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5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Guide to the Queen of Crime, 4 Aug 2009
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Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on 15 September 1890, and died 12 January 1976. A ruthless woman, in her long life she killed well over one hundred people. And the whole world loves her for it.

Following an unhappy marriage to Archibald Christie, the woman known the world over as the Queen of Crime met and soon married the archaeologist Max Mallowen. She published her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in 1920, and went on to write over eighty books, which have sold over two billion copies in more than one hundred languages.

With Styles, Christie created the character of the dapper Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. In 1930, she created the elderly spinster Miss Jane Marple. Between them, Poirot and Marple were to solve some of the most complex and heinous crimes in fiction.

Mark Campbell, author of books on Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, and the Carry On... films in the same series, has produced the ideal guide for the interested reader, with each book receiving a brief plot synopsis, notes as to the background, and a capsule review with a mark out of five. In addition, he provides a brief biography of Dame Agatha, and a chronology of her books. There is also a guide to all TV, film, radio, and stage adaptations of her work.

It would be difficult to praise this compact but detailed volume too highly. Succinctly, perceptively, and always honestly, Mark Campbell guides dedicated fan and casual reader alike into the wonderful, complex, and very dangerous world, of the greatest crime writer of them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived straight away, 10 May 2014
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In very good/excellent condition. Handy little book to have a quick review of any agatha book. It is a must have if an agatha fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Staying Alive..., 14 May 2012
This review is from: Agatha Christie (Pocket Essential series) (Kindle Edition)
Much but by no means all of Agatha Christie's body of work appears ubiquitously on TV, so it would be easy to overlook the value and breadth of interest she continues to offer. This book brings her oeuvre to life, and invaluably complements her autobiography and the listings found in modern editions of her novels.
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