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Author Spotlight: Agatha Christie


A world-renowned author, Dame Agatha Christie may as well be dubbed the Mistress of Mystery for the wide array of mystery fiction that she has contributed. Christie is also the best-selling novelist of all time.

Agatha Christie was born Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller in Devon, England. Even as a child, she liked acting out stories and enjoyed creating characters. Much like other women of her time, Agatha was educated at home by her mother, who encouraged her to write. She also liked to read at an early age, which separated her from most children. Upon her father’s death when she was 11, she was sent to a girls’ school but found it difficult to adjust to the atmosphere. At 16, she went to Paris to study music and to attend a finishing school.

She returned to Britain in 1910 and started writing and performing in amateur theatre. Her writing extended to poetry and music and her first short story, “The House of Beauty.” This short story was followed by several more, until she decided to embark on writing a novel. Snow Upon the Desert was written based from her experiences vacationing in Cairo, but she was declined by publishers.

In 1913, Agatha met Archibald Christie, whom she quickly fell in love with and married the year after. Archibald was sent to serve in the military at the onset of the First World War, and Christie volunteered as a nurse while her husband was deployed. When the war ended, the couple moved to London.

Having been a longtime fan of mysteries such as Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, Agatha soon started writing her own detective novel. The Mysterious Affair at Styles featured a former Belgian police officer named Hercule Poirot. After several rejections, the manuscript was accepted canadian pharmacy by John Lane at the Bodley Head provided that Agatha changed the ending, to which she obliged. Around the same time, Agatha gave birth to her only daughter, Rosalind Margaret.

The first detective novel was followed by The Secret Adversary (1922), which followed a detective couple named Tommy and Tuppence. Her third novel, Murder on the Links (1923), featured Hercule Poirot once more.

However, the most peculiar of Agatha’s mysteries does not lie in her novels. Agatha disappeared mysteriously in 1926, following Archibald’s request for a divorce. Agatha left a letter to her secretary, claiming she was going to Yorkshire, but she never arrived. Her car was later found at Newland’s Corner. The public outcry from her disappearance was so massive that modafinil online it even made the front page of the New York Times.

Agatha was found 10 days later in Harrogate, Yorkshire, registered as Mrs. Teresa Neele, the name of her husband’s mistress. Agatha had no recollection of the past days of her disappearance. To this day, many still speculate about what could have happened to Agatha Christie in the 10 days of her absence. In quite a fitting manner, the disappearance of the Queen of Mystery remains just as mysterious as the fiction which she is well-known for.

Archibald and Agatha got divorced in 1928, and she gained custody of her daughter, as well as the Christie surname to be used for her writing. She remarried, canadian pharmacy viagra two years later, an archaeologist named Sir Max Mallowan. The couple traveled, which allowed Christie to set her stories in different places. Most were set in the Middle East, including one of her most popular stories, Murder on the Orient Express (1934). Others were also written in Devon, the town where she grew up.

In 1956, Agatha was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and was promoted to Dame Commander in 1971. Her husband was also knighted for his archaeological work in 1968. This meant she could be addressed as “Dame Agatha Christie” or “Lady Mallowan.”

Agatha Christie died of natural causes in 1976. She wrote more than 70 mystery novels and short stories. She also wrote the UK’s most enduring play to date, a mystery called The Mousetrap, which opened in 1952 and hasn’t closed since. Christie’s work (and her life) remains to be a popular subject of many films and television shows.



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