“Outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare, Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play - The Mousetrap.” - agathachristie.com
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE lived for 86 years (15 September 1890 - 12 January 1976) and is the bestselling author of mystery novels featuring her characters Hercule Pirot and Miss Marple. Her play, “The Mousetrap” began running in 1952 and the curtains only closed in 2020 when the house went dark because of COVID-19. In 1971, she was recognized by Queen Elizabeth for her contribution to literature and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Agatha Christie is the best-selling fiction writer of all time. She has sold more than two billion copies of her works to date, but if you’re not familiar with this master of mystery, your Abilene Public Library can help you with her classics.
Agatha Christie created several beloved characters, but also some lesser known ones. She wrote 4 novels and a short story collection surrounding 2 characters named Tommy and Tuppence. These two characters are young people who meet just after WWI while both are searching for work. Together they decide to create a plan to form ’Young Adventurers Ltd’ - "Willing to do anything. Go anywhere...No unreasonable offer refused." They become detectives and solve multiple mysteries all while life happens to them. Agatha Christie has them marry and then in time they have three children all while solving mysteries, becoming international spies, juggling bills, creditors, and daily life. They are the only characters that age in their series and their time frames are from 1918-1970s. The books and series are available in multiple formats at Abilene Public Library.
Hercule Poirot is one of Agatha Christie’s most colorful characters. He is a Belgian detective who is petit, obsessive about his appearance and wears a startling mustache. He is the subject of 33 novels, 50 short stories and two plays. These works were written between 1920 and 1975, but unlike Tommy and Tuppence who aged with Christie herself, Poirot remains somewhat ageless in his novels even though he dies in his last book. Poirot was played by 12 different actors over the years with the most popular being David Suchet who played Poirot for 24 years. Poirot has been adapted from film to radio, audio recording, television and anime. This show can be seen or read from a variety of sources and found at your Abilene Public Library.
Miss Marple is the most beloved character of Agatha Christie and is featured in 18 crime novels and two short stories. Jane Marple is an elderly spinster who lives in the fictional village of St. Mary Mead and is a self-trained detective. Miss Marple mysteries were written between 1930 and 1976. Miss Marple has been played by 12 actresses over the years with the most notable being Helen Hayes and Angela Lansbury for American audiences. Angela Lansbury took the British series and remade it into an American television series called “Murder She Wrote” in which she starred and played a leading role in production of the series for 12 seasons. Other adaptations include a Korean Miss Marple and Japanese anime versions of the beloved character. Miss Marple can be read, seen or listened to from a variety of formats at your Abilene Public Library.
So if a little classic mystery would liven your life right about now, let your Abilene Public Library help - we’re happy to help you whisk away to another place and time!
Article Contributed by Janet Bailey, Technical Services Manager, Main Library