Did you know it was Agatha Christie’s birthday today? Yep! That’s right!
The infamous murder mystery/detective fiction author was born on this day, September 15th, 1890 in Torquay, a seaside town in Devon, England.
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Wild!!
My personal favorite books from her are the Poirot series.
Here are some fun facts:
- She hid a manuscript for three decades inside a bank vault detailing the fictional Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.
- Agatha had a great love for archaeology it inspired three of her most famous novels, Murder on the Orient Express (1934), Murder in Mesopotamia (1936), and Death on the Nile (1937).
- Did you know Christie and her first husband were among the first in England to attempt surfing?
- Christie learned her poisons while working as an “apothecaries’ assistant” during World War I and at the University College Hospital.
- Like many writers, she based many of her characters on real people. Famously, Miss Marple was based on Christie’s grandmother.
That’s pretty neat, right?
It would be kind of cool to collect her books again. Did you know that HarperCollins recently collected only the Miss Marple ones into a single volume? It weighs more than 15 pounds and has a total of 4,000 pages!
I highly recommend checking out the official online home for Agatha Christie for more fun facts, books, shops, and much more.