|Agatha Christie in the library of her Devon home, 1946|
GUEST BLOG / Astute analysis by esteemed mystery writer Sophie Hannah--I like to approach the choice of favorite Agatha Christie novels (a question I’m asked rather a lot) in the same way that I approach any search for a new home.
Some people, if they want to buy a house, start out with a list of requirements that they then stick to no matter what: detached, four bedrooms, large garden, etc. I used to make this kind of list too — only to find myself ignoring it completely when I fell in love with something that was the exact opposite of what I thought I wanted.
That’s exactly how I approach the choice of my favorite Christie novels. Best of type — it’s so much easier to get clear than ‘overall favorite’ or ‘overall best’.
So, here are my favorite ‘Best of Type’ Agatha Christie novels:
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Source: The Strand Magazine, 2020.