The other books Agatha Christie wrote

Agatha Christie is a well loved author by many, including myself. I love almost all of her detectives, and enjoy her immaculate plotting and well written scenes.

However, for a long time I did not know that Agatha Christie also wrote six other books, not detectives but novels, under the name Mary Westmacott. Well, I did know, since I read about it in her biographies, but I never realized that these books are also still for sale.

Somehow I came across those novels and decided to buy them. They are published in new, matching jackets and I really like having them on my shelves as well. I intend to read them soon, and I will definately let you know how I like them.

The first book is Giant's bread, published in 1930. It is about a young man who is a musician and the two women he loves.

In 1934 Unfinished portrait was published. It is about a young woman who lost everything and everybody in her life and how she finds the courage to live despite her difficulties.

Ten years later in 1944, Absent in the Spring came out and it is about a middleaged woman who is forced to look back at her life.

After the War in 1947 The rose and the Yew tree was published, a story about a young woman who thinks her life is pretty much settled, but then has to make a choice between love and social status.

In 1952 she wrote A daughter's a daughter, a tale about a mother who gives up hope of remarriage because of her daughter, and the resentment that grows between them.

The last book, The burden was published in 1956 and tells about the rivalry and the love between two sisters and the consequenses for both of them.

Agatha Christie used a lot of her own experiences in these novels, and I must say I am looking forward to reading them!


  1. I didn't know she'd written so many non-mysteries; I was only aware of her autobiography and her book about her archaeological travels.

    1. Yes, she also wrote six novels. I now have all six of them and I will begin in one (Absent in Spring) coming week. I will let you know how I like it.

      Kind regards,


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