Agatha Christie was born in Devon in 1890. Her first novel to be published was 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles' in 1920. Known as 'The Queen of Crime', Christie wrote 78 crime novels, many of which feature the popular characters Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.
Her books have sold over 2 billion copies around the world, making her the best-selling novelist in history. She also holds the Guiness World Record for the 'world's best-selling fiction writer'. Only the Bible and the works of William Shakespeare have sold more books than she has.
Christie wrote the play 'The Mousetrap' which ran continuously on the West End from 1952 until March 2020, when Covid forced the production to stop temporarily.