Who hasn’t heard of Miss Marple or Hercule Proirot? But how many of you know anything about author who created these characters and more?
This autobiography shares a life like no other. She was born in the Victorian era, divorced her first husband (Archie Christie), and married a second time to a man (Max Mallowan) years younger than she was.
During all of this, she wrote a detective story on a dare from her sister, and got it published. This was the start of an amazing career spanning years and including mystery novels, short stories, and plays (The Mouse Trap).
Christie was not university educated, but an avid reader and researcher who made her work authentic as well as entertaining. She was also a woman unafraid of taking risks, like traveling alone on the Orient Express to the Middle East when one didn’t do such things.
This remarkable woman’s autobiography should be on the bookshelf of all mystery readers or writers. – L. M. Quinn