My Agatha Christie “Bookshelf”

Agatha Christie Book Collection

Agatha Christie Book Collection

Over at they are asking fans to document their Christie book collections. I couldn’t resist getting in on this as I have a been a fan of her stories for many years. Along with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, she is responsible for my chronic Anglophilia.  As a side note, I find it amusing that Anglophilia is defined as “an unusual admiration or partiality for England, English ways, or things English.” Why is it unusual? It is the most normal thing in the world to me.

Here is my collection in all its glory. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to provide a true bookshelf photo as there are too many books to capture in one shot on a shelf. My collection used to be bigger but I do go through bouts of OCD purging of things and sometimes books make the cut. I also loan books to people and never see them again. When I was younger my goal was to have all the books in the navy blue bound Bantam editions, but it was cost prohibitive at the time. The only book I have in that edition now is the Autobiography. Besides, I do love some of the cover artwork on other Christie editions.

The book on the bottom center is The  Moving Finger and the reason I featured it so prominently is because it was my first ever Agatha Christie book. I read it when I was about 12 and have hung onto it ever since.  It was given to me by my sister who was a big Masterpiece Mystery fan. Little did she know that she helped create a lifelong passion for mystery reading in me by handing me that one little paperback.

Any other takers who would like to show off their mystery book collections? Comment below.


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  1. Dr Sheppard
    May 14, 2016 / 5:56 am

    Hi Annika

    I love your blogg, it’s a breath of fresh air, the pictures and layout are very pleasing to the eye. Delighted to see that you are about to read The Monogram Murders, particularly as the new book, ‘Closed Casket’ will be published in September.

    • June 1, 2016 / 9:12 pm

      Thanks for your kind comments! I have posted my review of The Monogram Murders. Have a look and tell me what you think.

      • Dr Sheppard
        June 2, 2016 / 3:12 am

        Hi Annika

        I think you captured the failings of the story extremely well and was pleased that you did not feel the need to go further into the struggle of Sophie Hannah to bring Poirot to life. I also agree with your comments on the Edward Catchpool character. I have met Sophie a few times now, and I asked her about the police rank that Catchpool might have had , as nothing is mentioned in the book, her answer was that she did not want him to be labelled with a particular job title as it would stereotype him to other Christie characters and no, she had not tried to research the different police job roles! I did a quick search and discovered that any police officer trying to solve a murder has the title Detective and I think that Catchpool would have benefited from that title. I do find that Christie fans that refuse point blank to read The Monogram Murders, yet slate the novel, are failing to move on and ‘enjoy’ another Poirot novel. Let’s hope that he has a better time out in the Closed Casket.

        • June 2, 2016 / 8:46 am

          It is funny that you mention Catchpool’s title because I struggled with that when I was writing the review. I gave him the title of Detective because I didn’t recall him be called Inspector and assumed he was a Detective. I don’t there is any harm in giving him a title. As you say, if you are allowed to solve murders at Scotland Yard you would have a particular job title.

          I will give Closed Casket it a try when it comes out but I won’t be queuing up for it! 🙂

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