Agatha Christie is an English writer, famous worldwide for her crime mystery novels. She is the creative genius behind detectives Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and Tommy and Tuppence. She has written 66 novels and more than 15 short story collections. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all times.
As a little girl, she would act out her stories, proving herself to have great imagination. However, she only started writing after her sister challenged her to do so. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles was written in order to prove her sister wrong. Publishing houses refused the novel, only The Bodley Head was interested in publishing, but only if she altered the ending. She unwillingly did so, and her first book hit the shelves. She received kind reviews, and Hercule Poirot was on his way to becoming a beloved character.
Agatha Christie’s Main Characters
Hercule Poirot, a former Belgian police officer, has appeared in 33 of Agatha Christie’s novels and 55 of her short stories. Just like fellow writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha became tired with her detective, resisting, however, the urge of killing him off. By the end of 1930, Agatha wrote in her diary that she found Poirot to be “insufferable” and by the end of 1960, she found him “egocentric”. It’s interesting however, that Poirot is the main character of so many of her books. The explanation is that she wrote most of the novels in which he appeared at the beginning of her career. Hercule Poirot is the only fictional character to be given an obituary in the New York Times.
Unlike of Poirot, Agatha Christie was fond of Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster which first appeared in the short story The Thirteen Problems and was the protagonist of 12 novels and 20 short stories. She is an amateur detective, with a knack for making parallels between different stories and tying casual comments with cases at hand.
Books such as the Murder in the Orient Express, Murder at the Vicarage, And Then There Were None, Murder on The Nile, and Death in the Clouds, are only a few examples of the mystery books that fascinated the world, giving everyone a chance to try and solve crimes. Agatha Christie is indeed an exquisite writer, that creates psychological suspense and cold murders that impress the reader. What’s your favorite Agatha Christie novel?
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