Agatha Christie
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"Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie", Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire/DBE was an English Crime fiction/crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romance novel/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 of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Harley Quin/Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite, and Tommy and Tuppence/Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. She 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 1920 The Bodley Head press published her novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring the character of Hercule Poirot. This launched her literary career.

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