Friday Five: Less Known Christie Detectives

This was a busy week. Lots of running around, lots of company, and lots of fun. All good, but one sign that I was feeling just a bit of overload…I retreated to my Agatha Christie shelf. Comfort reading, remembering who’s guilt on page one, then tracking the puzzle Christie created to see how beautifully she knew her craft.

I didn’t pick up any Poirots and just one or two Miss Marples. Instead, I’ve been remembering how much I love a few of her less famous used investigators. And, so today, a quiz. I’m offering no concrete prizes, although if you score any points at all, pat yourself on the back and award yourself a virtual one of these:


See if you can place each of these investigators with at least one of the book in which they appear. Extra jewels if you tell me which one was an investigator AND a villain.

1. Superintendent Battle

2. Ariadne Oliver

3. Dolly Bantry

4. Jimmy Thesiger

5. Lucy Eyelesbarrow

You have my blessing to go check the back covers of any Christie books for blurbs. Beyond that, well…if it gets you to reread some great books, I can’t call it cheating! Have fun and let me know how you do in the comments!


  1. Andra M. says:

    Hey, I was just thinking I need to pick up a good book, but couldn’t decide from my substantial — and mostly unread — pile.

    All I can say is, “Yay for libraries!” Now I know what to pick up on my next trip.

    Not having read any of Agatha Christie’s books, I can’t answer you question. No crown for me, boo hoo.


  2. Jeanie W says:

    Those names are all familiar, but I don’t know the answers. It’s been about 30 years since I read the books those characters were in.

    I stopped reading Christie’s mysteries when I started figuring out whodunnit before I was halfway thru the books. I discovered I was inadvertantly rereading books I’d forgotten I’d already read. I wish I still had yet to read all those Miss Marple mysteries. They were so much fun the first time around!


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