Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, the most popular detective since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime and her works have sold over two billion copies - 80 crime books, 30 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
`One of Agatha's best. Nicely characterised; delicious red herrings; infinite suspense - and a shocking surprise finish.' Observer
`Writing Crooked House was pure pleasure and I feel justified in my belief that it is one of my best.' Agatha Christie
`Her sleight of hand is impeccable.' New Statesman
`Knock-out!' Saturday Review of Literature
`We all go where [Agatha Christie] led; you can track us in her snow.' (Reginald Hill, author of the Dalziel and Pascoe mysteries