Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

"One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is to have a happy childhood. I had a very happy childhood."

So reads the opening sentences in Agatha Christie's autobiography which she wrote between the ages of 60 and 75. The biography below draws on Agatha Christie's own recollections of her life but also the official published biographies by Laura Thompson and Janet Morgan.

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller (September 15, 1890 January 12, 1976) was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigations of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite, and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. She wrote the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap.

Born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, Christie served in a hospital during the First World War, before marrying and starting a family in London. She was initially unsuccessful at getting her work published; but in 1920 The Bodley Head press published her novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring the character of Hercule Poirot. This launched her literary career.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind Shakespeare's works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author having been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time. In 1971, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

In 2013, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writers' Association.

Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the record for the longest initial run: it opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November 1952 and as of 2012 is still running after more than 25,000 performances. In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's highest honour, the Grand Master Award, and in the same year Witness for the Prosecution was given an Edgar Award by the MWA for Best Play. Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics, and more than thirty feature films have been based on her work.


The 4:50 From Paddington / What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw - Amateur Sleuth

The A.B.C. Murders - Private Investigator

A Caribbean Mystery - Amateur Sleuth

A Fairy in the Flat - Mystery

A Fruitful Sunday - Mystery

A Murder Is Announced - Amateur Sleuth

A Pocket Full of Rye - Amateur Sleuth

A Pot of Tea - Mystery

A Star over Bethlehem and Other Stories - Suspense

The Ambassador's Boots - General Fiction

Accident - General Fiction

The Actress - General Fiction

The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly - Mystery

The Adventure of the Cheap Flat - Mystery

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding - Private Investigator

The Adventure of the Clapham Cook - Mystery

The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb - Mystery

The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman - Mystery

The Adventure of the King of Clubs - Private Investigator

The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger - Mystery

The Adventure of the Western Star - Mystery

The Affair at the Bungalow - Mystery

The Affair at the Victory Ball - Mystery

The Affair of the Pink Pearl - Suspense

And Then There Were None - Thriller

And Then There Were None / Ten Little Indians - Suspense

Appointment With Death - Private Investigator

At Bertram's Hotel - Amateur Sleuth

At the 'Bells and Motley' - General Fiction

The Big Four - Private Investigator

Bird with the Broken Wing - General Fiction

Black Coffee - Mystery

Blindman's Buff - General Fiction

The Blood-Stained Pavement - Mystery

Blue Geranium and Other Stories - Suspense

The Blue Geranium - Mystery

The Body in the Library - Amateur Sleuth

By the Pricking of My Thumbs - Private Investigator

The Call of Wings - General Fiction

Cards on the Table - Private Investigator

The Case of the Caretaker - Mystery

The Case of the City Clerk - General Fiction

The Case of the Discontented Husband - General Fiction

The Case of the Discontented Soldier - Mystery

The Case of the Distressed Lady - General Fiction

The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife - Mystery

The Case of the Missing Lady - Mystery

The Case of the Missing Will - Mystery

The Case of the Perfect Maid - Mystery

The Case of the Rich Woman - General Fiction

Cat Among the Pigeons - Private Investigator

The Christmas Tragedy and the Four Suspects - Suspense

The Chocolate Box - Mystery

The Clocks - Private Investigator

Clues to Christie - Mystery

Come, Tell Me How You Live - General Fiction

The Coming of Mr. Quin - Mystery

Companion - General Fiction

The Cornish Mystery - Mystery

The Crackler - General Fiction

Crooked House - Suspense

Curtain - Private Investigator

The Dead Harlequin - Mystery

Dead Man's Folly - Private Investigator

Dead Man's Mirror - Private Investigator

Death by Drowning - General Fiction

Death Comes As the End - Suspense

Death in the Clouds / Death in the Air - Private Investigator

Death on the Nile - Private Investigator

Destination Unknown / So Many Steps to Death - Suspense

The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim - Mystery

The Double Clue - Mystery

Double Sin - Suspense

Double Sin and Other Stories - Private Investigator

The Dream - Mystery

The Dressmaker's Doll - General Fiction

Dumb Witness / Poirot Loses a Client - Private Investigator

Early Novels, The Mysterious Affair at Styles and Secret Adversary - Mystery

Easy to Kill - Suspense

The Edge - Mystery

Elephants Can Remember - Private Investigator

Endless Night - Suspense

Evil Under the Sun - Private Investigator

The Face of Helen - General Fiction

Fatal - Suspense

Finessing the King - Mystery

Five Little Pigs / Murder in Retrospect - Private Investigator

The Floating Admiral - Suspense

Four and Twenty Blackbirds - Suspense

The Fourth Man - General Fiction

Funerals Are Fatal / After the Funeral - Private Investigator

The Gate of Baghdad - Mystery

The Gentleman Dressed in Newspaper - Mystery

The Gipsy - General Fiction

The Girl in the Train - Mystery

The Golden Ball - Mystery

The Golden Ball and Other Stories - Suspense

Greenshaw's Folly - Mystery

Halloween Party - Private Investigator

The Harlequin Tea Set - Suspense

The Harlequin Tea Set And Other Stories - Suspense

Harlequin's Lane - General Fiction

Have You Got Everything You Want? - General Fiction

The Herb of Death and Other Stories - Suspense

Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly - Private Investigator

Hercule Poirot's Casebook - Suspense

Hercule Poirot's Christmas / Murder for Christmas / A Holdiay for Murder - Private Investigator

Hercule Poirot's Early Cases - Private Investigator

Hickory Dickory Dock / Hickory Dickory Death - Private Investigator

The Hollow / Murder After Hours - Private Investigator

The House at Shiraz - Mystery

The House of Dreams - General Fiction

The House of Lurking Death - Mystery

The Hound of Death - General Fiction

How Does Your Garden Grow? in Garden of Deadly Delights - Mystery

The Idol House of Astarte - Mystery

In the Cool of the Evening - Mystery

The Incredible Theft - Suspense

Ingots of Gold - Mystery

The Island - Mystery

Jane in Search of a Job - Mystery

The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan - Mystery

The Kidnapping of Johnny Waverly - Mystery

The Kidnapped Prime Minister - Mystery

The King of Clubs - Mystery

Labours of Hercules - Private Investigator

The Lamp - General Fiction

The Last Seance - General Fiction

The Lemesurier Inheritance - Mystery

Listerdale Mystery and Other Stories - Mystery

Little Grey Cells - Mystery

The Lonely God - General Fiction

Lord Edgware Dies / Thirteen at Dinner - Private Investigator

The Lost Mine - Mystery

The Love Detectives - Suspense

Magnolia Blossom - Mystery

Man from the Sea - General Fiction

The Man in the Brown Suit - Suspense

The Man in the Mist - Mystery

The Man Who Was No. 16 - General Fiction

The Manhood of Edward Robinson - Mystery

Manx Gold - General Fiction

The Market Basing Mystery - Mystery

Masterpieces of Mystery and the Unknown - General Fiction

Miss Marple - General Fiction

Miss Marple Investigates - Suspense

Miss Marple Tells a Story - Mystery

Miss Marple's Final Cases - Amateur Sleuth

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Amateur Sleuth

The Million Dollar Bond Robbery - Suspense

Motive v. Opportunity - Mystery

The Mousetrap and Other Stories - Suspense

The Moving Finger - Amateur Sleuth

Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective / Parker Pyne Investigates - Suspense

Mrs. McGinty's Dead - Private Investigator

Murder at Hazlemoor - General Fiction

The Murder at the Vicarage - Amateur Sleuth

Murder in Mesopotamia - Private Investigator

Murder in the Mews - Private Investigator

Murder Is Easy - Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Private Investigator

The Murder on the Links - Private Investigator

Murder on the Orient Express - Private Investigator

Murder With Mirrors / They Do It With Mirrors - Amateur Sleuth

Murders Abroad - General Fiction/>

My Flower Garden - Suspense

The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge - Mystery

The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest - Mystery

The Mystery of the Blue Jar - Mystery

The Mystery of the Blue Train - Private Investigator

The Mystery of the Cheap Flat - Mystery

The Mystery of the Plymouth Express - Mystery

The Mystery of the Spanish Chest - Mystery

The Mystery of the Spanish Shawl - Mystery

The Mysterious Affair at Styles - General Fiction

The Mysterious Mr. Quin - Suspense

N or M? - Private Investigator

The Naughty Donkey - Mystery

Nemesis - Amateur Sleuth

Next to a Dog - Mystery

On the Case With Inspector Poirot - Suspense

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe / Patriotic Murders / An Overdose of Death - Private Investigator

The Oracle at Delphi - Mystery

Ordeal by Innocence - Suspense

The Pale Horse - Suspense

Partners in Crime - Private Investigator

Passenger to Frankfurt - Suspense

The Pearl of Price - Mystery

Peril at End House - Private Investigator

Philomel Cottage - Mystery

The Plymouth Express - Mystery

Poirot and the Regatta Mystery - Mystery

Poirot Investigates - Private Investigator

Poirot's Early Cases - General Fiction

Postern of Fate - Private Investigator

Problem at Pollensa Bay - General Fiction

Problem at Sea - Mystery

Promotion in the Highest - Mystery

The Rajah's Emerald - Mystery

The Red Signal - Mystery

The Regatta Mystery - Mystery

The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories - Private Investigator

Remembrance - Suspense

S.O.S. - General Fiction

Sad Cypress - Private Investigator

Sanctuary - Mystery

The Scoop and Behind the Screen - Suspense

The Second Gong - Mystery

The Secret of Chimneys - Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

The Secret Adversary - Private Investigator

The Seven Dials Mystery - Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

The Shadow on the Glass - Mystery

The Sign in the Sky - General Fiction

Sing a Song of Sixpence - Suspense

The Sittaford Mystery / The Murder at Hazelmoor - Mystery

Sleeping Murder - Amateur Sleuth

Starring Miss Marple - Suspense

Sparkling Cyanide / Remembered Death - Suspense

Spider's Web - General Fiction

Star Over Bethlehem - Mystery

The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Carmichael - General Fiction

Strange Jest - Mystery

The Sunningdale Mystery - General Fiction

The Soul of the Croupier - General Fiction

The Submarine Plans - Mystery

Surprise! Surprise! - Suspense

Swan Song - Mystery

Taken at the Flood / There is a Tide - Private Investigator

The Tape Measure Murder - Amateur Sleuth

The Theft of the Royal Ruby - Mystery

They Came to Baghdad - Suspense

The Third-Floor Flat - Mystery

Thirteen Clues for Miss Marple - Amateur Sleuth

Third Girl - Private Investigator

Thirteen for Luck - Suspense

The Thirteen Problems / The Tuesday Club Murders / Thirteen at Dinner - Amateur Sleuth

Three Act Tragedy / Murder in Three Acts - Private Investigator

Three Blind Mice and Other Stories - Private Investigator

Three Puzzles for Poirot - Suspense

The Thumbmark of St. Peter - Suspense

The Tragedy of Marsdon Manor - Mystery

Triangle at Rhodes - Mystery

Towards Zero - Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

The Tuesday Night Club - Mystery

The Unbreakable Alibi - General Fiction

The Under Dog and Other Stories - Private Investigator

The Unexpected Guest - Suspense

The Veiled Lady - Mystery

Voice in the Dark - General Fiction

The Water Bus - Mystery

Wasps' Nest - Mystery

Yellow Iris - Mystery

While the Light Lasts - General Fiction

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? / The Boomerang Clue - Suspense

Wireless - General Fiction

Within a Wall - General Fiction

The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories - Suspense

The Woman of Kenite - Mystery

World's End - General Fiction

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