Why is Agatha Christie so famous

Agatha Christie: Those were your most famous characters

Agatha Christie died 40 years ago. She created Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. But she was not only known for that

On January 12, 1976, it wasn't just crime fans around the world who mourned: The "Queen of Crime", Agatha Christie (1890-1976), died 40 years ago. She had written 66 detective novels and 14 short stories. The British works have sold an estimated four billion times worldwide. The writer, born in 1890 as Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, was particularly known for two characters.

Your heroes

Christie is considered the only crime writer who has managed to invent two equally famous and beloved characters: Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. The well-known detective is said to have created her after the example of her maternal grandmother.

Special obituary

Christie's cult detective Hercule Poirot received a special honor. When the author took him around the corner, he got an obituary in the "New York Times" - on the front page.

Deceptively real

How close Christie's works were to reality also proves that even experts were deceived: With her work "N or M?" from 1941 dealt with the secret service. In the book, a character named Major Bletchley claims he knows British war secrets. A good friend of Agatha Christie, Dilly Knox, was an employee of Bletchley Park, the seat of the military service responsible for deciphering German communications. So was Knox chatting? After all, the fictional character is named after Bletchley. To MI5, Knox denied that he had revealed any secrets and when asked about the name, Christie replied, "Bletchley? Gosh, I got stuck on the train there, on the way from Oxford to London, and took revenge for it, in to which I named one of my least lovable characters. "

Your "worst" book

For Christie himself, "The Mystery of the Blue Train" was "the really worst book I've ever written" according to agathachristie.com. The play "Witness for the Prosecution", on the other hand, was her favorite piece as far as her own work was concerned.

She also wrote romance novels

As well as writing crime novels, Christie wrote six romance novels. However, under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. She could keep it a secret for twenty years.

Poison Expert

That Christie knows about poisons is easy to see in her books. And there is a reason for this: after she had given up her music studies in Paris, she worked as a nurse for the British Red Cross in the local hospital, and later in a pharmacy. During this time she gained a lot of experience with poisons.

True crime in Christie's life

Her own life also had a lot to offer in terms of drama: the writer disappeared for eleven days in 1926. Her mother had previously died and it was also revealed that her husband was having an affair. Christie got in the car and was gone, they say. The car was found later and the police expected the worst. The writer was searched for in Seen, and her husband's phone was tapped. A total of 15,000 volunteers reportedly took part in the search. Eleven days after she disappeared, Christie reappeared in a hotel. To this day, nobody knows where she was in the meantime. By the way, she checked into the hotel with the surname of her husband's lover ...

Not just a writer

Christie's second husband, Max Mallowan, was a famous British archaeologist whom she often accompanied on excavations. She then played his assistant, cleaning objects, putting together shards of pottery and cataloging finds. The many trips to the Middle East also influenced her works.

Agatha Christie and surfing

But the writer had another occupation that she enjoyed: She also seemed to have enjoyed surfing. Allegedly, she tried it in Hawaii as early as 1922. She is said to have been one of the first Brits to pursue this hobby.

Lights went out

The day Agatha Christie died 40 years ago, the lights went out for an hour at the West End Theater in London. Her last public appearance was in 1974 at the premiere of the film "Murder on the Orient Express".