Author Thursdays - Agatha Christie
"I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest."
I wonder if there are any book lovers who did not read Agatha Christie's crime mysteries while growing up. Agatha Christie, often called as the Queen of Crime can be accused of immortalizing the crime solvers Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple forever in our minds.
I remember reading her oh-so-many novels in school without ever getting bored. The best thing about her books was - they were not too long, crisp, the right amount of humour and oodles of mystery. I personally liked Miss Marple cases way more than Hercule Poirot because solving through intuition and her observation of the human race was far more impressive to me.
She died in 1976 and the last book that was published was "Poirot's Last Case" in Oct 1975. This book had created shock waves among her book lovers for Hercule Poirot dies at the end of the book. New York Times had actually published a full page obituary for Hercule Poirot!
In her lifetime, Agatha Christie sold more than 4 billion copies of her books and has been translated to atleast 103 foreign languages. She also wrote short stories, and dramas. She wrote romance novels under the name Mary Westmacott.
Agatha Christie's books had a major effect on my reading habits when I was growing up. Even today, she finds new fans of her writing with her excellent novels. Good news is I can see many of her books being sold actively around us. Pick one and treat yourself to some excellent murder mysteries!
Did You Know?
According to Guinness Book of World Records, she is the best-selling author of all times - only after The Bible and William Shakespeare.