Appointment With Agatha: The Agatha Christie Centenary Celebration

This is my master update post for a group project to read all of Agatha Christie’s full-length novels in the order of their publication, beginning in October 2020, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the publication of her first mystery novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced the world to Hercule Poirot and his “little grey cells.”  We are reading one Agatha Christie novel per month, accompanied by a monthly “side read” by another Golden Age mystery author (or group of authors), each representing one of Golden Age mystery fiction’s quintessential themes or settings.


Agatha Christie’s Novels

October 2020: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
November 2020: The Secret Adversary (1922)
December 2020: The Murder on the Links (1923)
January 2021: The Man in the Brown Suit (1924)
February 2021: The Secret of Chimneys (1925)
March 2021: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
April 2021: The Big Four (1927)
May 2021: The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928)
June 2021: The Seven Dials Mystery (1929)
July 2021: The Murder at the Vicarage (1930)
August 2021: The Sittaford Mystery (1931)
September 2021: Peril at End House (1932)
October 2021: Lord Edgware Dies (1933)
November 2021: Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (1934)
December 2021: Murder on the Orient Express (1935)


Agatha Christie’s Short Story Collections

August 2020: Poirot Investigates (1924)
September 2020: The Thirteen Problems (1932)


The Side Reads

August 2020: Annie Haynes: The Secret of Greylands
September 2020: Locked Room Mystery – John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man
October 2020: Locked Room Mystery (redux) – Ellery Queen: The Chinese Orange Mystery
November 2020: Country House Mystery – J. Jefferson Farjeon: Thirteen Guests
December 2020: Christmas Mystery – Georgette Heyer: A Christmas Party
January 2021: Murder by Transport – Martin Edwards (ed.), Various Authors: Blood On The Tracks
February 2021: Political Mystery – Graham Greene: The Third Man
March 2021: English Village Murder – Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors / replaced by: Ellis Peters: Fallen into the Pit
April 2021: Mystery with Thriller / Spy Elements – Patricia Wentworth: The Key
May 2021: Set in France – Georges Simenon: Maigret’s Holiday
June 2021: British Library Crime Classics Rerelease – Ellen Wilkinson: The Division Bell Mystery
July 2021: Second Chance Summer: Pick of the Runner-ups (American) – Patricia Highsmith: Strangers on a Train (skipping)
August 2021: Second Chance Summer: Pick of the Runner-ups (British) – Martin Edwards (ed.), Various Authors: Resorting to Murder
September 2021: School / Academic Setting: John Le Carré: A Murder of Quality
October 2021: A Ngaio Marsh theatre mystery: Enter a Murderer, Final Curtain, Opening Night, Hand in Glove
November 2021: Victim Without Identity
December 2021: Snowy Mystery


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