Poirot Novels in Order
Agatha Christie first introduced the famous Belgium detective Monsieur Hercule Poirot to the world in the Novel ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ which she wrote in 1920. Christie became prolific in writing detective novels and the small prim man, obsessed with order and method, with an egg-shaped head and famous moustaches soon became a household name and one of her best loved sleuths. Reads often want to start at the beginning and read each Poirot novel in order to make sure they never miss anything and can appreciate the development of this famous character in chronological order.
Hercule Poirot appears in 33 of Agatha Christie’s novels. Christie wrote 66 detective novels and the Poirot novels are some of her best loved and most famous. Possibly her most famous are ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ as her fist ever novel, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ – the novel which has been developed most often for TV and film, and ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ with its ingenious solution. Most readers have their own personal favourites and with 33 Poirot novels there are plenty to chose from.
Reading the Poirot novels in order will ensure you don’t accidentally stumble across any spoilers or references to previous solutions mentioned in later novels – if you are picking and choosing which to read out of sequence though, I recommend you consider the following (don’t worry these are not spoilers – quite the reverse, we want to help you avoid any inadvertent ones!):
- Peril at End House – makes reference to ‘The Mystery of the Blue Train’
- Death in the Clouds, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas and The A.B.C Murders all make an allusion to ‘Three Act Tragedy’ so read this one early!
- A character in Death on the Nile recognises Poirot from his involvement in ‘The Mystery of the Blue Train
Captain Arthur Hastings appears in 8 or the Poirot Novels, we meet him along with Poirot in Christie’s first novel ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ and they go on to work together in the following novels, in order:
- The Murder on the Links
- The Big Four
- Peril at End House
- Lord Edgware Dies
- The A.B.C Murders
- Dumb Witness
- Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case
The other famous sidekick of Poirot’s is the imaginative author Ariadne Oliver. Ariadne Oliver first appears in ‘Cards on the Table’ in 1936 and she evidently became a Character Christie enjoyed writing (perhaps a touch of an autobiographical outlet?) as she continued to feature in subsequent novels. Ariadne Oliver appears in six Poirot novels. These are, in order:
- Cards on the Table
- Mrs McGinty’s Dead
- Dead Man’s Folly
- Third Girl
- Hallowe’en Party
- Elephants Can Remember.
Look out for the banners below to ID these books quickly and easily as well as for some other highlights such as seasonal favourites (ones to read on holiday or certain times of year) and those with the highest body count – just in case you really want something to get your teeth into!Poirot
All Poirot Novels - In Order of Publication
Collections including Poirot Short Stories in Order
In addition to the 33 Poirot Novels, Christie also write 51 short stories in which Poirot solves various crimes such as murders, thefts, kidnappings, robberies and fraud…these have been accumulated into various collections and volumes over the years however these are the key publications. It is worth noting that sometimes Christie would write a short story and later develop it into a novel so I would recommend reading the novels first to avoid spoilers. For example, definitely read ‘Evil Under the Sun’ before ‘Triangle at Rhodes’.
Murder in the Mews
The Labours of Hercules 1947
Poirot's Early Cases 1974
Subsequent Poirot Novels written by Sophie Hannah
Finally, if you just can’t get enough of Poirot and you’ve read everything Christie wrote herself about this famous sleuth, then check out the new novels written by Sophie Hannah -written with permission by the Christie estate to keep this great detective going for the fans who just want more and more…