Agatha Christie
Dame Agatha Christie DBE (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was a British crime writer of novel
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s, short stories
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, and plays
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. She also wrote romances
Romance novel
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 under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best remembered for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections (especially those featuring Hercule Poirot
Hercule Poirot
Hercule Poirot is a fictional Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie. Along with Miss Marple, Poirot is one of Christie's most famous and long-lived characters, appearing in 33 novels and 51 short stories published between 1920 and 1975 and set in the same era.Poirot has been portrayed on...

 or Miss Jane Marple), and her successful West End plays.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records
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, Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time.

Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.

"Hercule Poirot|Hercule Poirot" in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)

Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.

The ABC Murders (1936) Ch. 17

I have given them life instead of death, freedom instead of the cords of superstition, beauty and truth instead of corruption and exploitation. The old bad days are over for them, the Light of the Aten|Aton has risen, and they can dwell in peace and harmony freed from the shadow of fear and oppression.

Akhenaten|Akhenaten, as portrayed in Akhnaton (play)|Akhnaton (1937); Christie later revised the play slightly in 1972, and it was published in 1973.

An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.

Christie denied having made this remark, which had been attributed to her by her second husband Sir Max Mallowan|Max Mallowan in a news report (1954-03-09)

Oh dear, I never realized what a terrible lot of explaining one has to do in a murder!

Spider's Web (play)|Spider's Web (1956)

I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest.

Life magazine (1956-05-14)

It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.

Life magazine (1956-05-14)

I have a certain experience of the way people tell lies.

"Miss Marple|Miss Marple" in A Caribbean Mystery (1964) :This is the first story featuring "Hercule Poirot|Hercule Poirot".

The intense interest aroused in the public by what was known at the time as "The Styles Case" has now somewhat subsided. Nevertheless, in view of the world-wide notoriety which attended it, I have been asked, both by my friend Poirot and the family themselves, to write an account of the whole story. This, we trust, will effectually silence the sensational rumours which still persist.

Captain Arthur Hastings|Arthur Hastings

Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.

Hercule Poirot