Agatha Christie is one of the most popular crime novelists of all time and the popularity of the murder mystery genre owes much to her legacy. She is well known for more than 60 detective novels which depict the investigations of Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, as well as Tommy and Tuppence.
Agatha Christie was born into an upper middle class family and she served in a hospital during World War I. At first, as so many authors find, she found it hard to get her work noticed but her first book was published in 1920 by Bodley Head. This was the Mysterious Affair at Styles, which is also the first time that we meet Hercule Poirot.
The Guinness Book of Records states that Agatha Christie is the best selling novelist of all time, having sold 4 billion copies of her books so far. Many of her books have been adapted for radio, video games, comics and television. More than 30 films have been made based on her characters.
Between 1926 and 1928 Agatha Christie didn’t publish any books due to problems in her personal life, including a divorce. Thankfully from 1930 onwards she again became prolific. Although she is well known for her novels, Agatha Christie also had a wide interest in archeology and she visited various excavation sites all over the world uncovering ancient relics. Many of her books contain archeological references because of this interest. She traveled extensively and, again, the plots and stories in her books reflect this.
Agatha Christie is surpassed in sales only by the Bible and William Shakespeare, which is an astonishing achievement. Our own Murder Mystery Events contain many references to her work, it’s almost impossible to work in this genre without that happening.
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