Christie, Agatha: The Man in the Brown Suit

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B O O K R E P O R T B y F l o r i a n K a t z i n g e r AGATHA CHRISTIE The Man in the Brown Suit Perg, 3rd of April 1997 A g a t h a C h r i s t i e is known throughout the world as Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language with another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold by only the Bible and Shakespeare. She is the author of 79 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays and 6 novels written under the name of Mary Westmacott. Agatha Christie was born in Torquay. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was written toward the end of the First World War, in which she served as a VAD. In it she created Hercule Poirot, the little Belgian detective who was destined to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. It was eventually published by The Bodley Head in 1920. In 1926, after averaging a book a year, Agatha Christie wrote her masterpiece. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was the first of her books to be published by Collins and marked the beginning of an author-publisher relationship which lasted for fifty years and well over seventy books. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was also the first of Agatha Christie s books to be dramatised under the name Alibi and to have successful run in the West End. The mousetrap, her most famous play of all, is the longest-running play in history. Agatha Christie was made a Dame in ...

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