The Queen of Crime stories who lived an equally mysterious life - Agatha Christie.

Who is Agatha Christie?

If you have ever found yourself even lurking around the genre of murder mystery and crime, chances are you've stumbled upon Agatha Christie more than once. The Queen of crime weaved together over 66 novels and 15 short stories excluding the ones she did in her pseudonym [Yes she used an Alias!]. she was also a playwright and one of her plays Mousetrap has earned the reputation of the longest play to ever run. She wrote Best-selling books such as 'And Then There Were None' and 'The mystery of the blue train' and openly voiced that the latter was the worst book she had ever written. She was never fond of clicking author pictures and preferred to stay behind the curtains and let her stories speak for themselves. While she succeeded in keeping her readers open-mouthed and bewitched with her work, she also led a life loaded with plot-Twists which could not go unnoticed.

It all started with a dare.

Agatha Christie's life was full of challenges she had taken on for herself. Her mother was against education until she had reached the age of eight, yet she taught herself to read at the age of five! Her first novel 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles' resulted from the dare that she had accepted given by her sister. She was dared to write a full-fledged novel instead of the short stories that she had been writing. Her older sister, Madge, and the six publishers who rejected her first book had underestimated the novelist who later on sold over 2 billion copies in print.

Who was Mary Westmacott?

Agatha Christie wrote Six novels under her pseudonym, Mary Westmacott. She derived the name ‘Mary’ from her middle name and ‘Westmacott’, is said to be the name of her some distant relative. However, Mary Westmacott wasn't the only alias that Agatha Christie used while submitting her work. The working of the human mind and the psychology behind it inspired her alias, Mary Westmacott. Agatha Christie found a sense of freedom when she wrote under this name as she wrote six romance novels; a genre she wasn't particularly known for. Absent in the spring [1944] was one of the renowned books under the pseudonym.

Find Agatha Christie.

In 1926 a manhunt of somewhere around 10,000 to 15,000 volunteers was carried out to find Agatha Christie. She had disappeared for 11 whole days without leaving behind any trace but only an abandoned car. The car that was found near the silent pool where some of her fictional characters had drowned. It was some time after her husband Archie had disclosed that he was in love with someone else and wanted a divorce. After an extensive nationwide hunt, they found her in Swan Hydropathic Hotel in Yorkshire under the name of the woman his husband was in love with. However, Agatha Christie said that she had no memory of what she had done in those 11 days. Her family believed that she was suffering from amnesia while her angry fans argued that it was a publicity stunt. Nevertheless, she was keen on being tight-lipped about the events and had not mentioned it even in her autobiography.

Failed at smoking

There was a time when smoking was socially acceptable and even considered a matter of importance in elite parties. Owing to this recognition from the popularization of tobacco after World War I. Agatha Christie tried to join the bandwagon and smoked every day for 6 months after dinner, only to find herself disappointed. She later said how she couldn't pick up the habit of smoking despite her several attempts.

Poison over guns.

Agatha Christie hand-picked the ways she would kill her characters. She favoured old-fashioned and little-known poisons over violence. She volunteered in a Hospital pharmacy during World War I and became familiar with these drugs and poisons. She then injected this in-depth knowledge of pharmaceuticals in her stories to kill her innocent victims.

She was shy and soft-spoken but also traveled around the world and was one of the first British women to surf while standing up. Her work is translated into more than 103 languages and has kept her readers turning the pages. The author of 'Murder on the Orient Express' and many other stories was just as mysterious as her love for mystery.

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