)

#51. The Body in the Library (1942)

Day Six

#50. Sleeping Murder (1976)

#49. A Pocket Full of Rye (1953)

#48. Sparkling Cyanide (1945)

#47. The Labours of Hercules (1947)

#46. Murder in the Mews (1937)

Day Seven

#45. Hickory Dickory Dock (1955)

#44. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940)

#43. The Man in the Brown Suit (1924)

#42. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960)

#41. Murder in Mesopotamia (1935)

Day Eight

#40. Partners in Crime (1929)

#39. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)

#38. Three Act Tragedy (1934)

#37. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (1942)

#36. Poirot’s Early Cases (1963)

Day Nine

#35. Evil Under the Sun (1940)

#34. Appointment with Death (1938)

#33. Murder on the Links (1923)

#32. Peril at End House (1932)

#31. The Sittaford Mystery (1931)

Day Ten

#30. Lord Edgware Dies (1933)

#29. Dumb Witness (1937)

#28. The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side (1962)

#27. Death on the Nile (1937)

#26. Towards Zero (1944)

Day Eleven

#25. The Murder at the Vicarage (1930)

#24. Death Comes as the End (1945)

#23. The Pale Horse (1961)

#22. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (1933)

#21. The Secret Adversary (1922)

Day Twelve

#20. 4.50 From Paddington (1957)

#19. Ordeal by Innocence (1958)

#18. Sad Cypress (1940)

#17. Dead Man’s Folly (1956)

#16. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case (1975)

Day Thirteen

#15. After the Funeral (1953)

#14. Hallowe’en Party (1969)

#13. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)

#12. The Hollow (1946)

#11. The Moving Finger (1942)

Christie Top Ten:

#10. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938)

#9. The ABC Murders (1936)

#8. Cards on the Table (1936)

#7. Death in the Clouds (1935)

#6. Endless Night (1967)

#5. A Murder is Announced (1950)

#4. Crooked House (1949)

#3. Murder on the Orient Express (1934)

#2. Five Little Pigs (1942)

#1. And Then There Were None 

31 Responses to “Christie Rankings”

    1. Pooja Says:

      Hie. thanx for d reviews. i read dem all. really helpful. btw y isnt murder of roger ackroyd mentioned?

      1. Pooja Says:

        oops made a mistake. its mentioned.

  1. Rich Says:

    Thanks very much for making a very informative list and for the website as a whole.

    Do you plan on ranking the individual short stories at all?

    1. therebelprince Says:

      Hi Rich,
      Thanks for visiting! The only thing that annoys me about the site is that I was reviewing as I went along. In hindsight, I wish I watched EVERYTHING first and then written the reviews, so I could be more well-rounded in the early ones. Still, I guess that’s a catch-up project in a few years…

      As for the short stories, I may just do that at some point. I’ve just finished another rewatch of the short story episodes of “Poirot” so I’m a bit inspired to maybe reread them next year. I think I’ll need to have a bit of a Christie break though, before I can tackle something of that magnitude!

  2. Alex Says:

    Thanks, really enjoyed reading this! Was delighted to see some lesser-known classics high up in your rankings – in particular After the Funeral, the heartbreaking Endless Night and Death in the Clouds.

    A minor objection – I think you should show more love for Taken at the Flood – maybe the mystery isn’t her finest, but it’s one of those where the characters are beautifully drawn.

    It is strange how she clearly enjoyed writing Marples to Poirots, even though the Marples do tend to be much more average… although some are satisfying puzzles, a vaguely inconsequential air still hangs to the lesser Marples, in a way you don’t get with her best novels.

    1. therebelprince Says:

      Oops, I never saw this post! Thanks for your visit! I have to admit, I need to do a good re-read of the Christie canon, and I already suspect that Taken at the Flood will deserve more than I’ve given it.

      Regards the Marple/Poirot dilemma, you make a worthy point, mon ami! I can somewhat understand – as a writer myself, the things I enjoy writing on a casual Sunday are not always the things that best play to my strengths. But one has to wonder, given that many of the Marples do seem awfully dreary at times. As you say, it’s that inconsequential feeling that only creeps in the very, VERY worst of the Poirots. (I re-read Elephants Can Remember very recently. The greatest sin is that Poirot no longer has his voice! He’s just another British gentleman who occasionally says “Bonjour”.)

      I’m glad to see you enjoyed the blog, and I hope to see you back here once we get more Christie back on the small screen!


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  5. Poirot Fan Says:

    An excellent shot at trying to achieve the almost impossible. I am in strong agreement with your rankings; maybe The Body in the Library, Evil under the Sun and Death on the Nile should be better placed, and The Secret Adversary, Hallowe’en Party, and Murder at the Vicarage downgraded.
    The commentaries are most enjoyable as well.

  6. Anny Tjoa Says:

    Hmm you put Death on the Nile so far away even below After the Funeral. I didn’t really enjoy that one.

    1. Anny Tjoa Says:

      I think your post is what makes me picked up Poirot’s Xmas. Quite enjoy that one. I’ve been searching some books in your top 10 list but it’s hard 😦 I want Endless Night, ABC Murders, & A Murder is Announced so bad 😦


  7. Ah, thank you so much for this, it’s perfect. Also, couldn’t agree more, as far as I’ve read, And Then There Were None is an obvious winner!


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  9. Paul Barbeau Says:

    Peril at End house certainly deserves a better ranking than #32! One of the more ingenious and believable twists (they are not always…) . I think it should be more like top 8. Then they were none #1 definitely but ABC Murders should also be a bit higher.

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