Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie (Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer.

She was home-schooled and taught herself to read from a very young age. After her father’s death, Agatha was sent to Miss Guyer’s Girls School in Torquay, Devon, in 1902. Later, in 1905, she was sent to three different boarding schools in Paris.

With the outbreak of World War I, she married Archibald Christie, an army officer, on the afternoon of Christmas Eve of 1914. During WWI, she served as a voluntary nurse in a Devon hospital, and began writing detective fiction. In 1919, Agatha gave birth to a daughter, and her first novel was published in the following year. However, she would only gain recognition in 1926, upon the publication of her novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. In 1928, she divorced. Two years later, Agatha married Max Mallowan, an archaeologist thirteen years her junior. They remained married until her death.

During the World War II, Agatha worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, in London. In 1971, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).

Books

Hercule Poirot Novels

  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
  • The Murder on the Links (1923)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
  • The Big Four (1927)
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928)
  • Peril at End House (1932)
  • Lord Edgware Dies (1933)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (1934)
  • Three Act Tragedy (1935)
  • Death in the Clouds (1935)
  • The A.B.C. Murders (1936)
  • Murder in Mesopotamia (1936)
  • Cards on the Table (1936)
  • Dumb Witness (1937)
  • Death on the Nile (1937)
  • Appointment with Death (1938)
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938)
  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940)
  • Sad Cypress (1940)
  • Evil Under the Sun (1941)
  • Five Little Pigs (1942)
  • The Hollow (1946)
  • Taken at the Flood (1948)
  • Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (1952)
  • After the Funeral (1953)
  • Hickory Dickory Dock (1955)
  • Dead Man’s Folly (1956)
  • Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)
  • The Clocks (1963)
  • Third Girl (1966)
  • Hallowe’en Party (1969)
  • Elephants Can Remember (1972)
  • Curtain (1975)
  • Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly (2014, written in 1954 to raise money for a church)

The Poirot Short Story Collections

  • Poirot Investigates (1924)
  • Murder in the Mews (1937)
  • The Labours of Hercules (1947)
  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960, Poirot and Miss Marple short stories)
  • Poirot’s Early Cases (1974)

Miss Marple Books

    • The Murder at the Vicarage (1930)
    • The Body in the Library (1942)
    • The Moving Finger (1942)
    • A Murder is Announced (1950)
    • They Do It with Mirrors (1952)
    • A Pocket Full of Rye (1953)
    • 4:50 From Paddington (1957)
    • The Mirror Crack’d (1962)
    • A Caribbean Mystery (1964)
    • At Bertram’s Hotel (1965)
    • Nemesis (1971)
    • Sleeping Murder (1976)

Miss Marple Collections

  • The Thirteen Problems (1932)
  • Miss Marple’s Final Cases (1979)

Tommy and Tuppence Books

  • The Secret Adversary (1922)
  • Partners in Crime (1929)
  • N or M? (1941)
  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968)
  • Postern of Fate (1973)

Superintendent Battle Books

  • The Secret of Chimneys (1925)
  • The Seven Dials Mystery (1929)
  • Cards on the Table (1936)
  • Murder is Easy (1939)
  • Towards Zero (1944)

Standalone Novels

  • The Man in the Brown Suit (1924)
  • Giant’s Bread (1930, as Mary Westmacott)
  • The Sittaford Mystery (1931)
  • Unfinished Portrait (1934, as Mary Westmacott)
  • Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (1934)
  • And Then There Were None (1939)
  • Absent in the Spring (1944, as Mary Westmacott)
  • Death Comes as the End (1944)
  • Sparkling Cyanide (1945)
  • The Rose and the Yew Tree (1947, as Mary Westmacott)
  • Crooked House (1949)
  • They Came to Baghdad (1951)
  • A Daughter’s a Daughter (1952, as Mary Westmacott)
  • Destination Unknown (1954)
  • The Burden (1956, as Mary Westmacott)
  • Ordeal by Innocence (1958)
  • The Pale Horse (1961)
  • Endless Night (1967)
  • Passenger to Frankfurt (1970)

Short Story Collections

  • The Mysterious Mr. Quin (1930)
  • The Hound of Death (1933)
  • The Listerdale Mystery (1934)
  • Parker Pyne Investigates (1934)
  • The Regetta Mystery and Other Stories (1939)
  • The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (1948)
  • Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (1950)
  • The Under Dog and Other Stories (1951)
  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960)
  • Double Sin and Other Stories (1961)
  • Star Over Bethlehem and Other Stories (1965)
  • The Golden Ball and Other Stories (1974)
  • Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories (1991)
  • The Harlequin Tea Set (1997)
  • While the Light Lasts and Other Stories (1997)

Non-Fiction Books

  • Come, Tell Me How You Live (1946, travel book)
  • Agatha Christie: An Autobiography (1977)
  • The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery (2012, letters)

Poetry

  • The Road of Dreams (1924)
  • Star Over Bethlehem (1965, poetry and short stories)
  • Poems (1973)

About her

  • Agatha Christie: A Biography, by Janet Morgan (1984)
  • Agatha Christie, by Gillian Gill (1990)
  • Agatha Christie, by Monika Gripenberg (1994)
  • Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days, by Jared Cade (1998)
  • Agatha Christie, by Laura Thompson (2007)
  • Agatha Christie: The Finished Portrait, by Andrew Norman (2007)
  • Duchess of Death: The Unauthorized Biography of Agatha Christie, by Richard Hack (2009)
  • Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks, by John Curran (2009)
  • Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie, by Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau, and Alexandre Franc (2014, graphic novel)
  • A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie, by Kathryn Harkup (2015)
  • A Talent for Murder, by Andrew Wilson (2017, novel)
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