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Happy Birthday Agatha Christie!

Agatha ChristieToday is Agatha Christie’s birthday (real name Mary Clarissa Agatha Miller). It is a special day for all mystery book readers.. It was the day when the queen of mystery and suspense was born. September 15, 1890.

Many of us readers of mystery novels grew up with her books and we consider her tales classics, and with good reason. Even the Guinness Book of World Records has her name under the heading ‘the best selling novelist of all times’. Books like Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile,  And Then There Were None and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd are permanently etched in our hearts and minds as examples of well crafted mysteries that not many authors could recreate after her. Hercules Poirot is one of the most popular fiction detectives to date.

During her life Agatha Christie wrote around 80 mystery novels, 30 short story collections, along with 15 plays and a few romances written under  pen name.

In honor of her birthday, the The Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath has been the first place to host an Agatha Christie murder mystery event, on the 14th of September with dinner, mystery and fun all in one package. If I were in the UK during these days, I would have gone yesterday as well. Maybe next year.

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  1. She was a great puzzle crafter, but above all a skilled and engaging storyteller–a fact that those who disparage the Christie “formula” neglect.

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