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Who was Agatha Christie?
Dame Agatha Christie DBE (Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire which she was awarded in 1971 by Queen Elizabeth II), was born on 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976. She was an English writer, who during her lifetime wrote 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections.
Some of her most well known work revolves around her fictional detectives, the most notable being Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world’s longest running play, the murder mystery The Mousetrap, which has been ongoing since 1952.
Agatha Christie was in her heyday during what is known as the “Golden Age of Detective Fiction”, and Christie herself has been called the “Queen of Crime”/”Queen of Mystery”. She is listed in the Guinness World Records as the best-selling fiction writer of all time, having sold more than two billion copies.
She has also written six romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott.
15th September 1890 in Toquay, Devon, UK
Died on 12 January 1976, aged 85
Agatha Christie’s novels are predominantly Mystery, Thrillers and Crime.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
Hercule Poirot #1
Published by The Bodley Head
4.00 out of 5 on Goodreads
Sleeping Murder (1976)
Miss Marple #12
Published by Collins Crime Club
3.97 out of 5 on Goodreads
Below you can find out more about the book series that Agatha Christie has done, and the best reading order for them.
Agatha Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award in 1955.
She has been named “Best Writer of the Century” and her Hercule Poirot series was named “Best Series of the Century” at the 2000 Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.
2018, Guinness World Records listed Agatha Christie as the best-selling fiction writer of all time.
I don’t know. I don’t know at all. And that’s what’s frightening the life out of me. To have no idea….”
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