Agatha Christie- Queen of Mystery
A mystery novel is never intriguing if its not deep and mesmerising. For a mystery or crime novel to successfully kill you, it should have cover story that fits nicely in every crevice and groove. It must have suspense that should persist till the right moment. And, it should have surprises, something unique that only the most genius of readers can fathom it would take place. Surprisingly, we have a winner, a novelist who clearly and successfully appreciates all the three objectives in her novels. The novelist is none other than Agatha Christie.
Something about Agatha
Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie was born on September 15th, 1890 into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. Initially, she was unsuccessful in getting her work published. But in 1920, The Bodley Head press published her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. That set the wheels of her literary careee into motion.
She wrote 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections and sold roughly 2 billion copies. Her estate claims that her books are world’s third most widely published books and she remains the most translated author of all time. Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics. More than thirty feature films have been based on her work.
And then there were none: This novel was voted as ‘World’s Favourite Christie’ in 2015. It revolves around ten people who have been gathered at a mysterious island by an unknown host. Its a regular get together when suddenly, peculiar things start happening and everyone is suddenly fighting for their lives.
The Unexpected Guest: A driver who comes to a lonely house asking for help, finds himself amidst murder of the host. He must save himself from being convicted and also save those who are wrongly taking the blame for it.
The novels of Agatha revolve around special protagonists who see things in a better perspective and solve mysteries. Notable characters include Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple,Ariadne Oliver, Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford.Share