Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Top ten Agatha Christie mysteries

John Curran lives in Dublin where he works for Dublin City Council. A lifelong Christie fan, for many years he edited the official Agatha Christie Newsletter. He acted as a consultant to the National Trust during the restoration of Greenway House, Dame Agatha’s Devon home. He is working with her grandson, Mathew Prichard, to establish an Agatha Christie Archive.

Curran's book Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks is now available in the UK.

For the Guardian, he selected a top ten list of Agatha Christie mysteries.

One book on his list:
And Then There Were None (1939)

Ten people are invited to an island for the weekend. Although they all harbour a secret, they remain unsuspecting until they begin to die, one by one, until eventually … there are none. Panic ensues when the diminishing group realises that one of their own number is the killer. A perfect combination of thriller and detective story, this much-copied plot is Christie's greatest technical achievement.
Read about the other nine titles on Curran's list.

Visit John Curran's website and blog.

--Marshal Zeringue