This review is part of my blogtober celebration, my month-long blog party about all things creepy and Halloween-y! Don't forget I've got a ton of giveaways going on!
For as long as I can remember, I've had an undying love for the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie. So much so, that when I was a senior in high school and we had to do big compilation projects on a classic British writer, when most people snagged up Austen or Marlowe, I jumped on the Christie train. I had Masterpiece marathons on PBS and checked out about 10 of her books from the library.
So today, I'm going to talk about my favorite creepy classics author & some of my favorite works!
Murder on the Orient Express
Though Miss Marple was my favorite leading detective, I absolutely loved this classic murder mystery. Hercule Poirot (I'm still not sure how to pronounce his name, and I've struggled with this for years) is the Belgian detective who gets a telegram (!!!) to return to London instantly, so he books a ticket that night. The train gets stopped by snow, and then all kinds of chaos (including spoiler, a MURDER!) happens that Poirot sets out to investigate.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT:
This is the epitome of classic murder mystery, and the reason I love it so much is that it all takes place in one setting and one time; the entire story happens on the train. It's full of suspense and super classic "gotcha!" stuff.
The ABC Murders
This is another Poirot mystery, but this was, hands-down, my favorite when I was binge-reading all the Christie books. Poirot receives letters, each signed "ABC" with locations and dates of the next murder that will occur. The murders also happen alphabetically to people with alliterative names, Alice Ascher being the first victim. Poirot begins discovering connections when he speaks with a victim's widow, and it's a race against the clock to make sure he can stop the murders before the killer strikes again and lives up to his letters.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT:
This one is very Criminal Minds-esque. It's a puzzle book, and you can't help but try and solve the murder before the characters in the book do. It's fun watching the clues unfold, and if you like a super suspenseful story you'll want to finish in one sitting, this one is it.
What's your favorite Agatha Christie book? Or are you new? Do these sound like ones you'd want to start with?