Cozy Craze with the Queen of Mystery

As a form of fun, my husband and I went on a book-buying splurge. Since it’s almost May, which marks Mystery Month, we bought some books by Agatha Christie that we found most interesting, most of which involved Hercule Poirot.

  • And Then There Were None
  • Crooked House
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Peril at End House
  • Lord Edgware Dies
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Death in the Clouds
  • The A.B.C. Murders
  • Murder in Mesopotamia
  • Death on the Nile
  • Appointment with Death
  • Evil Under the Sun
  • Five Little Pigs

To assuage my cozy craze (yes, the feeling exists), I’ve compiled some facts about the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie. Her personal life was just as interesting as her novels.

Agatha Christie mysteriously disappeared for eleven days.

December 1926 was a tumultuous time for Christie. Her first husband, Colonel Archibald Christie, admitted to an affair, her mother died, and Christie herself mysteriously disappeared. Eleven days later, police found her staying at a hotel under an assumed name. She never spoke about what happened during those eleven days. Some believed it was a publicity stunt for her novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Next to the Bard, Agatha Christie has sold the most books.

Christie has sold more than 4 billion copies of her books. She wrote 85 books, most of which were detective stories.

Aside from whodunnits, Agatha Christie also wrote plays and romance novels.

Under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels, which she kept secret from the public for twenty years. Christie was also a successful playwright. Her play, The Mousetrap, still plays at theaters across the United States and the United Kingdom.

Agatha Christie, being the sleuth that she was, kept Hercule Poirot’s last case a secret.

Christie kept Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case in a bank vault. She intended to publish the book after her death. Ultimately though, she was persuaded to publish the book in 1975. Interestingly, Hercule Poirot is the only fictional character who has had his own obituary. The New York Times published Hercule Poirot Is Dead; Famed Belgian Detective in August 6, 1975.

Article taken from the New York Times. Photo from tainted-archive.blogspot.com

Upon reading a Japanese translator’s list of favorite Agatha Christie books, Agatha Christie decided to create her own list of favorites.

Here’s her choices, taken from a letter written in 1972 (from agathachristie.com):

“My own ten would certainly vary from time to time because every now and then I re-read an early book for some particular reason, to answer a question that has been asked me perhaps, and then I alter my opinion – sometimes thinking it is much better than I thought it was – or not so good as I had thought.

At the moment my own list would possibly be:

And Then There Were None – a difficult technique which was a challenge and so I enjoyed it, and I think dealt with it satisfactorily.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – a general favourite.

A Murder is Announced – I thought all the characters interesting to write about and felt I knew them quite well by the time the book was finished.

Murder on the Orient Express – again because it was a new idea for a plot.

The Thirteen Problems – a good series of stories.

Towards Zero – I found it interesting to work on the idea of people from different places coming towards a murder, instead of starting with the murder and working from that.

Endless Night – my own favourite at present.

Crooked House – I found a study of a certain family interesting to explore.

Ordeal By Innocence – an idea I had had for some time before starting to work upon it.

The Moving Finger – which I have re-read lately and enjoyed reading it again, very much.”

Hope you’re feeling the cozy crazed now, too. Happy sleuthing!

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