Old Favorites: Agatha Christie

We’re focusing on newer books, movies, and television shows for 2019, but that doesn’t mean we’re entirely ignoring old favorites! After all, what’s that saying–what’s old may just become new again (or something like that)?

Though she’s been dead for over 40 years, Agatha Christie is a perennial favorite with mystery readers. Her mysteries still circulate very well at our library, and I’ve been an avid reader of her work since I was a teenager.

I’ve blogged before about her work that we have at the library–here and here–and even written a guide to how to survive an Agatha Christie novel. 🙂

But since this week also marks the 129th anniversary of her birthday, I thought books that celebrate her life would be the best way to honor her. Because, even beyond her career as a writer, Dame Agatha had a fascinating life. . . .

Agatha Christie’s Memoirs


Of course, one way to learn more about Dame Agatha is just to read what she had to say about her own life.

In her An Autobiography, though, one might be a bit surprised by how much is left unsaid. Her coverage of her own life is sporadic, focusing more on her childhood and her subsequent travels than on her work as a writer or even her unhappy first marriage.

A more focused memoir from her–and one she apparently found happier to write–is Come, Tell Me How You Live, which chronicles the travels she went on with her second husband, an archaeologist. Christie found his work fascinating, and her enthusiasm for their expeditions across the Middle East is infectious.

Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks*

Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks

If you’re more interested in an inside look at Christie’s writing career, her published notebooks is the best way to go. Christie’s entries are undated and occasionally cryptic, but you can go behind-the-scenes to see how she sketched out her intricate plots.

*Ebook also available on Libby.

Agatha Christie Bios


If you’d rather learn more about Christie’s life in its entirety, try one of the biographies we have in the system.

Richard Hack’s Duchess of Death draws extensively on letters and other sources to chronicle Agatha’s life. He also sheds more light on the most mysterious moment in her own life–her eleven-day-long disappearance in 1926 as her first marriage crumbled.

A more off-beat biography is the graphic novel Agatha. Funny and engaging, this book brings Agatha’s personality to life while also incorporating her characters and influences. Not a traditional biography but a very enjoyable one.

Do you like Agatha Christie’s books? Who’s your favorite mystery writer? What’s your favorite mystery series? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog to find more information on any of these items or to place holds.


Author: berryvillelibrary

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