There’s no doubt about it: Agatha Christie is one of the most prolific and influential mystery writers of all time. Publishing her novels from the 1920s to the 1970s, her stories laid the foundation for much of what we think of when we think of the mystery genre today. There are brilliant private and amateur detectives alongside the “professionals,” colorful casts of characters, plenty of cozy settings, and a ton of memorable characters. If you enjoy reading the genre today, you’re probably enjoying many of the same elements that Christie and her contemporaries made popular!
Along with more than 60 novels, Christie also wrote 166 short stories, published in various collections in both the US and the UK. Today, she is the most-translated writer of all time, with her stories having been translated into more than 100 languages, and the bestselling author of all time, with more than two billion copies of her novels sold (and counting!). Plus, there have been many, many adaptations of her works, including the upcoming movie “A Haunting in Venice” (out Sept. 15), based on her novel “Hallowe’en Party.” Ahead of this new adaptation, check out a comprehensive overview of Christie’s novels, from start to finish.