What Poirot Novel to Read and When - Seasonal Favourites
There are certain Agatha Christie novels I like to read at certain points throughout the year – call it part of the immersive experience but I feel I absolutely have to read Evil Under the Sun on a sunny day in England and obviously, the only time to read Hercule Poirot’s Christmas is during the festive season itself. Below is the EverythingAgatha reading list for which Agatha Christie Poirot novel to read and when…
Although not specifically called out as being set in the Spring for some reason I always read Murder on the Links at this time of year - Dumb witness is more specific in that it is set just after Easter as reference is made to visits made over the Easter weekend shortly before. Cat Among the Pigeons is also set in the Easter term leading up to the summer holidays but I always prefer to read this as a 'back to school' novel for September so I've added it there too ...finally, last for Spring...Peril at End House leads wonderfully into the summer.
A lot of Christie's Poirot novels are set in the summer in England - we first meet Poirot at styles during a hot June and that's also the last time we meet him, Ameas Crale needs a nice cold beer for a hot summers day...Evil Under the Sun is set during the hot English summer - to quote Patrick Redfern "God, it’s a marvellous day! If you do get a real summer’s day in England there’s nothing to beat it."...finally, God, it’s a marvellous day! If you do get a real summer’s day in England there’s nothing to beat it.’marrows are due for harvesting at the end of the season - so late summer heading into Autumn is the perfect time to read 'the Murder of Roger Ackroyd'.
Cat Among the Pigeons is actually set just after the Easter Term before the summer holidays but I always prefer to read this while all the 'Back to School' stuff is in the shops and the new term is kicking off for kids and students everywhere. Likewise, the student hostel setting for Hickory Dickory Dock always makes me think of those days at uni - heading back for the new term each year...The Hollow is a great Autumn read (the ITV episode shows the beauty of the English countryside with the leaves changing perfectly if you just want to stay in on a wet day and watch Suchet in action). Hallowe'en party - well, it has to be at end of October of course!
Our two ‘back to school/uni books to kick off the start of term…
Although set mostly in the hot sunny climate of Egypt, the events in Death on the Nile actually take please in January/February with the English travellers escaping the dreary English winter so this fits as both a sunny holiday read and a Winter novel - Hercule Poirot's Christmas speaks for itself (I like to try and read each chapter on the actual date given if possible) and lastly...the snowy cold conditions of 'Murder on the Orient Express' just make me want to curl up with a hot chocolate or a 'tisane' to keep warm while I read!
These are the Poirot novels I find best to read while on holiday - even better I prefer to listen to the audiobook so i can lie back on a sun lounger with my eyes closed while keeping my hands free for an all important sip of my cocktail - heaven!
If travelling on a long train journey then there are two obvious books to grab - it's my dream to travel by the Orient Express and read Agatha Christie's famous novel while doing so. As a fan of audiobooks, I have also really enjoyed listening to the opening chapter of 'Death in the Clouds' whilst sitting in my seat on a plane just as we're taking off. I try to time it exactly to coincide with Jane Grey's description of taking off, listing rather than reading and using noise cancelling headphones also helps drown out some of the aeroplane racket as well!