Whether using the original novels or the simplified editions for non-native speakers, Christie's books make excellent resources for the classroom.

Pre-teens find her mysteries aspirational, for many they are "my first adult read," and the murders and puzzles help maintain the motivation of older students through to the final page.

For non-native speakers the language is relatively simple and straightforward and detective fiction has the advantage of being a familiar genre. Also Christie and her characters are usually so well known that there is instant recognition from students.

Additionally, the existence of numerous film and TV adaptations offer easy to access extra classroom resources.

And The There Were None is probably the most popular book and is used especially for summer reading programmes in the US. Other recommended books include Murder on the Orient Express and The ABC Murders. HarperCollins in the US have released two comprehensive teaching guides for Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None. Follow the link to download the teaching guides from HarperCollins.

Common Core Essentials.

Students may also appreciate:

Spark notes for And Then There Were None (free to access online)

Spark notes for Murder on the Orient Express (free to access online)


In 2015 William Morrow, publisher of Agatha Christie mysteries in the US, ran a competition to find the ultimate Agatha Christie Master Teacher, someone who loves to teach the works of Agatha Christie and wants to share that passion and expertise with other teachers. The winner was Stephanie Owens from California.


For those studying Agatha Christie’s novels in class or as part of a summer reading programme, the following areas of the site may be helpful:

And Then There Were None
Murder on the Orient Express
About Christie

The community forums are useful resources for additional insights and discussions and there are also a number of additional online resources.

Spark notes for And Then There Were None (free to access online)

Spark notes for Murder on the Orient Express (free to access online)

For non-native speakers, HarperCollins now publish a series of simplified versions of Christie's novels with audio recordings. If you can't yet read the original in English, these are the next best thing.

Please contact us if you have any comments, questions or suggestions on these resources.

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