The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie

1932. 1934. 1935. 1936. 1939. Nine stories published during the thirties when Christie was established and famous as a mystery writer. Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and the lesser known Mr Parker Pyne make appearances in this delightful sampler from the MWA’s first Grand Master.

Like McDonald’s, Christie’s 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections have sold billions and billions; her West End plays have entertained millions and millions; movie versions, radio plays, video games based on her most beloved novels have entertained millions and millions more.

But when’s the last time you sat down and enjoyed the source material? Whether you sample these short stories or any other collection, it’s worth the time. Read one or two out loud. They improve with the telling.

Likeable characters and suspenseful plots. Murders most foul, missing jewels, locked rooms, and eagle-eyed investigators who spot the telling clues.

Enough to sample for a lifetime. Thanks, Dame Agatha.



M L Rudolph has worked for CNN among other American and British television and film companies. He has written for general interest and trade magazines and published his first novel, Facing the Son, A novel of Africa, on Amazon in 2011. More are on the way. Rudolph is a dual US/UK national and lives in Pasadena, CA. View all posts by M L RUDOLPH

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