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Best Non-Series Novel other than And Then There Were None?

I'm interested to see what everyone thinks the best non-series novel apart from And Then There Were None is. Out of the ones I've read so far it's Crooked House. Agree or disagree?



  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    For me it is a tie between The Sittaford  Mystery and And Then There Were None, both of which when I have finished them I immediately get the urge to start at the beginning, I don't with Crooked House, I am assuming you aren't including The Bundle Books, Towards Zero, Murder Is Easy, Sparkling Cyanide or Pale Horse as each have recurring Characters so strictly speaking can't be called Non-Series books.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    I made a mistake in my last post and can't see how I can rectify it, I meant o say my favourites are The Sittaford Mystery and Why Didn't They Ask Evans for the reason I gave.
  • I'd list Murder Is Easy, The Pale Horse and Then There Were None as my favourite non series. . I love the fact that these books are really different to Poirot and Marple. AC had more flexabilty with the characters.

    I do like Evans, The Seven Dials Mystery, Crooked house (although someone spoilt the end for me!)  Ordeal By Innocence is enjoyable, although a more quiet book. It takes a while for it to really move in pace, but I found it's a very enjoyable book.

    Sparkling Cyanide is ok,The Man In The Brown Suit is mixed for me. Same with Chimneys, liked Bundle and Bill and not the plot. 

    I didn't think much of The Sittaford mystery. They Came To Baghdad is ok, but too easy to work out.

    Endless Night - I had trouble reading it the first time. It was hard to like the narrator, but I wish I'd stuck to it. I revisited it and found it better, the end is chilling.

    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    Nothing would persuade me to read Endless Night again, same with Death Comes As The End and Passenger To Frankfurt (The only one I don't know the Plot to, and I am not reading Sparkling Cyanide (If we are including books with Recurring Characters) I love the Bundle books, Towards Zero and The Man In The Brown Suit, Destination Unknown is better than They Came To Baghdad IMHO and Crooked House is better than Ordeal By Innocence. 
  • I left out a couple, Destination Unknown- I felt was very good but the end was too short and didn't feel right because of it. 

    I love Death Comes As The End- I think she was so clever to come up with a murder set so long ago. Admittedly it has a too easy to work out plot, but it's been said that she altered the end. I have no idea why. If anyone ever finds out, please post it on the forum!

    Passenger To Frankfurt- I found it a  very strange book,  disjointed and so open ended. I don't think I could bring myself to read it  again.

    Towards Zero is excellent. It could have been a Poirot but it makes a change to have Battle. 

    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • AgathasmykidAgathasmykid British Columbia, Canada ✭✭✭
    For me it is Sittaford Mystery.  I love the setting, and the pacing is great!  It is a great mystery which I certainly didn't figure out until the end.
  • youngmrquinyoungmrquin Buenos Aires, Argentina ✭✭✭
    If I had to pick one, and just one, I would choose The Pale Horse, not only because I believe it's one of the best Christie's at all (and most underrated), but also because it combines mystery, thriller and the supernatural 
  • Yeah, you can include books with recurring characters - just not ones with Poirot, Miss Marple and T&T
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    It would be The Sittaford Mystery or Why Didn't They Ask Evans? or Towards Zero then, I thought Ordeal By Innocence could have been a Poirot, The beauty of Towards Zero is that it isn't a Poirot but thinking about Poirot helps Battle solve it and having Characters mentioned who aren't in the books makes them better in my view as you are getting more for your money
  • I love Crooked House. It's an ingenious plot. Very well conducted. And its end is astonishing.
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