The final POIROT omnibus, featuring the last four appearances of the detective's side-kick, the sleuthing crime novelist Ariadne Oliver: Third Girl, Hallowe'en Party, Elephants Can Remember and The Pale Horse. Previous paperback omnibuses for Agatha Christie have proven very popular, outselling the standard editions without harming their sales Designed to match the new Christie livery, bringing Hercule Poirot into the 21st Century New market research shows that Agatha Christie is 'THE NATION'S FAVOURITE DETECTIVE WRITER' (almost 30 per cent of votes), with Conan Doyle second (20 per cent) and Patricia Cornwell third (16 per cent - conducted for MGM by tickbox.net) Two out of three of all fiction readers have read an Agatha Christie book, and more than half want to read her again Coincides with new Poirot adaptations commissioned by ITV1 The character of Ariadne Oliver was based on Agatha Christie herself, and also inspired the TV series Murder She Wrote The two Ariadne Oliver volumes complete the series of ten POIROT omnibuses.
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.