The Queen of Crime
Agatha Christie is known all over the world as the Queen of Crime. She wrote 78 crime novels, 19 plays and 6 romantic novels. Her books have been translated into 103 foreign languages. She is the third best-selling author in the world (after Shakespeare and the Bible).
She began writing at the end of the First World War. Her first novel, the Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published in 1920. That was the first appearance of Hercule Poirot, who became one of the most popular private detectives since Sherlock Holmes.
Agatha Christie became generally recognized in 1926, after the publishing of her novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. It is still considered her masterpiece.
When Agatha Christie got tired of Hercule Poirot she invented Miss Marple, a deceptively mild old lady with her own method of investigation.
Her last Poirot book, Curtain, appeared shortly before her death, and her last Miss Marple story, Sleeping Murder, and her autobiography were published after her death.
Agatha Christie’s language is simple and good and it is pleasant to read her books in the original.