|Poirot as played by David Suchet|
2. Seeing 50+ years through the eyes of one person. From 1920 when her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles to 1973 with Postern of Fate we can see the world through Agatha's eyes. While she doesn't talk about current events, in fact she purposely didn't mention World War II in the books that she was writing during that time, we watch the changes in attitude towards crime and other social issues over those 50 years.
4. It's fun to pick up on her jokes. The main one is a character named Mrs. Oliver who is a well known mystery author who has a Finnish detective. She's very outspoken in her feelings about her detective and dealing with fans and I can just hear Agatha's voice. It's a bit like getting a peek behind the pages.
5. Despite how well known Agatha Christie was and is she still has her mysteries. Shortly after she rose to fame Agatha Christie disappeared. She was found 11 days later and no one ever was able to offer a full explanation as to what happened. Agatha herself refused to speak of it. There are a number of theories and books and even a Doctor Who episode.
7. She kills hundreds of people yet none of her books make me double check the locks and jump at shadows. I love a good thriller but sometimes it's just nice to have a clean page turning murder that is more a brain exercise than scary.
8. The mysteries are timeless. Sure there's the occasional attitude or word that is so impossibly dated it makes you cringe but the murders themselves are timeless. I read a mystery by another author written in the 60s and all I could think was if they'd had google the book would have been 20 pages. I've never felt that with Agatha.
10. They're just good mysteries. Everything else aside her mysteries are just plain good. There are a few exceptions (let's just pretend Postern of Fate and Passenger to Frankfurt never happened) but for the most part you can't go wrong with a Christie murder. If you're looking for some to try I highly recommend Death on the Nile, The Sleeping Murder, The Tuesday Night Murder Club, And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, and Ordeal by Innocence though there are so many great ones it is hard to narrow down the list.
Are you an Agatha Christie fan? Who is your favorite author?