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Agatha Christie

The ABC Murders

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1936

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The ABC Murders

  • Genre: Fiction; mystery
  • Originally Published: 1936
  • Reading Level/Interest: College/Adult
  • Structure/Length: 35 chapters; approx. 252 pages; approx. 6 hours on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Christie’s famed protagonist Hercule Poirot, a clever private detective, contends with a serial killer choosing victims and locations by the first letter in their names. Poirot is intent on finding the murderer based on the clues left behind.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Murder; abusive relationships; violence

Agatha Christie, Author

  • Bio: 1890-1976; born in Devon, England; homeschooled by her mother; studied voice and piano in Paris at 16; served as a nurse during WWI; introduced famous character Hercule Poirot in first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1921); wrote over 70 detective and mystery novels in her lifetime, many adapted to stage plays and film; earned the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award in 1955; credited as being the best-selling mystery novelist of all time; received a knighthood for her literary contributions; awarded the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1971
  • Other Works: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1921); Murder on the Orient Express (1934); Death on the Nile (1937); And Then There Were None (1939); Evil Under the Sun (1941); A Pocket Full of Rye (1953); Sleeping Murder (1976)