Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was a British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best remembered for her 66 detective novels and more than 15 short story collections.
Dame Agatha Christie was born on September 15, 1890 in Devon, England. Under the surname of her first husband, she wrote more than 70 detective novels, featuring the Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, or the inquiring village lady, Miss Marple.
Though she also wrote romance novels (under the name Mary Westmacott), Christie's success as an author of mysteries has earned her the the title the 'Queen of Crime'.
Devon, England, a manor house called Greenway, the estate where Agatha Christie spent nearly every summer from 1938 until her death in 197
Christie’s life had settled into a comfortable routine: part of the year was spent at her house in Wallingford, near Oxford, and part on excavations in the deserts of Iraq and Syria with her second husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan
Agatha Christie was the greatest exponent of the classical detective story. Her unique literary talents have crossed every boundary of age, race, class, geography and education.
Agatha was greatly devoted to her husband and his career, accompanying him on digs and fulfilling the role of junior assistant: cleaning and repairing objects, matching pottery fragments and cataloguing finds. She became very expert, and was much respected by Max's[her husband] colleagues for her painstaking and skilled work.
There had been mysterious episode where Christie disappeared from home for ten days. In Christie’s novels, the murder that sets the plot in motion is rarely shocking. Furthermore, the victim is ordinarily someone with whom we do not sympathize.
"Agatha, who was very conscious of being fifteen years older than her husband, traveled everywhere with her moisturizer and it was just the right consistency for cleaning artifacts," said Henrietta McCall, author of "The Life of Max Mallowan: Archaeology and Agatha Christie."
To celebrate the 120th anniversary of her birth, her grandson, Mathew Prichard, revealed how she worked: she would make copious notes in dull-looking exercise books and devise fiendish ways of dispatching victims.
'She was such a prolific writer that people tend to associate the image of an older lady writing books like Poirot with the name Agatha Christie. 'But when she was younger she was actually a very accomplished surfer, and one of the first I know of from the UK.'' said Peter Robinson from the Museum of British Surfing.
Born Agatha Miller, naturally shy and brought up in a cosseted Edwardian home in the seaside town of Torquay, she toddled in the shadow of older siblings. (“Agatha’s so terribly slow” was the family consensus on Christie as a child.)In adolescence, Christie enjoyed reading mysteries — Sherlock Holmes and Anna Katharine Green’s “The Leavenworth Case”