Agatha Christie’s Short Fiction: A Chronological List

This is a fairly comprehensive chronological list of first UK periodical publication of Agatha Christie’s short stories (although some of the stories received their true first publication in the U.S.). Where no UK periodical publication has been traced, I have provided the first known appearance in print instead. The list is largely derived from information on Wikipedia. Despite the unreliability of that site, this information (which has found its way onto the individual pages dedicated to Christie’s short story collections) appears reliable to me. I mentio the source partly as a disclaimer and partly as an acknowledgment that I’ve taken this information from elsewhere – my only input has been to collate it into the form you see below. Some of the formatting is erratic, for which I apologise.

Primarily, I compiled this list as a personal guide to where to place Christie’s stories in my re-reading of her work. I’m hoping to add to it over time to create a useful reference guide to Christie’s fiction, including information on reprints, adaptations etc – but for now it’s more of a ‘note to self’, hence the less than ideal formatting. So in no way is this intended as a comprehensive scholarly resource. Nevertheless, it may be of interest and may help people already familiar with Christie’s novels to slot her stories between them appropriately.

Except for The Big Four (1927) and Partners in Crime (1929) the story titles are the titles of first UK book publication (this is to make it easy for me to locate the story in the most easily-obtainable format). For blogging purposes, I intend to read both the original short stories and the book editions of The Big Four and Partners in Crime if that proves possible (ETA: at the rate I’m reading these as of January 2017 I’m no longer planning to do this, for the simple reason that it will take much, much longer!)

1923

The Affair at the Victory Ball: The Sketch, 7 March 1923 (Issue 1571)
This was Christie’s first published short story.
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan: The Sketch, 14 March 1923 (Issue 1572) (under the title The Curious Disappearance of the Opalsen Pearls)
[Poirot Investigates]

The King of Clubs: The Sketch, 21 March 1923 (Issue 1573)
(under the title The Adventure of the King of Clubs).
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim: The Sketch, 28 March 1923 (Issue 1574)
[Poirot Investigates]

The Plymouth Express: The Sketch, 4 April 1923 (Issue 1575)
(under the title The Mystery of the Plymouth Expres).
The plot was later reworked as The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928)
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The Adventure of “The Western Star”‘: The Sketch, 11 April 1923 (Issue 1576)
[Poirot Investigates]

The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor: The Sketch, 18 April 1923 (Issue 1577)
[Poirot Investigates]

The Kidnapped Prime Minister: The Sketch, 25 April 1923 (Issue 1578)
[Poirot Investigates]

The Actress: The Novel Magazine, May 1923 (Issue 218)
Under the title ‘A Trap for the Unwary’
[While the Light Lasts]

The Million Dollar Bond Robbery: The Sketch, 2 May 1923 (Issue 1579)
[Poirot Investigates]

The Adventure of the Cheap Flat: The Sketch, 9 May 1923 (Issue 1580)
[Poirot Investigates]

The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge: 16 May 1923 (Issue 1581)
[Poirot Investigates]

The Chocolate Box: The Sketch, 23 May 1923 (Issue 1582)
(under the title The Clue of the Chocolate Box).
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb: The Sketch, 26 September 1923 (Issue 1600)
[Poirot Investigates]

The Veiled Lady: The Sketch, 3 October 1923 (Issue 1601)
(under the title The Case of the Veiled Lady).
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly: The Sketch, 10 October 1923 (Issue 1602)
(under the title The Kidnapping of Johnny Waverly).
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The Market Basing Mystery: The Sketch, 17 October 1923 (Issue 1603)
(later reworked as the plot for ‘Murder in the Mews’)
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman: The Sketch, 24 October 1923 (Issue 1604)
[Poirot Investigates]

The Case of the Missing Will: 31 October 1923 (Issue 1605)
[Poirot Investigates]

The Submarine Plans: The Sketch, 7 November 1923 (Issue 1606)
(later reworked as ‘The Incredible Theft’)
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The Adventure of the Clapham Cook: The Sketch, 14 November 1923 (Issue 1607)
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The Lost Mine: The Sketch, 21 November 1923 (Issue 1608)
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The Cornish Mystery: The Sketch, 28 November 1923 (Issue 1609)
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The First Wish: The Grand Magazine, December 1923 (Issue 226)
The story was illustrated by Arthur Ferrier.
This formed the basis for Chapters 20 and 21 of Partners in Crime (1929) (‘The Clergyman’s Daughter’ / ‘The Red House’).

The Double Clue: The Sketch, 4 December 1923 (Issue 1610)
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

Christmas Adventure: The Sketch, 11 December 1923 (Issue 1611)
Under the title ‘The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding’
Later expanded (under the same title)
[While the Light Lasts]

The LeMesurier Inheritance: The Sketch, 18 December 1923 (Issue 1612)
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

1924

The Unexpected Guest: The Sketch, 2 January 1924 (Issue 1614)
Under the linked title The Man who was No.4
Formed the basis for Chapters 1 and 2 of The Big Four (‘The Unexpected Guest’/‘The Man from the Asylum’)
[The Big Four]

The Adventure of the Dartmoor Bungalow: The Sketch, 9 January 1924 (Issue 1615)
Under the linked title The Man who was No.4
Formed the basis for Chapters 3 and 4 of The Big Four (‘We hear more about Li Chang Yen’/‘The Importance of a Leg of Mutton’)
[The Big Four]

The Lady on the Stairs: The Sketch, 16 January 1924 (Issue 1616)
Under the linked title The Man who was No.4
Formed the basis for Chapters 5 and 6 of The Big Four (‘Disappearance of a Scientist’/‘The Woman on the Stairs’)
[The Big Four]

The Radium Thieves: The Sketch, 23 January 1924 (Issue 1617)
Formed the basis for Chapter 7 of The Big Four
[The Big Four]

In the House of the Enemy: The Sketch, 30 January 1924 (Issue 1618)
Under the linked title The Man who was No.4
Formed the basis for Chapter 8 of The Big Four
[The Big Four]

The Girl in the Train: The Grand Magazine, February 1924 (Issue 228)
[The Listerdale Mystery]

The Yellow Jasmine Mystery: The Sketch, 6 February 1924 (Issue 1619)
Under the linked title The Man who was No.4
Formed the basis for Chapters 9 and 10 of The Big Four (‘The Yellow Jasmine Mystery’/‘We Investigate at Croftlands’)
[The Big Four]

The Chess Problem: The Sketch, 13 February 1924 (Issue 1620)
Under the linked title The Man who was No.4
Formed the basis for Chapter 11 of The Big Four (‘A Chess Problem’)
[The Big Four]

The Baited Trap: The Sketch, 20 February 1924 (Issue 1621)
Under the linked title The Man who was No.4
Formed the basis for Chapters 12 and 13 of The Big Four (‘The Baited Trap’/‘The Mouse Walks In’)
[The Big Four]

The Adventure of the Peroxide Blonde: The Sketch, 27 February 1924 (Issue 1622)
Under the linked title The Man who was No.4
Formed the basis for Chapter 14 of The Big Four (‘The Peroxide Blonde’)
[The Big Four]

The Coming of Mr Quin: The Grand Magazine, March 1924 (Issue 229)
(under the title: ‘The Passing of Mr Quin’)
[The Mysterious Mr. Quin]

The Terrible Catastrophe: The Sketch, 5 March 1924 (Issue 1623)
Under the linked title The Man who was No.4
Formed the basis for Chapter 15 of The Big Four
[The Big Four]

The Dying Chinaman: The Sketch, 12 March 1924 (Issue 1624)
Under the linked title The Man who was No.4
Formed the basis for Chapter 16 of The Big Four
[The Big Four]

The Crag in the Dolomites: The Sketch, 19 March 1924 (Issue 1625)
Under the linked title The Man who was No.4
Formed the basis for Chapters 17 and 18 of The Big Four (‘Number Four wins the trick’/ ‘In the Felsenlabyrinth’)
The final Poirot story Christe wrote for The Sketch
[The Big Four]

“While the Light Lasts”: The Novel Magazine, April 1924 (Issue 229)
[While the Light Lasts]

The Red Signal: The Grand Magazine, June 1924 (Issue 232)
[The Hound of Death]

The Mystery of the Blue Jar: The Grand Magazine, July 1924 (Issue 233)
[The Hound of Death]

Mr Eastwood’s Adventure: The Novel Magazine, August 1924 (as part of The Mystery of the Second Cucumber)
Illustrated by Wilmot Lunt
[The Listerdale Mystery]

Jane in Search of a Job: The Grand Magazine, August 1924 (Issue 234)
[The Listerdale Mystery]

Publicity: The Sketch, 24 September 1924 (Issue 1652)
This was the first in a sequence of twelve consecutive stories Christie wrote for The Sketch which appeared under the subtitle of Tommy and Tuppence.
This formed the basis for Chapters 1 and 2 of Partners in Crime (1929) (‘A Fairy in the Flat’ / ‘A Pot of Tea’).

The Shadow on the Glass: The Grand Magazine, October 1924 (Issue 236)
[The Mysterious Mr. Quin]

The Affair of the Pink Pearl: The Sketch, 1 October 1924 (Issue 1653).
This formed the basis for Chapters 3 and 4 of Partners in Crime (1929).

Finessing the King: The Sketch, 8 October 1924 (Issue 1654)
This formed the basis for Chapters 7 and 8 of Partners in Crime (1929) (‘Finessing the King’ / ‘The Gentleman Dressed in Newspaper’)

The Case of the Missing Lady: The Sketch, 15 October 1924 (Issue 1655).
This formed the basis for Chapter 9 of Partners in Crime (1929)

The Case of the Sinister Stranger: The Sketch, 22 October 1924 (Issue 1656)
This formed the basis for Chapters 5 and 6 of Partners in Crime (1929) (‘The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger’)

The Sunninghall Mystery: The Sketch, 29 October 1924 (Issue 1657)
This formed the basis for Chapters 15 and 16 of Partners in Crime (1929) (‘The Sunningdale Mystery’)

Philomel Cottage: The Grand Magazine, November 1924 (Issue 237)
[The Listerdale Mystery]

The House of Lurking Death: The Sketch, 5 November 1924 (Issue 1658).
This formed the basis for Chapters 17 and 18 of Partners in Crime (1929)

The Matter of the Ambassador’s Boots: The Sketch, 12 November 1924 (Issue 1659) This formed the basis for Chapter 22 of Partners in Crime (1929) (‘The Ambassador’s Boots’)

The Affair of the Forged Notes: The Sketch, 19 November 1924 (Issue 1660)
This formed the basis for Chapters 13 and 14 of Partners in Crime (1929) (‘The Crackler’)

Blindman’s Buff: The Sketch, 26 November 1924 (Issue 1661)
This formed the basis for Chapter 10 of Partners in Crime (1929)

The Manhood of Edward Robinson: The Grand Magazine, December 1924 (Issue 238)
[The Listerdale Mystery]

The Man in the Mist: The Sketch, 3 December 1924 (Issue 1662)
This formed the basis for Chapters 11 and 12 of Partners in Crime (1929)

The Man who was Number Sixteen: The Sketch, 10 December 1924 (Issue 1663)
The last story Christie ever wrote for The Sketch
This formed the basis for Chapter 23 of Partners in Crime (1929).

1925

The Witness for the Prosecution: in U.S.A., in Flynn’s Weekly, January 31 1925 (as ‘Traitor’s Hands’)
[The Hound of Death]

The Sign in the Sky: The Grand Magazine, July 1925 (Issue 245)
(under the slightly different title of ‘A Sign in the Sky’)
[The Mysterious Mr. Quin]

Within a Wall: Royal Magazine, October 1925 (Issue 324)
[While the Light Lasts]

At the Bells and Motley: The Grand Magazine, November 1925 (Issue 249)
(under the title: ‘A Man of Magic’)
[The Mysterious Mr. Quin]

The Fourth Man: The Grand Magazine, December 1925 (Issue 250)
[The Hound of Death]

The Listerdale Mystery: The Grand Magazine, December 1925 (Issue 250)
[The Listerdale Mystery]

1926

The House of Dreams: Sovereign, January 1926 (Issue 74) [a re-working of an unpublished story, ‘The House of Beauty’, which Christie wrote as a teenager]
Illustrated by Stanley Lloyd
[While the Light Lasts]

SOS: The Grand Magazine, February 1926 (Issue 252)
[The Hound of Death]

Magnolia Blossom: Royal Magazine, March 1926 (Issue 329)
[Problem at Pollensa Bay]

The Under Dog: in U.S. in The Mystery Magazine, April 1926.
First UK appearance The London Magazine, October 1926.
[The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding]

Four and Twenty Blackbirds: in U.S. in The Mystery Magazine, April 1926.
Strand Magazine, March 1941 (Issue 603) under the title ‘Poirot and the Regular Customer’.
[The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding]

The Lonely God: Royal Magazine, July 1926 (Issue 333) [first known publication, although Christie apparently wrote the story before WWI, under the title ‘The Little Lonely God’]
Illustrations by H. Coller
[While the Light Lasts ]

The Rajah’s Emerald: Red Magazine, 30 July 1926 (Issue 420)
Illustrated by Jack M. Faulks
[The Listerdale Mystery]

Swan Song: The Grand Magazine, September 1926 (Issue 259)
[The Listerdale Mystery]

Wireless: Sunday Chronicle Annual, December 1926
[The Hound of Death]

The Love Detectives: The Story-Teller, December 1926 (Issue 236)
Under the title ‘At the Crossroads’
First of a six-story series entitled The Magic of Mr Quin
Plot slightly reworked in Murder at the Vicarage
[Problem at Pollensa Bay]

1927

The Soul of the Croupier: The Story-Teller, January 1927 (Issue 237)
[The Mysterious Mr. Quin]

The World’s End: The Story-Teller, February 1927 (Issue 238)
(under the slightly abbreviated title of ‘World’s End’)
[The Mysterious Mr. Quin]

The Edge: Pearson’s Magazine, February 1927 (Issue 374)
[While the Light Lasts]

The Voice in the Dark: The Story-Teller, March 1927 (Issue 239)
[The Mysterious Mr. Quin]

The Last Seance: The Sovereign Magazine, March 1927 (Issue 87)
Under the title ‘The Stolen Ghost’
[The Hound of Death]

The Face of Helen: The Story-Teller, April 1927 (Issue 240)
[The Mysterious Mr. Quin]

Harlequin’s Lane: The Story-Teller, May 1927 (Issue 241)
[The Mysterious Mr. Quin]

The Tuesday Night Club: The Royal Magazine, December 1927 (Issue 350)
First in a six-part series.
Illustrated by Gilbert Wilkinson
[The Thirteen Problems]

1928

The Idol of the House of Astarte: The Royal Magazine, January 1928 (Issue 351)
Illustrated by Gilbert Wilkinson
[The Thirteen Problems]

Ingots of Gold: The Royal Magazine, February 1928 (Issue 352)
Illustrated by Gilbert Wilkinson
[The Thirteen Problems]

The Blood-Stained Pavement: The Royal Magazine, March 1928 (Issue 353)
Illustrated by Gilbert Wilkinson
[The Thirteen Problems]

Motive versus Opportunity: The Royal Magazine, April 1928 (Issue 354)
Illustrated by Gilbert Wilkinson
[The Thirteen Problems]

The Thumb Mark of St. Peter: The Royal Magazine, May 1928 (Issue 355)
Illustrated by Gilbert Wilkinson
[The Thirteen Problems]

A Fruitful Sunday: Daily Mail, 11 August 1928
[The Listerdale Mystery]

Double Sin: Sunday Dispatch, 23 September 1928
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

Wasp’s Nest: Daily Mail, 20 November 1928
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The Unbreakable Alibi: Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, December 1928, Holly Leaves (Christmas Issue)
This formed the basis for Chapter 19 of Partners in Crime (1929).

1929

The Third Floor Flat: Hutchinson’s Adventure & Mystery Story Magazine, January 1929
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

The Dead Harlequin: The Grand Magazine, March 1929 (Issue 289)
[The Mysterious Mr. Quin]

The Golden Ball: Daily Mail, 5 August 1929, as part of Playing the Innocent
[The Listerdale Mystery]

Next to a Dog: Grand Magazine, September 1929 (Issue 295)
[Problem at Pollensa Bay]

Accident: Sunday Dispatch, 22 September 1929 (as part of The Uncrossed Path series)
[The Listerdale Mystery]

The Man From the Sea: Britannia and Eve, Vol. 1, No. 6 (October 1929).
The story was illustrated by Steven Spurrier.
[The Mysterious Mr. Quin]

The Bird with the Broken Wing: no UK magazine printing traced – possibly written to fill out the book? Otherwise c.1929-30
[The Mysterious Mr. Quin]

Sing a Song of Sixpence: Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, December 1929, Holly Leaves (Christmas Issue)
Illustrated by C. Watson
[The Listerdale Mystery]

The Blue Geranium: The Story-Teller, December 1929 (Issue 272)
First of a series of six.
[The Thirteen Problems]

1930-31

A Christmas Tragedy: The Story-Teller, January 1930 (Issue 273)
(under the title: ‘The Hat and the Alibi’)
[The Thirteen Problems]

The Companion: The Story-Teller, February 1930 (Issue 274)
(under the title: ‘The Resurrection of Amy Durrant’)
[The Thirteen Problems]

The Herb of Death: The Story-Teller, March 1930 (Issue 275)
[The Thirteen Problems]

The Four Suspects: The Story-Teller, April 1930 (Issue 276)
First published in U.S. in January 1930 edition of Pictorial Review (vol.31, no.4)
[The Thirteen Problems]

The Affair at the Bungalow: The Story-Teller, May 1930 (Issue 277)
[The Thirteen Problems]

Manx Gold: Daily Dispatch, 23-28 May 1930
Commissioned by the Isle of Man tourist board, the story contained clues to the location of a number of snuff boxes hidden on the Isle of Man, each containing a voucher for the (then not inconsiderable) sum of £100
[While the Light Lasts]

Death by Drowning: Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine, November 1931 (Issue 426)
Illustrated by J.A. May
[The Thirteen Problems]

1932

The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest: Strand Magazine, January 1932 (Issue 493)
Later expanded as ‘The Mystery of the Spanish Chest’
[While the Light Lasts]

The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife: c.1932
[Parker Pyne Investigates]

The Second Gong: Strand Magazine, July 1932 (Issue 499)
Expanded into the later ‘Dead Man’s Mirror’
[Problem at Pollensa Bay]

The Case of the Discontented Soldier: Woman’s Pictorial, 15 October 1932 (Issue 614)
Illustrated by J.A. May
[Parker Pyne Investigates]

The Case of the Distressed Lady: Woman’s Pictorial, 22 October 1932 (Issue 615)
Illustrated by J.A. May
[Parker Pyne Investigates]

The Case of the Discontented Husband: Woman’s Pictorial, 29 October 1932 (Issue 616)
Illustrated by J.A. May
[Parker Pyne Investigates]

The Case of the City Clerk: Strand Magazine, November 1932 (Issue 503)
Under the title: ‘The £10 Adventure’
[Parker Pyne Investigates]

1933-40

Have You Got Everything You Want?: Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine, June 1933
Part one of The Arabian Nights of Parker Pyne
Under the title: ‘On the Orient Express’
[Parker Pyne Investigates]

The Gate of Bagdad: Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine, June 1933
Part two of The Arabian Nights of Parker Pyne
Under the title: ‘At the Gate of Bagdad’
[Parker Pyne Investigates]

The House at Shiraz: Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine, June 1933
Part three of The Arabian Nights of Parker Pyne
Under the title: ‘In the House at Shiraz’
[Parker Pyne Investigates]

The Pearl of Price: Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine, July 1933
Part one of More Arabian Nights of Parker Pyne
Under the title: ‘The Pearl’
[Parker Pyne Investigates]

Death on the Nile: Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine, July 1933
Part two of More Arabian Nights of Parker Pyne
[Parker Pyne Investigates]

The Oracle at Delphi: Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine, July 1933
Part two of More Arabian Nights of Parker Pyne
[Parker Pyne Investigates]

The Hound of Death, The Gypsy, The Lamp, The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Carmichael, The Call of Wings (apparently pre-WWI); First known publication is The Hound of Death (Ocober 1933)
[The Hound of Death]

Miss Marple Tells a Story: written for the National Programme, 11 May 1934
The story was read by Christie herself
It first appeared in print in Home Journal, Volume 6, Issue 64 (25 May 1935) under the title ‘Behind Closed Doors’
[Miss Marple’s Final Cases]

The Case of the Rich Woman: in Parker Pyne Investigates, November 1934
First published in U.S. in August 1932 edition of Cosmopolitan, August 1932 (Issue 554), under th title The Rich Woman Who Wanted Only To Be Happy
[The Thirteen Problems]

In a Glass Darkly: Woman’s Journal, December 1934
[Miss Marple’s Final Cases]

How Does Your Garden Grow?: The Strand, August 1935 (Issue 536)
(illustrated by R. M. Chandler)
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

Problem at Pollensa Bay: Strand Magazine, November 1935 (Issue 539)
[Problem at Pollensa Bay]

Problem at Sea: The Strand, December 1935 (Issue 540)
(under the title of Poirot and the Crime in Cabin 66)
[Poirot’s Early Cases]

Triangle at Rhodes: Strand Magazine, May 1936 (Issue 545)
Under the title: ‘Poirot and the Triangle at Rhodes’
[Murder in the Mews]

The Regatta Mystery (Poirot version): Strand Magazine, June 1936 (Issue 546)
Under the title: ‘The Regatta Mystery’
[Hercule Poirot: Complete Short Stories]

Murder in the Mews: Woman’s Journal, December 1936
(reworking of earlier ‘Market Basing Mystery’)
[Murder in the Mews]

Dead Man’s Mirror: first published in Murder in the Mews (March 1937)
Expanded version of earlier ‘The Second Gong’
[Murder in the Mews]

The Incredible Theft: first published in Murder in the Mews (March 1937)
Expanded version of earlier ‘The Submarine Plans’
[Murder in the Mews]

Yellow Iris: Strand Magazine, July 1937 (Issue 559)
Expanded into the later Sparkling Cyanide
[Problem at Pollensa Bay]

The Dream: Strand Magazine, February 1938 (Issue 566)
[The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding]

The Nemean Lion: Strand Magazine, November 1939 (Issue 587)
[The Labours of Hercules]

The Lemaean Hydra: Strand Magazine, December 1939 (Issue 588)
[The Labours of Hercules]

The Regatta Mystery (Parker Pyne version): in U.S. in The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (1939)
[Problem at Pollensa Bay]

The Arcadian Deer: Strand Magazine, January 1940 (Issue 589)
[The Labours of Hercules]

The Erymanthian Boar: Strand Magazine, February 1940 (Issue 590)
[The Labours of Hercules]

The Augean Stables: Strand Magazine, March 1940 (Issue 591)
[The Labours of Hercules]

The Stymphalean Birds: Strand Magazine, April 1940 (Issue 592)
[The Labours of Hercules]

The Cretan Bull: Strand Magazine, May 1940 (Issue 593)
[The Labours of Hercules]

The Horse of Diomedes: Strand Magazine, June 1940 (Issue 594)
[The Labours of Hercules]

The Girdle of Hyppolita: Strand Magazine, July 1940 (Issue 595)
[The Labours of Hercules]

The Flock of Geryon: Strand Magazine, August 1940 (Issue 596)
[The Labours of Hercules]

The Apples of Hesperides: Strand Magazine, September 1940 (Issue 597)
[The Labours of Hercules]

The Capture of Cerberus (original version): rejected by Strand Magazine c. October 1940
[Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks]

1942-1971

The Case of the Caretaker: Strand Magazine, January 1942 (Issue 613)
[Miss Marple’s Final Cases]

The Tape-Measure Murder: Strand Magazine, February 1942 (Issue 614)
Under the title: ‘The Case of the Retired Jeweller’
[Miss Marple’s Final Cases]

The Case of the Perfect Maid: Strand Magazine, April 1942 (Issue 616)
Under the title: ‘The Perfect Maid’
[Miss Marple’s Final Cases]

Strange Jest: Strand Magazine, July 1944 (Issue 643)
Under the title: ‘The Case of the Buried Treasure’
The last story Christie wrote for Strand
[Miss Marple’s Final Cases]

The Capture of Cerberus (book version): published in The Labours of Hercules (September 1947) [original publication in U.S. in March 1947)
[The Labours of Hercules]

Three Blind Mice: Woman’s Own, 31 December 1948 to 21 January 1949
Later expanded into the play The Mousetrap
[Three Blind Mice (U.S. only)]

Sanctuary: Woman’s Journal, October 1954
Specially written in aid of the Westminster Abbey restoration fund
[Miss Marple’s Final Cases]

The Dressmaker’s Doll: Woman’s Journal, December 1958
[Miss Marple’s Final Cases]

Greenshaw’s Folly: Woman’s Journal, August 1960
[The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding]

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding: first published in collection of the same name, October 1960.
Also known under serial title ‘The Theft of the Royal Ruby’
Extended version of earlier story of the same name
[The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding]

The Mystery of the Spanish Chest: first UK publication in The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (October, 1960) although serialized in U.S. just before.
[The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding]

The Harlequin Tea Set: no known magazine publication. First book appearance is in Winter’s Crimes #3 (Macmillan, 1971)
[Problem at Pollensa Bay]

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18 responses to “Agatha Christie’s Short Fiction: A Chronological List

  1. John from Richmond Texas

    Thank you, just what I was looking for

  2. Hope Cataquet

    Looking for novel or short story where a group of people are at a cave i think and a murder is comitted of course, they are at some rocks or caves on a trip to somewhere i cant remember what country i think Poirot is in it.

    • The only one that springs to mind is Appointment with Death – a novel from the 1930s largely set near the lost city of Petra in Jordan. I don’t know it that counts as a cave, but there’s a lot of skulking around between rocks! Here’s a link to the wikipedia page. If that’s not the one you’re thinking of, hopefully someone else will see your comment and offer a suggestion!

  3. Nate

    The Dead Harlequin: no UK magazine printing traced. (c.1929)
    [The Mysterious Mr. Quin] coud be updated!

    First published in issue 289 of the Grand Magazine in March 1929
    (see wiki for source)

  4. By the way, “The Lonely God” was also apparently pre-WWI (previously known as “The Little Lonely God”) – you have marked this correctly for “Call of Wings” but not for that one

  5. Pat Conolly

    I wonder if you should add the publication info for “Witness for the Prosecution” by saying it was first published Jan 31 1925 in the U.S. magazine Flynn’s Weekly, under the title of “Traitor’s Hands”.

  6. Nate

    Your site is truly a great source. However, The ‘Soul of the Croupier’ isn’t ‘First of a six-story series entitled The Magic of Mr Quin’. The series started one month earlier with ‘At the Crossroads’ (love detectives) in december 1926.

  7. Nate

    I’ve found three missing titles (perhaps a.k.a.’s?) to improve your worthy list:
    1. “The Case of the Caretaker”
    http://www.agathachristie.com/stories/the-case-of-the-caretaker

    2. “The Oracle at Delphi”
    http://www.agathachristie.com/stories/the-oracle-at-delphi-1

    3. “The Case of the Rich Woman”
    http://www.agathachristie.com/stories/the-case-of-the-rich-woman

  8. Nate

    Another short story found:
    Manx Gold: Daily Dispatch, 23-28 May 1930.
    (see wiki ‘while the light lasts)

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