Agatha Christie was an English crimenovelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigations. She also wrote the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap.
Born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, Christie served in a hospital during the First World War, before marrying and starting a family in London. She was initially unsuccessful at getting her work published; but in 1920The Bodley Head press published her novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring the character of Poirot. This launched her literary career.
The world’s best-selling mystery writer, and often referred to as the “Queen of Crime”, Agatha Christie is considered a master of suspense, plotting, and characterisation. Some critics however regarded Christie’s plotting abilities as considerably exceeding her literary ones. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 4billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world’s most-widely published books.
According to Index Translationum, Christie is the most-translated individual author – having been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie’s best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world’s best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time.