Agatha Christie fans

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    Oct 30, 2012 11:44 AM GMT
    In the "5 books on a desert island" thread, several guys listed an Agatha Christie book as one of their choices. Fans, which are your top 3-5 AC murder mysteries?

    For me --

    Murder on the Orient Express

    And Then There Were None

    Murder of Roger Ackroyd

    Crooked House

    Death Comes As the End

    (Yeah, no Miss Marple. Sorry!!)
  • alphatop

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    Oct 30, 2012 2:13 PM GMT
    "Curtain - Poirot's last case". Absolutely genius, and I've read everything from her. Second best would be "10 little niggers".
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    Oct 30, 2012 2:59 PM GMT
    I think in the U.S. the book 10 Little N***** was titled And Then There Were None. All the people on the island, each one accused of a murder but never charged and tried?
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    Oct 30, 2012 3:59 PM GMT
    All I want to read is Twilight, lol.
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    Oct 30, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    And then there were none...was originally ten little n**** then it was ten little Indians. The title was changed twice.

    My five are:
    Murder on the orient express
    Death on the Nile
    And then there were none
    Curtain (I cried)
    Murder of rodger ackrod (I knew the killer from the start and am proud of that lol)
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    Oct 30, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidI used to like her. I read all her books when I was a kid. Then I found out what an anti-Semitic piece of trash she was.
    she was anti-Semitic? Never knew that, wow. I mean there is a lot of racism in her books
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    Oct 30, 2012 6:54 PM GMT
    mileshelvetica said I think in the U.S. the book 10 Little N***** was titled And Then There Were None. All the people on the island, each one accused of a murder but never charged and tried?


    Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the original title was based on those really horrible Reconstruction Era political cartoons that showed little black kids being eaten by alligators and such.

    Yikes.
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    Oct 30, 2012 7:05 PM GMT
    And Then There Were None (aka Ten Little Niggers, aka Ten Little Indians) --actually one of my favourite books, full stop.

    Peril at End House

    The Hollow

    The Mirror Crack'd

    Death on the Nile (and that was probably my favourite Christie movie, too)

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    Oct 30, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    Elusium said
    mileshelvetica said I think in the U.S. the book 10 Little N***** was titled And Then There Were None. All the people on the island, each one accused of a murder but never charged and tried?


    Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the original title was based on those really horrible Reconstruction Era political cartoons that showed little black kids being eaten by alligators and such.

    Yikes.


    Not really based on a cartoon, but it was based on/inspired by a real Victorian nursery rhyme, originally called Ten Little Injuns, from about 1868. When set to music it was changed to "Ten Little Niggers." At some point it was changed back to "Indians" or sometimes "soldiers."
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    Oct 30, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
    And Then There Were None

    Murder on the Orient Express

    A Caribbean Mystery

    Evil Under the Sun

    The A.B.C. Murders
  • mattnz

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    Oct 30, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    I'm about halfway through "Endless Night".
    Totally addicted to the Piorot series with David Suchet! Back home it was a Sunday night tradition to watch it. Lucky now to have it on Netflix.
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    Oct 30, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    Ten Little Niggers

    Curtain

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Cards on the Table

    Appointment with Death

    I dislike Marple.

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    Oct 30, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    RadRTT said
    Aristoshark saidI used to like her. I read all her books when I was a kid. Then I found out what an anti-Semitic piece of trash she was.
    she was anti-Semitic? Never knew that, wow. I mean there is a lot of racism in her books


    Is it possible, do you think, to separate the views of the author from the merit of the work?

    The 1930s were anti-Semitic times, alas and the consequences were horrific.

    But maybe we can enjoy the books and disapprove of the anti-semitism in the few places it arises?

    (I have to do the same with Raymond chandler and homophobia)
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    Oct 31, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    To continue -- the movie version of one of her books I like best is Murder on the Orient Express with Albert Finney (as Poirot), Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, etc. Loved the 1940 style opening credits, the way the Armstrong murder was presented in the opening segment, and I thought Finney was fantastic as Porrot.

    Although I generally like David Suchet in the British TV series, I did NOT like the remarke of Orient Express with him as Poirot. Maybe it's because I like the Finney one so much.

    Ustinov was also quite good as Poirot.
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    Oct 31, 2012 1:35 AM GMT
    Murder in Mesopotamia

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Death on the Nile

    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

    Peril at End House
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    Oct 31, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    Agatha Christie is also the name of an old, Russian punk group icon_lol.gif
  • alphatop

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    Nov 07, 2012 2:01 PM GMT
    TigerTim said
    RadRTT said
    Aristoshark saidI used to like her. I read all her books when I was a kid. Then I found out what an anti-Semitic piece of trash she was.
    she was anti-Semitic? Never knew that, wow. I mean there is a lot of racism in her books


    Is it possible, do you think, to separate the views of the author from the merit of the work?

    The 1930s were anti-Semitic times, alas and the consequences were horrific.

    But maybe we can enjoy the books and disapprove of the anti-semitism in the few places it arises?

    (I have to do the same with Raymond chandler and homophobia)


    ^^ This!^^