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Agatha Christie
1890 - 1976

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 45 foreign languages. She is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.

She was born Agatha Miller in Torquay, England on September 15, 1890, the daughter of Frederick Alvah Miller and Clarissa Miller. Her father died when she was a child. Agatha was educated at home; her mother encouraged her to write from a very early age. At sixteen she was sent to school in Paris where she studied singing and piano. In 1914 she married Colonel Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. The couple had one daughter, Rosalind, before their divorce in 1928. Archie Christie announced that he had fallen in love with a younger woman, Nancy Neele. That same year, Christie's beloved mother died. The story of Christie's real life mystery in 1926, when she disappeared for a time and lived in a Harrowgate hotel under the name 'Mrs. Neele,' was the basis for the film Agatha.

Christie worked as a nurse during WWI, which helped her learn about prescriptions and poisons -- something which figured strongly in her writing career. After the war, to keep herself occupied during the day, she turned to writing novels and was a hit from her very first detective story. The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduced Hercule Poirot, surely one of the most famous fictional creations of all time. The eccentric Belgian detective triumphed over devious criminals in 33 novels and dozens of short stories, the last of which was Curtain (1975). Christie's other world-famous sleuth, the shrewdly inquisitive, elderly spinster Miss Jane Marple, was a typical English character. But while Poirot used logic and rational methods, Marple relied on her feminine sensitivity and empathy to solve crimes. Marple was featured in 12 novels, the first being Murder At The Vicarage (1930) and the last Sleeping Murder (1977). Both Poirot and Marple have been adapted many times for film and television.

In a writing career that spanned more than 50 years, Agatha Christie wrote a total of 80 novels and short story collections. She also wrote over a dozen plays including The Mousetrap, which opened in London on November 25, 1952, and is now the longest continuously running play in theatrical history.

Agatha Christie also wrote six romantic novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. She wrote nonfiction as well -- four books including an autobiography and an entertaining account of the many archeological expeditions she shared with her second husband, Sir Max Mallowan. In 1967 Christie became president of the British Detection Club, and in 1971 she achieved her country's highest honor when she received the Order of Dame Commander of the British Empire.

Agatha Christie died on January 12, 1976. With over one hundred literary works and 103 foreign language translations, Christie was -- by the time of her death -- the best-selling English novelist of all time.


Works by Agatha Christie

Miss Marple
The Murder at the Vicarage (1930)
The Thirteen Problems (1932) aka The Tuesday Club Murders
The Body in the Library (1942)
The Moving Finger (1943)
A Murder Is Announced (1950)
They Do It with Mirrors (1952) aka Murder with Mirrors
A Pocket Full of Rye (1953)
4.50 from Paddington (1957) aka What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (1962) aka The Mirror Crack'd
A Caribbean Mystery (1964)
At Bertram's Hotel (1965)
Nemesis (1971)
Sleeping Murder (1976)
Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories (1979)
Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories (1985)
Miss Marple Omnibus: Body in the Library, Moving Finger, Murder Is Announced, 4.50 from Paddington (omnibus) (1997)


Hercule Poirot
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
The Murder on the Links (1923)
Poirot Investigates (1924)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
The Big Four (1927)
The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928)
Peril at End House (1932)
Lord Edgware Dies (1933) aka Thirteen at Dinner
Murder on the Orient Express (1934) aka Murder in the Calais Coach
Three Act Tragedy (1934) aka Murder in Three Acts
Death in the Clouds (1935) aka Death in the Air
The ABC Murders (1936)
Cards on the Table (1936)
Murder in Mesopotamia (1936)
Death on the Nile (1937)
Dumb Witness (1937) aka Poirot Loses a Client
Murder in the Mews (1937) aka Dead Man's Mirror
Appointment with Death (1938)
Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1938) aka A Holiday for Murder / Murder for Christmas
Sad Cypress (1940)
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940) aka An Overdose of Death / The Patriotic Murders
Evil Under the Sun (1941)
Five Little Pigs (1942) aka Murder in Retrospect
The Hollow (1946) aka Murder after Hours
The Labours of Hercules (1947)
Taken at the Flood (1948) aka There Is a Tide
Mrs McGinty's Dead (1952) aka Blood Will Tell
After the Funeral (1953) aka Funerals Are Fatal
Hickory Dickory Dock (1955)
Dead Man's Folly (1956)
Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)
The Clocks (1963)
Third Girl (1966)
Hallowe'en Party (1969)
Elephants Can Remember (1972)
Poirot's Early Cases (1974) aka Hercule Poirot's Early Cases
Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (1975)
Hercule Poirot's Casebook (omnibus) (1984)
Black Coffee (1998)
Poirot in the Orient (omnibus) (2001)
The French Collection (omnibus) (2003)
Poirot: The War Years: One,Two Buckle My Shoe, Five Little Pigs, Taken at the Flood (omnibus) (2003)
The Complete Battles of Hastings Volume 1 (omnibus) (2004)
Four Classic Cases (omnibus) (2004)
The Perfect Murders (omnibus) (2004)
The Complete Ariadne Oliver (2005)
The Complete Ariadne Oliver: Volume 2 (2005)
The Post War Years (omnibus) (2005)


Tommy and Tuppence
The Secret Adversary (1922)
Partners in Crime (1929)
N or M? (1941)
By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968)
Postern of Fate (1973)
The Complete Tommy and Tuppence (omnibus) (2002)


Superintendent Battle
The Secret of Chimneys (1925)
The Seven Dials Mystery (1929)
Murder Is Easy (1939) aka Easy to Kill
Towards Zero (1944)
The Complete Superintendent Battle (omnibus) (2002)


Quin and Satterthwaite
The Mysterious Mr Quin (1930)
Love Detectives: The Complete Quin and Satterthwaite (omnibus) (2004)


Parker Pyne
Parker Pyne Investigates (1934) aka Mr. Parker Pyne: Detective
Private Eye: The Complete Parker Pyne (omnibus) (2004)

Colonel Race
The Man in the Brown Suit (1924)
Sparkling Cyanide (1944) aka Remembered Death


Novels
The Sittaford Mystery (1931) aka Murder at Hazelmoor
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1935) aka The Boomerang Clue
And then there were None (1939) aka Ten Little Niggers / Ten Little Indians
Death Comes as the End (1944)
Crooked House (1949)
They Came to Baghdad (1951)
Destination Unknown (1954) aka So Many Steps to Death
Ordeal by Innocence (1958)
The Pale Horse (1961)
Endless Night (1967)
Passenger to Frankfurt (1970)


Novels Written as Mary Westmacott
Giant's Bread (1930)
Unfinished Portrait (1934)
Absent in the Spring (1944)
The Rose and the Yew Tree (1948)
A Daughter's a Daughter (1952)
The Burden (1956)


Plays
The Alibi (1928)
Source: Adapted by Michael Morton from Christie's 1926 novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Black Coffee (1930)
Love From a Stranger (1936)
Source: Adapted by Frank Vosper from Christie's short story "Philomel Cottage"

A Daughter's A Daughter (1937 or 1939)
Source: Original non-mystery play written by Christie under pseudonym of Mary Westmacottt. Later rewritten as the 1952 Westmacott novel A Daughter's A Daughter.

Peril at End House (1940)
Source: Adapted by Arnold Ridley from the 1932 novel Peril at End House.

And Then There Were None (1943)
Source: Adapted by Christie from her 1939 novel Ten Little Niggers, which was later re-titled And Then There Were None.

Appointment with Death (1945)
Source: Appointment with Death,1938

Murder on the Nile (1946)
Source: Death on the Nile,1937

Murder at the Vicarage (1949)
Source: Adapted by Moie Charles and Barbara Toy from the 1930 novel The Murder at the Vicarage.

The Hollow (1951)
Source: Based on Christie's novel The Hollow, 1946.

The Mousetrap (1952)
Source: Adapted by Christie from her 1947 radio play and subsequent short story "Three Blind Mice."

Witness for the Prosecution (1953)
Source: Based on the 1933 short story "Witness for the Prosecution."

Spider's Web (1954)
Towards Zero (1956)
Source: Adapted by Agatha Christie with Gerald Verner from her novel Towards Zero, 1944.

Verdict (1958)
The Unexpected Guest (1958)
Go Back for Murder (1960)
Source: Five Little Pigs, 1943

Rule of Three (1962)
Fiddlers Three (1972)
Source: Original play based on the earlier Fiddlers Five. Never published.

Akhnaton (1973)
A Murder is Announced (1977)
Source: The 1950 novel A Murder is Announced.

Cards on the Table (1981)
Source: Adapted by Leslie Darbon from the 1936 novel Cards on the Table.

Murder is Easy (1993)
Source: Adapted by Clive Exton from the 1939 novel Murder is Easy.


Radio & TV Plays
Wasp's Nest 1937 (Television play)
Source: Original television play

Yellow Iris 1937 (Radio play)
Source: Adapted from the short story "Yellow Iris."

Three Blind Mice 1947 (Radio play)
Butter in a Lordly Dish 1948 (Radio play)
Personal Call 1960 (Radio play)


Collections
The Road of Dreams (poems) (1924)
The Hound of Death and Other Stories (1933)
The Listerdale Mystery and Other Stories (1934)
Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (1939)
Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (1950) aka The Mousetrap
The Underdog: And Other Stories (1951)
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960)
Double Sin and Other Stories (1961)
Star Over Bethlehem (Poems, children's stories, 1965)
The Golden Ball: And Other Stories (1971)
Poems (poems) (1973)
The Mousetrap and Other Plays (1981)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles and the Secret Adversary: An Agatha Christie Omnibus (omnibus) (1988)
Problem at Pollensa Bay: And 7 Other Mysteries (1991)
While the Lights Last and Other Stories (1994)
The Harlequin Tea Set: And Other Stories (1997)
Bound to Talk (omnibus) (2002)
Seven Deadly Sins (omnibus) (2004)
Agatha Christie Crime Pack (omnibus) (2004)
The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (1948)


Non-Fiction
Come, Tell Me How You Live: An Archaeological Memoir (1976)
Agatha Christie: An Autobiography (1977)

Co-authored Works:
The Floating Admiral (1931)
written together with G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers and certain other members of the Detection Club.


Short stories
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook (1923)
The Adventure of 'The Western Star' (1924)
The Adventure of the Cheap Flat (1924)
The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (1924)
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman (1924)
The Case of the Missing Will (1924)
The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim (1924)
The Hound of Death (1924)
The Jewel Robbery at the 'Grand Metropolitan' (1924)
The Kidnapped Prime Minister (1924)
The Lamp (1924)
The Million Dollar Bond Robbery (1924)
The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge (1924)
The Tragedy of Marsdon Manor (1924)
The Under Dog (1929)
At the 'Bells and Motley' (1930)
The Bird with the Broken Wing (1930)
The Coming of Mr Quin (1930)
The Dead Harlequin (1930)
The Face of Helen (1930)
Harlequin's Lane (1930)
The Man from the Sea (1930)
The Shadow on the Glass (1930)
The Sign in the Sky (1930)
The Soul of the Croupier (1930)
The Voice in the Dark (1930)
The World's End (1930)
The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Carmichael (1933)
Accident
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
The Affair at the Bungalow
The Apples of the Hesperides
The Arcadian Deer
The Augean Stables
The Bloodstained Pavement
The Blue Geranium
The Call of Wings
The Capture of Cerberus
The Case of the Caretaker
The Case of the City Clerk
The Case of the Discontented Husband
The Case of the Discontented Soldier
The Case of the Distressed Lady
The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife
The Case of the Perfect Maid
The Case of the Rich Woman
A Christmas Tragedy
The Companion
The Cretan Bull
Dead Man's Mirror
Death By Drowning
Death on the Nile
The Dream
The Dressmaker's Doll
The Erymanthian Boar
The Flock of Geryon
The Four Suspects
Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds
The Fourth Man
A Fruitful Sunday
The Gate of Baghdad
The Gipsy
The Girdle of Hyppolita
The Girl in the Train
The Golden Ball
Greenshaw's Folly
The Gypsy
Have You Got Everything You Want?
The Herb of Death
The Horses of Diomedes
The House at Shiraz
The Idol House of Astarte
In a Glass Darkly
The Incredible Theft
Ingots of Gold
Jane in Search of a Job
The Last Seance
The Lernean Hydra
The Listerdale Mystery
The Manhood of Edward Robinson
Miss Marple Tells a Story
Motive v Opportunity
Mr Eastwood's Adventure
Murder in the Mews
The Mystery of the Blue Jar
The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
The Nemean Lion
The Oracle at Delphi
The Pearl of Price
Philomel Cottage
The Rajah's Emerald
The Red Signal
Sanctuary
Sing a Song of Sixpence
SOS
Srtrange Jest
The Stymphalean Birds
Swan Song
Tape-Measure Murder
The Thumb-Mark of St Peter
Triangle at Rhodes
The Tuesday Night Club
Wireless
The Witness for the Prosecution


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