Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie was born on September 15, 1890in Torquay, Devon, UK to a wealthy family. She is an English crime writer, romance novelist and short story author. Her mysteries were characterized by Hercule Poirot, Tommy and Tuppence and Miss Jane Marple.
Christie was unsuccessful in getting her work published until 1920 when The Bodley Head press published The Mysterious Affair at Syles featuring Hercule Poirot. Her literary career was off and running. Christy is the most famous novelist of all time. She has sold over four billion copies of her books and she is also the most translated individual author. Her bestselling novel And Then There Were None is the world's bestselling mystery. For her contributions to literature she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II.
Her stage play The Mousetrap is the longest running play. It opened on November 25, 1952 and is still running after more than 25,000 performances. Christie is the recipient of the Mystery Writers of America, The Grand Master Award and an Edgar Award for the best play. Many of her books are subjects of films and adapted for television and radio.
Christie's murder novels have twists and turns keeping her readers in suspense. Her books The Witness for the Prosecution, The Man I the Brown Suit and Murder on the Orient Express have her murderer escaping justice. She had the knack of making the unlikeliest character guilty. Readers could determine who the villain was by identifying the least likely suspect. Her books are fun and take the reader into realms that they might never discover.
Christie was married twice. Once to Archibald Christie who left her for another woman and to Max Mallowan from 1930 until her death on January 12, 1976. She had one daughter and a grandson who still holds the rights to her works.