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A Good Place To Start

The Murder at the Vicarage 2
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 1
Murder on the Orient Express 1
And Then There Were None 1
They Do It with Mirrors (also known as Murder with Mirrors) 1

A Bad Place To Start

Curtain 1
Death Comes as the End 1


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Agatha Christie

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vitawallace January 27th, 2006 11:02 PM PST

Has anyone never read Agatha Christie? I remember when I first read one when I was nine. It was The Murder at the Vicarage, featuring Miss Marple, and I still think she's one of the best detectives of all.


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This is the biography that appears at the end of "The Seven Dials Mystery": "Agatha Christie is the world's best-Known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English Language and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 80 novels and short story collections, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest-running play in history. Agatha Christie also wrote under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. As well, she wrote four non-fiction books including an autobiography and an entertaining account of many expeditions she shared with her archaeologist husband, Sir Max Mallowan. Agatha Christie died in 1976."

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