My MOST FAVORITE LEGENDARY AUTHOR : AGATHA CHRISTIE ONE OF THE BEsT MYSTERY WRITERS
Good morning friends,
Hope you are enjoying a great weekend. When it comes to my favorite genre of books, it’s undoubtedly the mysteries and thrillers. Agatha Christie happens to be my most favorite mystery writers. I wish I was born in her era and had an opportunity to meet the genius. This feature is a tribute to a woman who created history in the field of English literature.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (née Miller) was born on 15 September 1890 at Torquay, Devon, England. She had written 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections. Two of her most memorable fictional detectives are Hercules Poirot and Miss Marple. I love both of them. Their method of crime detection and sharp observational skills help in sending the cleverest criminals behind bars. She had also written the world’s longest- running play, ‘ The Mousetrap’ performed in The West End in 1952 under the pseudonym ‘ Mary Westmacott.’ She was made a Dame ( DBE) ( Dame of British Empire) in 1971 for her contribution to the English literature. Initially, she didn’t succeed in her career as a writer. She faced six rejections before her first work, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring the detective Hercules Poirot was published in 1920. She married Archibald Christie in 1914 and had a child before ending her marriage in 1928. She gained her knowledge on various kinds of poisons that she mentioned in her novels by serving in medical dispensaries during both the world wars. Her second marriage to archaeologist Max Mallowan took place in 1930.
Achievements of Agatha Christie
She is the most translated individual author according to Index Translationum.
Her book ‘ And Then There Were None’ has sold a hundred million copies, making it one of the best sellers till date.
Agatha Christie has also made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for being the best selling fiction writer of all times with her novels selling more than two billion copies.
Christie became the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award in 1955 followed by Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award for best play. She was voted the best crime writer in 2013 and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd the best crime novel ever by 600 professional novelists of the Crime Writers’ Association.
Agatha Christie has made every woman proud by carving a niche for herself in an occupation that was previously dominated by men.
ABOUT HER BOOKS
The first book of Hercules Poirot was written in the middle of the first World War in 1916 and published in 1920. It was ‘ The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ featuring Hercule Poirot, a Belgian refugee from the war, Chief Inspector Japp and Arthur Hastings.
The other books in the series are :
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
The Murder on the Links (1923)
Poirot Investigates (1924, ss)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
The Big Four (1927)
The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928)
Black Coffee (1930 play) (A novelization by Charles Osborne was published in 1998.)
Peril at End House (1932)
Lord Edgware Dies (1933) also published as Thirteen at Dinner
Murder on the Orient Express (1934) also published as Murder in the Calais Coach
Three Act Tragedy (1935) also published as Murder in Three Acts
Death in the Clouds (1935) also published as Death in the Air
The A.B.C. Murders (1936) also published as The Alphabet Murders
Murder in Mesopotamia (1936)
Cards on the Table (1936)
Murder in the Mews (1937, ss) also published as Dead Man’s Mirror
Dumb Witness (1937) also published as Poirot Loses a Client
Death on the Nile (1937) also published as Murder on the Nile and as Hidden Horizon
Appointment with Death (1938)
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938) also published as Murder for Christmas and as A Holiday for Murder
The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (1939, ss)
Sad Cypress (1940)
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940) also published as An Overdose of Death and as The Patriotic Murders
Evil Under the Sun (1941)
Five Little Pigs (1942) also published as Murder in Retrospect
The Hollow (1946) also published as Murder after Hours
The Labours of Hercules (1947, ss)
The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (1948, ss)
Taken at the Flood (1948) also published as There Is a Tide
Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (1950, ss)
The Under Dog and Other Stories (1951, ss)
Mrs McGinty’s Dead (1952) also published as Blood Will Tell
After the Funeral (1953) also published as Funerals are Fatal
Hickory Dickory Dock (1955) also published as Hickory Dickory Death
Dead Man’s Folly (1956)
Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960, ss)
Double Sin and Other Stories (1961, ss)
The Clocks (1963)
Third Girl (1966)
Hallowe’en Party (1969)
Elephants Can Remember (1972)
Poirot’s Early Cases (1974, ss)
Curtain (written about 1940, published 1975) also published as Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case)
Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories (1991, ss)
The Harlequin Tea Set (1997, ss)
While the Light Lasts and Other Stories (1997, ss. SS means Short story.
Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster, is a resident of the village of St. Mary Mead. She is an amateur consulting detective who made her first appearance in a short story published in The Royal Magazine in December 1927, as ‘ The Tuesday Night Club’. Her first novel was ‘ The Murder at the Vicarage in 1930 and her final appearance was in Sleep Murder, 1976.
Her books in order are:
|The Murder at the Vicarage||(1930)|
|The Body in the Library||(1942)|
|A Murder is Announced||(1950)|
|Do It With Mirrors||(1952)|
|A Pocket Full of Rye||(1953)|
|4:50 From Paddington||(1957)|
|The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side||(1962)|
|A Caribbean Mystery||(1964)|
|At Bertram’s Hotel||(1965)|
Agatha Christie passed away on 12th January 1976. However, her legacy continues to live. She will always be immortal and live in the hearts of her fans forever. She is a source of inspiration to the women writers and I salute her creative genius.
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