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Of my favourite non series stories, The Listerdale Mystery is without doubt at the top. I just LOVE this absolutely feel-good story with the surprise twist.One of her definitely darker ones is about a penniless woman with hardly anything to eat herself, is so fond of her dog. There is no mystery or suspense but it makes for compelling reading.I have often wondered how Christie was able to effectively depict the travails faced by people who are in penury. The girl with her dog story is a wonderful example. Even in The Listerdale Mystery she says through her protagonist, "when one is alone one can just do 'without things', but that can't be done when there are others in the picture."