The ABC Murders
To James Watts
One of my most sympathetic friends
UK
Collins, London, Jan. 1936
Dairy Express, Nov.28-Dec.12 1935
US
Dodd Mead, New York, Feb. 1936
Cosmopolitan, Nov. 1935

Plot

There's a serial killer on the loose. His macabre calling-card: to leave the ABC Railway Guide beside each victim's body. But if A is for Alice Ascher, bludgeoned to death in Andover, and B is for Betty Bernard, strangled with her belt on the beach at Bexhill, then who will victim C be?
Hercule Poirot is intrigued by this murderer's mind. Something just doesn't ring true about a psychopath who lays his clues so carefully.

Contents

1. The Letter
2. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
3. Andover
4. Mrs Ascher
5. Mary Drower
6. The Scene of the Crime
7. Mr Partridge and Mr Riddell
8. The Second Letter
9. The Bexhill-on-Sea Murder
10. The Barnards
11. Megan Barnard
12. Donald Fraser
13. A Conference
14. The Third Letter
15. Sir Carmichael Clarke
16. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
17. Marking Time
18. Poirot Makes a Speech
19. By Way of Sweden
20. Lady Clarke
21. Description of a Murderer
22. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
23. September 11th. Doncaster
24. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
25. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
26. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
27. The Doncaster Murder
28. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
29. At Scotland Yard
30. (Not from Captain Hastings' Personal Narrative)
31. Hercule Poirot Asks Questions
32. And Catch a Fox
33. Alexander Bonaparte Cust
34. Poirot Explains
35. Finale

Characters

Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings, Alice Ascher, Franz Ascher, Mary Drower, Elizabeth "Betty" Barnard, Megan Barnard, Donald "Don" Fraser, Sir Carmichael Clarke, Lady Charlotte Clarke, Franklin Clarke, Thora Grey, George Earlsfield, Alexander Bonaparte Cust, Dr. Thompson, Insp. Crome, Chief Insp. James Japp

Colonel Anderson, Insp. Wells, Dr. Kerr, Superintendent Carter, Capstick, Insp. Glen, Insp. Kelsey, Sergeant Jacobs, Jameson, Colonel Jerome, Mary Stroud, Strange, Bert Smith, Roger Emmanuel Downes, Deveril, Police Constable Dover, Tom, Tom Hartigan, James Partridge, Mr. Barnard, Geoffrey Parnell, Harry, Milly Higley, Mrs. Fowler, Briggs, Sam Baker, Ball, Lily Marbury, Mrs. Marbury, Miss Merrion, Insp. Rice, Mr. Leadbetter, Albert Riddell, Katherine Royal, Miss Rose, Dick Willows, Curdie, George, Platt, Edie, Mabel Homer, Capper, Mr. Court, Mr. Brunskill, Sir Lionel, Stoneman, Dr. Logan, Hill, Lord Trenchard, Lucas, Maynard, Cole

Films & TV

The Alphabet Murders, US, 1965
Film list
The ABC Murders, ITV/UK, 1992
Agahta Christie's POIROT IV
ABC satsujin-jiken, NHK/JP, 2004
Meitantei POIROT to MARPLE
ABC satsujin-jiken, JP, 2005
TV drama list
Les meurtres ABC, FR, 2009
Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie Saison 1
Grandmaster, India, 2012
Film list

UK/US covers

Collins / HarperCollins


Dodd,Mead


Pocket Books


Penguin


Berkley


Pan


others


Magazine


Audio


Game


Western Europe covers

ABC contre Poirot

French index


ABC mysterie / Het ABC-mysterie

Dutch index


Die Morde des Herrn ABC / ABC-Fahrplan / ABC-Morde

German index


Audio


Northern Europe covers

ABC-morden

Swedish index


ABC mordene

Danish index


Audio


Mord etter alfabetet

Norwegian index


Aikataulukon arvoitus

Finnish index


Audio


ABC-leyndarmálið

Icelandic index


ABC mõrvad

Estonian index


Žmogžudystė pagal abėcėlę / ABC žmogžudystės / Detektyvo ABC

Lithuanian index


Southern Europe covers

La serie infernale

Italian index


Los asesinatos del ABC / El misterio de la guía de Ferrocarriles

Spanish index


Assassinats per ordre alfabètic


Os Crimes ABC / Os Crimes do ABC / O ABC do Crime / Mensagens Sinistras

Portuguese index

Os Crimes ABC


Os Crimes do ABC


Os ABC do Crime


Mensagens Sinistras


Η υπογραφή του δολοφόνου (Φόνοι σε αλφαβητική σειρά)

Greek index


ABC / АБЦ убиства / ABC ubistva / Ubistva po abecedi

former Yugoslavia index


Ubojstva po abecedi

former Yugoslavia index


Umori po abecedi

former Yugoslavia index


Ubojstva po abecedi

former Yugoslavia index

Азбучните убиства

former Yugoslavia index


Eastern Europe covers

Vraždy podľa abecedy

Slovak index


Vraždy podle abecedy

Czech index


Audio


Az ABC-gyilkosságok / Poirot és az A.B.C.

Hungarian index


Азбучни убийства / Азбучните убийства

Bulgarian index


A.B.C.

Polish index


Audio


Crimele A.B.C. / Ucigaşul ABC

Romanian index


Вбивства за алфавітом

Убийство по алфавиту / В алфавитном порядке / Убийство в алфавитном порядке

Russian index


Middle East & Asian covers

მკვლელობა ანბანის მიხედვით

Cinayet Alfabesi / Dilsiz Tanık

Turkish index


תעלומת האלפא ביתא

Hebrew index


جرائم الأبجدية ⁄ جرائم الحروف الهجائية ⁄ أبجدية القتلى ⁄ القاتل الخفي ⁄ الجرائم الأبجدية

Arabic index


قتل به ترتیب الفبا ⁄ الفباي جنايتقتل به ترتيب حروف الفباجنايت الفباييالفبا و جنايت ⁄ قتلهای الفبایی

A.P. = anno Persico (Persian year); Persian index


(Hindi) ABC मर्डर्स / (Malayalam) എ ബി സി നരഹത്യകൾ (ABC Narahathyakal) / (Marathi) द एबीसी मर्डर्स


Mengenal si Pembunuh / Pembunuhan ABC

Indonesian index


ฆาตกรรม เอ.บี.ซี ⁄ ฆาตกรรมวิปริต ⁄ เอบีซีฆาตกรรม

Thai index


CHUỖI ÁN MẠNG A.B.C

Vietnamese index


ABC謀殺案 / ABC怪案 / ABC系列谋杀案 / ABC殺人案 / ABC谋杀案

Chinese index

ABC謀殺案


ABC怪案


ABC系列谋杀案


ABC殺人案


ABC谋杀案


english


ABC殺人事件

Japanese index


Audio


ABC살인사건

Korean index


other languages