Agatha Christie

in Torquay, Devon, England, The United Kingdom
September 15, 1890

January 12, 1976




Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least 103 languages. She is the creator of two of the most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.


Average rating: 4.0 · 3,801,605 ratings · 198,678 reviews · 2,284 distinct worksSimilar authors
And Then There Were None

4.26 avg rating — 757,834 ratings — published 1939 — 653 editions
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The Mysterious Affair at St...

3.99 avg rating — 233,961 ratings — published 1920 — 2483 editions
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Murder on the Orient Expres...

4.17 avg rating — 350,521 ratings — published 1934 — 26 editions
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Murder at the Vicarage (Mis...

4.06 avg rating — 137,072 ratings — published 1930 — 291 editions
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd...

4.25 avg rating — 138,100 ratings — published 1926 — 410 editions
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Death on the Nile (Hercule ...

4.11 avg rating — 112,410 ratings — published 1937 — 72 editions
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The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule...

4.02 avg rating — 90,525 ratings — published 1936 — 343 editions
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The Man in the Brown Suit (...

3.97 avg rating — 76,983 ratings — published 1924 — 258 editions
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The Body in the Library (Mi...

3.85 avg rating — 61,168 ratings — published 1942 — 53 editions
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Evil Under the Sun (Hercule...

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“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
Agatha Christie

“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them. ”
Agatha Christie, Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

“Very few of us are what we seem.”
Agatha Christie, The Man in the Mist


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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

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Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his “mythic, perfect story” as “one big lie.” But his admission raised more questions than it answered—because he didn’t say who had helped him dope or how he skillfully avoided getting caught.

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The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller, #5) by Michael Connelly

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The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories by Agatha Christie

The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories
Agatha Christie

A murder trial takes a diabolical turn when the wife of the accused takes a stand...A woman's sixth--and a loaded revolver--signal premonitions of doom...A stranded motorist seeks refuge in a remote mansion, and is greeted with a dire warning...Detective Hercule Poirot faces his greatest challenge when his services are enlisted--by the victim--in a bizarre locked-room murder.
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