13 July 2005

Queen of Crime Writers:

Agatha Christie Agatha Christie, a renowned mystery writer, had to her credit nearly 100 mystery novels, 21 plays, short story collections and two-volume autobiography. She also wrote six romantic novels under the name Mary Westamacott proving her versatility in writing. Her books have been sold over two billion copies and translated into more than 60 foreign languages. Her work, “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” has alone sold more than a million copies. Her play “The Mousetrap” has been staged since 1952 in England established a record as the longest running show with fully packed house in the history of English theatre. Among her stories which were filmed was the box-office smash “Murder on the Orient Express”. The film which won an Academy Award featured leading stars of the time Sean Connery and Ingrid Bergman. Other great works which filmed were “Witness for the Prosecution”, “Death on the Nile”, and “Evil under the Sun”. It was the revolutionary “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” published in 1926 which attracted the attention of numerous readers. She also wrote an entertaining account of many archaeological expeditions which she had shared with her husband, Max Mallowan, a noted archaeologist. Agatha Christie was born at Torquay, a fashionable coastal resort in England on 15 September 1890. She was educated at home by private tutors. She learnt music at Paris. During the 1st and 2nd World Wars she served as a staff nurse in military hospitals. She started her writing career in her early twenties. She wrote her first novel titled “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” in 1915. In this novel she introduced Hercule Poirat, an eccentric retired Belgian police detective. Miss Jane Marple, a shrewd and inquisitive woman was another great sleuth and investigator featured in several of her works. She examined the crimes in details with deep concentration and intuition. “Sleeping Murder” published in 1976 was her last work. In 1954, the mystery writers of America honored her with the Grand Master of Crime Award. Agatha Christie won her country’s highest honour,"Order of Dame Commander of British Empire” in 1971. Agatha was nicknamed as “Duchess of Death”. The Queen of Crime Writers Passed away in January1976 at the age of 85 after 55 years of writing career.
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