1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Hercule Poirot Mystery
When an aging heiress is found fatally poisoned, the amazing Hercule Poirot, brilliant Belgian criminal investigator, is brought out of retirement to solve the case. In this classic tale of murder, jealousy, and greed, Agatha Christie introduced the famed sleuth, who is immediately confronted by mysteries within a mystery: a door bolted from the inside of the victim’s room; the disappearance of a coffee cup believed to have held the poison; the charred remains of a will, a strange fragment of fabric, and a curious rug stain found near the body.
All are puzzling pieces of evidence in a crime for which there is no shortage of suspects, not the least of which are the victim’s philandering husband, an assortment of unhappy relatives, and an extremely outspoken hired companion.
A perennial favorite with mystery fans since it was first published in 1921, this entertaining and tautly constructed murder mystery easily placed its author among the most accomplished and entertaining writers in the genre.
2. The Murder on the Links – Hercule Poirot Mystery
An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son’s overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.
3. Poirot Investigates – Hercule Poirot Mystery
The very first collection of superb short stories featuring Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings. First there was the mystery of the film star and the diamond. Then came the ‘suicide’ that was murder, the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat, a suspicious death in a locked gun-room, a million dollar bond robbery, the curse of a pharoah’s tomb, a jewel robbery by the sea, the abduction of a Prime Minister, the disappearance of a banker, a phone call from a dying man and, finally, the mystery of the missing will. What links these fascinating cases? Only the brilliant deductive powers of Hercule Poirot!
4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Hercule Poirot Mystery
Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish the letter, he was stabbed to death. Who killed him? Find out in this fourth installment of Hercule Poirot investigatives.
5. The Secret Adversary – Tommy and Tuppence Mystery
The Great War is over, and jobs are scarce. Childhood friends Tommy Beresford and Prudence “Tuppence” Cowley meet and agree to start their own business as The Young Adventurers. They are hired for a job that leads them both to many dangerous situations, meeting allies as well, including an American millionaire in search of his cousin. The book introduces the characters of Tommy and Tuppence who feature in three other Christie novels and one collection of short stories; the five Tommy and Tuppence books span Agatha Christie’s writing career.
6. The Man in the Brown Suit – Colonel Race Collection
Newly-orphaned Anne Beddingfield is a lovely English girl hoping for a bit of adventure in London. But she struggles upon more than she bargained for! Anne is on the platform at Hyde Park Corner tube station when a man falls onto the live track, dying instantly. A doctor examines the man, pronounces him dead, and leaves, dropping a note on his way. Anne picks up the note, which reads “17.1 22 Kilmorden Castle”. The next day the newspapers declare that a gorgeous ballet dancer has been discovered dead there brutally strangled.
A tremendous fortune in diamonds has disappeared. And now, aboard the extravagance liner Kilmorden Castle, spooky strangers loot her cabin and try to choke her. What are they looking for? Why should they want her dead? Lovely Anne is the last person on earth suited to solve this mystery… and the only one who can! Anne’s journey to untwist the mystery takes her as far afield as Africa and the strain mounts with every step… And Anne finds herself toiling to unmask a faceless assassin known only as ‘The Colonel.’