Agatha Christie

[Mary Westmacott] (1890 - 1976)

Agatha Christie
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Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, (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, most of which revolve around the investigations of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple and Tommy and Tuppence.

Born to a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, Christie served in a hospital during the First World War before settling into married life with her first child in London. Although initially unsuccessful at getting her work published, in 1920, ... more »

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  • ''One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.''
    Agatha Christie (1890-1976), British mystery writer. As quoted in Wit and Wisdom for the Peanut Butter Gang, by H. Jackson Brown (1994).
  • ''These little grey cells. It is "up to them."''
    Agatha Christie (1890-1976), British mystery writer. Hercule Poirot, in The Mysterious Affair at Styles, ch. 10 (1920). Christie's first detective...
  • ''Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.''
    Agatha Christie (1890-1976), British mystery writer. Hercule Poirot, in The Mysterious Affair at Styles, ch. 11 (1920).
  • There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation!... A human being, Hastings, cannot resist the opportunity to reveal himself and express his personality which conver...
    Agatha Christie (1891-1976), British mystery writer. Poirot, in The ABC Murders, ch. 31 (1936).
  • ''Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.''
    Agatha Christie (1891-1976), British mystery writer. Poirot, in The ABC Murders, ch. 17 (1936).
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