Biography: Agatha Christie was born in England in 1890. She was an accomplished pianist but her shyness caused her to step away from a musical career. She married in her early twenties and had a daughter. Her husband left her for a younger woman after which she married an archaeologist two years later. She wrote over one hundred novels over 56 years of which 66 were detective novels, from the early Mysterious Affair at Styles written in 1916 to Murder on the Orient Express in 1934. She became a Dame of the British Empire in 1971 and died five years later. At the time of her death, she was the best-selling English novelist of all time.

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