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Staff Picks - Agatha Christie Read-Alikes

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All titles are found in the mystery section shelved alphabetically by the author’s last name

Agatha Christie Read-Alikes

Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage
by M. C. Beaton
While in the midst of planning her marriage to her next-door neighbor, Agatha Raisin's un-divorced, long-thought-dead husband reappears, only to end up murdered the next day, leaving inimitable amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin the prime suspect.  

The Cornish Coast Murder
by John Bude"Detective story enthusiast the Reverend Dodd finds himself in the middle of a real-life mystery when a magistrate is found shot in the head in the Cornish village of Boscawen, giving the reverend the opportunity to test his investigative skills.

Death Makes a Prophet
by John Bude
The eccentric leader of a cult in a very trendy 1940s British town that is home to vegetarians and socialists is murdered amidst a hotbed of resentment, jealousy and dark secrets. 

Every Breath You Take
by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
Forced to team up with Ryan Nichols, television crime solver Laurie Moran investigates a new cold case involving the death of a wealthy woman who was pushed off the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Water Like a Stone
by Deborah Crombie
In the aftermath of a teenager's drowning in a Cheshire countryside canal, Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James investigate strange connections between the victim and two past murder cases. 

Gone West: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
by Carola Dunn
Visiting a former school friend in 1926 Derbyshire, Daisy learns that her friend has been ghost-writing a popular novelist's most recent, and more successful, works while he succumbs to a suspicious illness, a situation that compels Daisy to investigate members of the writer's household. 

Seven Dead
by J. Jefferson Farjeon
When an amateur thief stumbles on seven dead bodies in a house he was trying to rob, Detective inspector Kendall takes on the case with the help from passing yachtsman Thomas Hazeldean. 

Mrs. Pollifax on Safari
by Dorothy Gilman
At the request of her old CIA contact, Carstairs, Emily Pollifax leaves New Jersey and her geraniums for Africa, where she battles dark forces of evil to save an African leader from assassination. 

Murder, Stage Left: A Nero Wolfe Mystery
by Robert Goldsborough
Taking on a vague investigation at a renowned theater director's latest production, Nero Wolfe sends in his assistant, Archie Goodwin, to question the cast, but when the director is murdered during an evening performance, Goodwin becomes a prime suspect.

Death at Victoria Dock: A Phryne Fisher Mystery
by Kerry Greenwood
When someone shoots out her windshield while she is driving home late at night and she finds a young man dying on the tarmac just outside the dock gates, Phryne Fisher sets out to discover who is responsible. 

The Old Wine Shades: A Richard Jury Mystery
by Martha Grimes
Jury considers the authenticity of a fantastical tale, told over the course of three nights by a stranger and fellow patron at the Old Wine Shades pub in London, about a string theory scientist's wife, son, and dog, who disappeared without a trace nine months earlier.

The Monogram Murders:  The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
by Sophie Hannah
A mystery featuring Agatha Christie's legendary hero follows Hercule Poirot as he tries to solve a diabolically clever puzzle in 1920s London that will put his keen skills of detection to the test.

Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
by Sophie Hannah
Lady Athelinda Playford announces her decision to cut her children out of her will and leave her fortune to an invalid with just weeks to live, a declaration Hercule Poirot senses was made to provoke a murder.

The Mystery of Three Quarters: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
by Sophie Hannah
Accused by strangers of trying to set them up for murder, Hercule Poirot teams up with Scotland Yard policeman Edward Catchpool to investigate the drowning death of an elderly man.

Murder Underground
by Mavis Doriel Hay
When Miss Pongleton is found murdered on the stairs of Belsize Park underground station, her fellow-boarders in the Frampton Hotel all have their theories about the identity of the murderer, and help to unravel the mystery of who killed her. 

Magpie Murders
by Anthony Horowitz
When she realizes that the final chapter of mystery writer Alan Conway's latest manuscript is missing and Alan later turns up dead, editor Susan Ryeland follows clues buried in the text to investigate the author's suspicious death. 

Excellent Intentions
by Richard Hull
Great Barwick's least popular man is murdered on a train. Twelve jurors sit in court. Four suspects are identified – but which of them is on trial?

A Certain Justice: An Adam Dalgliesh Novel
by P.D. James
When noted criminal lawyer Venetia Aldridge turns up murdered after defending young Gary Ashe for the brutal killing of his mother, Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team struggle to unravel the case, which involves in a series of deadly crimes linked to the complexities of the legal system.

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales
by P.D. James
An anthology of six previously uncollected stories explores the memories, emotional machinations, rationalizations, dreams, and desires of people who get away with the perfect murder or who help keep information about a killing secret.

Death in Zanzibar
by M. M. Kaye
Dany Ashton is invited to vacation at her stepfather's home in Zanzibar and finds herself caught up in a search for hidden gold with a group of houseguests that includes a ruthless murderer.

Wicked Autumn
by G. M. Malliet
His tranquility as the established vicar of a New Age village shattered by the murder of an unpopular woman, former MI5 agent Max Tudor struggles with past demons while trying to identify a killer in his peaceful community.

Enter a Murderer
by Ngaio Marsh
When Chief Detective-Inspector Alleyn attends the theatre the blustering actor Arthur Surbonardier is killed when a stage prop pistol--which he personally loaded with blanks--fires a live bullet. There is no shortage of suspects who would want Surbonardier dead, but it's up to Inspector Alleyn to find the guilty player.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith
Working in Gaborone, Botswana, Precious Ramotswe investigates several local mysteries, including a search for a missing boy and the case of the clinic doctor with different personalities for different days of the week. 

A Rule Against Murder:  A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
by Louise Penny
In this classic drawing room mystery, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is looking forward to celebrating his wedding anniversary at the remote, luxurious Manoir Bellechasse. As Gamache's holiday becomes a busman's anniversary, he learns that the seemingly peaceful lodge is a place where visitors come to escape their past, until that past catches up with them.

The Silent Cry: A William Monk Mystery
by Anne Perry
When respected solicitor Leighton Duff is found bludgeoned to death in one of Victorian London's worst slums, along with his severely injured son, Rhys, investigator William Monk uncovers a link between Duff's murder and a vicious series of attacks on local prostitutes.

The Painted Queen
by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess
When a stranger bursts into her elegant Cairo hotel suite and dies from injuries sustained during an interrupted assassination attempt on her life, Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, witness the discovery of one of the most precious Egyptian artifacts while navigating the murderous activities of master-of-disguise, Sethos. 

A Sleeping Life
by Ruth Rendell
The body of a middle-aged murder victim is found, and when Inspector Wexford is called in, he has the uneasy feeling he knows her.

Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries
(shelved under “Resorting”)
From a golf course at the English seaside to a pension in Paris, and from a Swiss mountain resort to the cliffs of Normandy, this new selection shows the enjoyable and unexpected ways in which crime writers have used summer holidays as a theme.

The Red Lamp
by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Scoffing at local beliefs that the seaside property he has inherited is haunted, a literature professor investigates an all-too-human shadowy figure who he connects to a rash of murders, in a rerelease of a classic best-seller.

Sleeping in the Ground: An Inspector Banks Novel
by Peter Robinson
In the wake of a massacre outside a picturesque Yorkshire church, Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are challenged to unravel a baffling mystery involving a killer who is hiding in plain sight. 

Family Matters
by Anthony Rolls
Robert Arthur Kewdingham is an eccentric failure of a man. In middle age he retreats into a private world, hunting for Roman artifacts and devoting himself to bizarre mystical beliefs. Robert's wife, Bertha, feels that there are few things more dreadful than a husband who will persist in making a fool of himself in public. Their marriage consists of horrible quarrels, futile arguments, incessant bickering. Scarcely any friends will visit the Kewdinghams in their peaceful hometown Shufflecester. Everything is wrong - and with the entrance of John Harrigall, a bohemian bachelor from London who catches Bertha's eye, they take a turn for the worse. Soon deep passions and resentments shatter the calm facade of the Kewdinghams' lives.

Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night
by James Runcie
Canon Sidney Chambers investigates the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel; a case of arson at a glamour photographer's studio; and a poisoning in the middle of a crucial game of cricket.

Maigret’s War of Nerves
by Georges Simenon
Convinced that Joseph Heurtin, a slow-witted delivery boy, did not commit a brutal murder, Inspector Jules Maigret's quest for the real killer plunges him into a battle of wits with a criminal mastermind.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
by Matthew Sullivan
Lydia Smith, a clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, must unravel a puzzle left behind by a patron who has committed suicide, an effort that is complicated by memories of her violent childhood. 

The Attenbury Emeralds:  The New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery
by Jill Paton Walsh
A completed work based on an unfinished Dorothy L. Sayers manuscript from 1936 finds Lord Peter Wimsey revisiting his first case from thirty years earlier when the descendant of Lord Attenbury begs his help in proving the ownership of a priceless cache of emeralds. 

The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware
After erroneously receiving a mysterious letter about a large inheritance, Hal attends the deceaseds funeral and realizes that something is very, very wrong.

The Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware
Assigned to review an exclusive North Sea luxury cruise, travel journalist Lo Blacklock witnesses a woman being thrown overboard and is baffled when all passengers remain unruffled and accounted for, a nightmare that unravels as Lo struggles to convince everyone that what she saw was real.

Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
by Jacqueline Winspear
In 1931 London, when artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death before the opening of an exhibition of his work and police refuse to investigate, his journalist sister Georgina enlists the aid of psychologist Maisie Dobbs to uncover the truth.

NON-FICTION

Agatha Christie, an Autobiography             823.912 C555
by Agatha Christie
Dame Agatha offers vivid descriptions of her childhood, family life, contemporaries, and travels abroad as well as discussing her own struggles as a writer and the general problems of creative writing.

Agatha, the Real Life of Agatha Christie    741.5 MARTINETTI
by Anne Martinetti
The life of Agatha Christie was as mysterious and eventful as her fiction. This beautifully illustrated graphic novel traces the life of the Queen of Whodunnit from her childhood in Torquay, England, through a career filled with success, mischief, and adventure, to her later years as Dame Agatha. 

The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story     823.0872 E266
by Martin Edwards
Looks at how the authors in the Detection Club, which came to include such personalities as Agatha Christie, G.K. Chesterton, and Dorothy Sayers, changed the way mystery novels were conceived and written in 1920s and 1930s Britain.