Agatha Christie is one of the most well-known authors of the golden age of crime. If you enjoy Christie's mysteries, take a look at our suggested titles! All of these books and more are free to borrow with your Suffolk Libraries card.
Absent in the Spring, by Mary Westmacott
Returning from a visit to her daughter in Iraq, Joan Scudamore finds herself unexpectedly alone and stranded in an isolated rest house by flooding of the railway tracks. Looking back over the years, Joan painfully re-examines her attitudes, relationships and actions and becomes increasingly uneasy about the person who is revealed to her.
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The Killings at Kingfisher Hill, by Sophie Hannah
Hercule Poirot is travelling by luxury passenger coach from London to the exclusive Kingfisher Hill estate, where Richard Devonport has summoned him to prove that his fiancé, Helen, is innocent of the murder of his brother, Frank. But there is a strange condition attached to this request: Poirot must conceal his true reason for being there. The coach is forced to stop when a distressed woman demands to get off, insisting that if she stays in her seat, she will be murdered. Although the rest of the journey passes without anyone being harmed, Poirot's curiosity is aroused, and his fears are later confirmed when a body is discovered with a macabre note attached. Could this new murder and the peculiar incident on the coach be clues to solving the mystery of who killed Frank Devonport? And if Helen is innocent, can Poirot find the true culprit in time to save her from the gallows?
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Suddenly at His Residence, by Christianna Brand
Under the shadow of the ongoing blitz in London, the willful grandchildren of Sir Richard Marsh have gathered for the finalising of the patriarch's will. Frustrated with the disrespectful behaviour of his heirs, Marsh seems to resolve to cut them all out of their inheritance and descends to his outhouse to make the final arrangements. When he is discovered murdered by strychnine injection, Brand's series sleuth Inspector Cockrill has his work cut out for him to find anything close to a plausible solution.
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Bodies From the Library, Vol. 5, by Tony Medawar
Classic crime fiction's 'Indiana Jones' Tony Medawar unearths more unpublished and uncollected stories from the Golden Age of suspense, including John Bude, John Dickson Carr, Dorothy L. Sayers and Julian Symons.
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Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway. But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript there lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder.
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The Paris Apartment, by Lucy Foley
Welcome to No. 12 Rue des Amants. A beautiful old apartment block, far from the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling banks of the Seine. Where nothing goes unseen. And everyone has a story to unlock. Something terrible happened here last night. A mystery lies behind the door of apartment three. Only you - and the killer - hold the key.
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Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear
She started as a maid in an aristocratic London household, studied her way into Garton College at Cambridge, then became a front line nurse in WW1. Now she has set up on her own as a private investigator - with a case that will force her to confront the ghost of her past.
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