this is my 173rd Friday Forgotten Book review of a forgotten or seldom read book
The first adult mystery I read was by Agatha Christie, a long time ago. I enjoyed it enough to decide to buy as many as I could, and in the mid 1970s a couple of publishers, including Dell, published a full set of the novels and some short story collections, with nice covers and I bought them as fast as my pocket money allowed. I still have them. About that time I spotted this book and thought I should have it, too, so I’d know what order the books were in, have brief plot outlines to help me remember what I’d read and just as a handy reference work.
For some reason lost to current memory, I even bought a second copy, keeping one unread and the other well-thumbed over the years, including a few pencil marks (!) here and there.
Yes, though the plot summaries don’t reveal the killer, they do contain clues and spoilers, so be cautious. That hasn’t bothered me at all over the years, as I use this to see where I am in the series and track what I may have read – or not, there are a few I’ve yet to read.
While this isn’t a book to read right through, reference books like this rarely are. But this is useful, with all her books in chronological order, with both the British titles and the American titles; her collections of short stories and who was the “starring detective”; a brief biography and a list of full length biographies that were available at the time of the writing of the novel. There are other Christie reference books out there, of various sizes and types, but this one is very handy and I’m glad I have it. I think any Christie reader would agree.