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Agatha Christie, the 'Duchess of Death', produced eighty books, including sixty-six novels and detective fictions, and fourteen of short stories as well as poetry and suspense drama. At the height of her career she published two or three books a year; they have been sold and translated in more than a hundred countries, with sale reaching a billion in the original English and another billion in translation. Bibliographic Citation link. Her work is identified with meticulously constructed plots and ingenious misdirection. UNESCO reported in August 1961 that she was the world's best-selling author writing in English. Bibliographic Citation link. Her famous sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, hide their amazing ability beneath an unimpressive exterior.
15 September 1890 Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller (later AC) was born at her family's home, Ashfield, in Torquay. Bibliographic Citation link.
1926 AC published The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, a detective novel which pioneered the device whereby the narrator turns out to be the murderer. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
25 November 1952 AC's play The Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London: adapted from the title story in her Three Blind Mice, and Other Stories, 1948. It was still playing in 2014, as the longest-running show in the world. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
12 January 1976 AC died at her home, Winterbrook House in Wallingford. Bibliographic Citation link.
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