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Agatha Christie - Biography & Works


The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The Secret Adversary

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie (1890-1976), the famous English writer of mystery novels and short stories, is best known as the creator of detective Hercule Poirot, and Miss Jane Marple characters.

Agatha Christie was born Agatha May Clarissa Miller in Torquay, county of Devon, England in 1890. Her father Frederick Miller died while Agatha was child, and she was educated at home by her mother Clarissa Miller.

Agatha Christie went to school in Paris at age of sixteen to study music. She married Archibald Christie in 1914, and they had a daughter called Rosalind in 1919.

Agatha worked in a hospital during World War I, and at that time she came up with the idea of writing a detective novel. Agatha Christie's first detective novel, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles”, introduced her most famous character the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and it was based partly on her nursing experience. Hercule Poirot appears in more than 30 of Christie’s novels. The novel is published in our literature collection.

The second famous detective character created by Christie, was Miss Marple and elderly English woman, who solved mysteries with her infallible intuition. Miss Marple appears in 17 of Agatha Christie’s novels.

In 1926 Archibald Christie asked Agatha for divorce. She married the British archaeologist, Max Mallowan in 1930.

Agatha Christie wrote over 66 novels, many short stories and screenplays, and even a series of romantic novels. Her works were made into successful movies and have been translated into more than a 100 languages. Agatha Christie is without a doubt the most popular mystery writer of all time.

Agatha Christie became a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. She died on January 12, 1976.

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