Agatha Christie Books In Order

Publication Order of Hercule Poirot Books

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Murder on the Links (1923) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Big Four (1927) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peril at End House (1932) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lord Edgware Dies (1933) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder on the Orient Express (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Act Tragedy (1935) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in the Clouds (1935) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The A.B.C. Murders (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Mesopotamia (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cards on the Table (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dumb Witness (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Nile (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Appointment with Death (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Evil Under the Sun (1941) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Five Little Pigs (1942) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hollow (1946) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Taken at the Flood (1948) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mrs. McGinty's Dead (1952) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After the Funeral (1953) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hickory Dickory Dock (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Man's Folly (1956) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cat Among the Pigeons (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clocks (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Third Girl (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hallowe'en Party (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elephants Can Remember (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Curtain (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Monogram Murders (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hercule Poirot Collections

Poirot Investigates (1924) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Mews (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Labours of Hercules (1947) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poirot's Early Cases (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Miss Marple Books

The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Body in the Library (1942) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Moving Finger (1942) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Murder is Announced (1950) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
They Do It with Mirrors (1952) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Pocket Full of Rye (1953) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
4:50 From Paddington (1957) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mirror Crack'd (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Caribbean Mystery (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At Bertram's Hotel (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nemesis (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleeping Murder (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Miss Marple Collections

The Thirteen Problems (1932) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miss Marple's Final Cases (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tommy and Tuppence Books

The Secret Adversary (1922) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
N or M? (1941) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Postern of Fate (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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Partners in Crime (1929) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Superintendent Battle Books

The Secret of Chimneys (1925) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seven Dials Mystery (1929) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cards on the Table (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder is Easy (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Towards Zero (1944) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Man in the Brown Suit (1924) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Giant's Bread (1930) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sittaford Mystery (1931) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unfinished Portrait (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And Then There Were None (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sad Cypress (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Absent in the Spring (1944) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Comes as the End (1944) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sparkling Cyanide (1945) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rose and the Yew Tree (1948) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crooked House (1949) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
They Came to Baghdad (1951) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Daughter's a Daughter (1952) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Destination Unknown (1954) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burden (1956) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ordeal by Innocence (1958) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pale Horse (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Endless Night (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Passenger to Frankfurt (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Mysterious Mr. Quin (1930) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hound of Death (1933) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Listerdale Mystery (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Parker Pyne Investigates (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Regetta Mystery and Other Stories (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (1948) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (1950) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Under Dog and Other Stories (1951) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double Sin and Other Stories (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Over Bethlehem and Other Stories (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Ball and Other Stories (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Harlequin Tea Set (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
While the Light Lasts and Other Stories (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Come, Tell Me How You Live (1946) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Agatha Christie: An Autobiography (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Agatha Christie:

Agatha Christie was born in Ashfield. Agatha grew up in the town of Torquay in southwest England. She taught herself how to read at five years old even though her mother didn’t want her to do so until she was eight. She was home-schooled, which was a lot more uncommon at the turn of the 20th century than it is now. Her father was her primary teacher, but her mother was a storyteller—and gave strong encouragement for Agatha to write. Although she became a prolific writer, she claimed she really did not have much in the way of lessons other than arithmetic.

Although she did not have the social experience of public school, she studied dance and piano as a teenager. She was too shy to perform. Her first published writing happened when she was 11. It was a poem about electric trams. She was very clever at inventing ways to keep occupied. She has been quoted as saying, “There is nothing like boredom to inspire you to write.” She had written a number of short stories by the time she was 17.

In 1910, at 20, Christie spent winter months in Egypt with her mother. Her time there influenced the rest of her life. In 1914, she married Archibald Christie, who was a Lt. Colnel. Archibald returned to military service right after their marriage, and Agatha was later to say that she felt her married life really began in 1918—when her husband was stationed in London.

She began writing detective fiction while working as a nurse during World War 1. The confusion and sadness of the patients she tended affected her deeply, and her knowledge of poison and drugs is seen again and again in her novels. During quiet periods at the hospital, she started writing in response to her sister’s statement of long past that she could not write a detective story.

The author’s mother died in 1926, not long before Archibald left Agatha for another woman. He was in Spain when her mother died and seemed completely indifferent to her feelings and grief. He told her of his affair and love for Nancy Neel (an acquaintance) immediately upon returning from Spain. The couple seemed to overcome this and try to stay together. They moved to Styles. But after a few months, she left her house and disappeared after a huge fight. There was an extensive search, with some thinking she was dead and others speculating she was alive. When it was discovered she was indeed alive, there was speculation that she did it to either spite her husband or gain publicity for her latest novel. This episode of Agatha’s life is perhaps the most talked about and less known.

She later married Max Mallowan, an archeologist. They spent over a decade in Assyria, at an archeological dig. They travelled back to England at least once a year. Mallowan and Christie bought several homes and lived in several flats over the years. Their final home was a large Georgian house near Torquay, not far from Agatha’s childhood home. In 1936, Mallowan was part of an expedition which dug up seventy cuneiform tablets. The couple traveled back and forth between England and the Middle East quite extensively.

Agatha returned to serving as a nurse during World War II. Her one child, Rosalind, was named after a female hero from a Shakespeare play. Rosalind had a significant share in Agatha’s company that controlled the rights to her works.

In 1954, Christie had three plays she had written running at the same time. Her novels and her plays did so well that she had to form a company to avoid excessive taxation. Her most famous play was The Mousetrap. She said she had more fun writing plays than writing books.

Christie wrote so many novels some say she lost count. She was named a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. There is speculation that Agatha suffered from dementia in her later years even though she kept writing. Changes in the vocabulary and dialog of her later novels have been said by some to support this theory. There is an increasing preoccupation with older people in her writing, especially the novels Elephants Can Remember, and Postern of Fate.

She died in 1976. She spend much of her life avoiding the public, according to some because of the way the press found her and wrote about her when she was “hiding” after leaving her first husband—an incident she never spoke of or wrote about. She had her way and wrote her life story herself. She began writing her life story in 1950 and finished it in 1965. Her autobiography was published in 1977.


Her first novel was published in 1920, but it wasn’t until 1926 when her novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, gained recognition that her novels hit the best-selling lists. After this novel, 75 subsequent novels hit the best-seller lists in England and the United States. It featured perhaps her best-known character, Hercule Poirot. He was a Belgian detective in many of her books.

Poirot was described by the author as “a small man, muffled up to the ears of whom nothing was visible but a pink-tipped nose and the two points of an upward-curled mustache.” His detection methods spring from his ability to get people to talk and inventing fictitious backgrounds for himself in order to make this happen. This character was so popular, and some say so well written, that he is mentioned in textbooks that teach crime scene analysis.

Another character Christie used in novels was Miss Jane Marple. Like Poirot, this character has had significant impact. She is considered the source of what is termed, “The Spinster Detective.” The nice little old lady who is cunning and intelligent—who makes sense of crimes by comparing them to events in normal life.

Of her novels that were made into films, two stand out: Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile. The latter was even made into a video game. Murder on the Orient Express is perhaps her most famous piece. It has been a novel, a play, a movie, a TV movie, and a radio show.

In addition to her detective stories, Christie is the author of many poems, and some romances. Absent in the Spring, for example, was published in 1944 under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott.

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  • Pat

    in ‘About Agatha Christie:

    Agatha Christie was born in Ashfield. Agatha grew up in the town of Torquary’, change ‘Torquary’ to ‘Torquay’.

  • hilarylawley

    I am sorting out all our Agatha Christie books and i have used your list to go by. At the end i have one book left which i cannot find listed on your site. It is Ten Little Niggers. Can you tell me why it isn’t listed please?

    • Mariah Wolfel

      It was retitled And Then There Were None. It’s listed under Standalone Novels. It was published in 1939. Here is more info (although don’t read too much if you don’t want spoilers):

      • hilarylawley

        Thank you

  • laly003

    Can you tell me why Black Coffee (1930) is not listed?

    • Charlotte Ang

      I realised it too, maybe they forgot to put it in?

    • Chaserville2009

      Probably because it was finished by another writer.

  • Charlotte Ang

    Anyone read the Sherlock Holmes series? I may want to start reading on those

    • Chari Carico

      I recently read the first Sherlock Holmes book, A Study in Scarlet, and was really surprised at how different it was than any of the TV shows that are supposed to be based on it. Some of the ideas were the same, but executed in much different ways. I enjoyed both the book and the Cumberbatch version of it quite a bit, but I think I liked the book much better. Of course, that could be because it’s the book actually written by Arthur Conan Doyle so that may play into my preference. I really enjoyed the history of it, and was surprised by the motivation behind the killing ( I won’t give it away but nothing at all like the TV version). I am getting ready to start the second book, The Sign of Four, and am very excited about it.

  • Chaserville2009

    This is very helpful, but I was looking for a list not divided by main characters. Is that somewhere on the site? Thank you.

  • Mary Riversong

    “In 1936, Mallowan was part of an expedition witch dug up seventy cuneiform tablets.” Please change the word “witch” to which. Thank you. A very nice article.

    • Graeme

      Thanks – fixed!