Agatha Christie-Queen of crime writers
A unique writer of mysteries, Agatha Christie worked as staff nurse in military hospitals.
Creator of eccentric police detective.
Agatha Christie 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 Poirot, an eccentric retired Belgian police detective. Soon, Poirat became much popular household name in those days. 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 detail with deep concentration and intuition. ‘Sleeping Murder’ published in 1976 was her last work.
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 establishing a record as the longest running show with fully packed house in the history of English Theater.
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 were 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.
During the World Wars, she served as a staff nurse in military hospitals. The experience she gained in nursing stood by her to acquire a fair knowledge on poisons and drugs which featured in several of her works.
The Queen of Crime Writers passed away in January 1976 at the age of 85 after 55 years of writing career.