Dectective Series Order Question
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Having said that, I'm reading Agatha Christie An Autobiography now (on page 385 of 519 and LOVING it) and am playing with the idea of reading ALL her books (again for all and multiple times for some) in chronological order of when they were published. Just a thought.
I like the idea of reading all of the books in order, but my preference would be to read them in the order in which they were written, rather than the order in which they were published, since Curtain and Sleeping Murder were written earlier and deliberately published much later.
Oooh! Thanks for that. I'll make a note of it on my Poirot reading list.
Anyway, it also lists all of her books in Chronological Order by her Detectives too. You might be able to find a copy of the book in your local Library or a Used Book Store. No Christie fan should be without a copy of this book. I haven't decided yet if I will go back and rearrange the books in Chronological Order starting with the first Christie I own. Normally I am the type of person who files all of their books alphabetically by Author's last name then alphabetical by title of the book unless it's a Series like Harry Potter, The Dark Tower, Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, Tales Of The New Vampires,or the C.S. Lewis Narnia Series, Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, etc. I just prefer to have everything nice and neat in alphabetical order as a rule.
>10 beatles1964: Another good reference book re publication dates/series order/book synopsis is The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie. It also lists the various plays she authored. BTW: Does anyone know if her plays---besides the Mousetrap---are available in book format?
I also have the BB&A Companion to Agatha Christie, but darn! Everything's at home and I'm here at work.
I'll try to check tonight between watching Wimbledon and playing piano.
I've put her books in publication order on my shelves recently and have re-read The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Secret Adversary. I plan on re-reading them all again. I'm looking forward to it. I agree with your comment about the timelessness of her works. They are dated in some superficial things but not the important themes and behaviors of people.
The Mousetrap and other plays contains several of her plays. I think it has: The Mousetrap (of course), And Then There Were None (aka Ten Little Indians), Verdict, Appointment with Death, Witness for the Prosecution, as well as several more that I can't remember off hand. As I recall, all but one were adaptations of her novels.
When I pulled my copy of The Unexpected Guest to check it out, I found an essay in the back, written by Charles Osborne. He has adapted 3 of her books as plays according to wikipedia:
Plays adapted into novels by Charles Osborne
1998 Black Coffee
1999 The Unexpected Guest
2000 Spider's Web
He refers to something called Fiddler's Three that isn't in the BB&A.
I don't know if any others have been published.