Today marks the 125th anniversary of Dame Agatha Christie’s birth, on September 15, 1890. She was always one of my favorite writers – I started reading Miss Marple stories in 4th grade, and have read 25 of her crime novels since then. At least, I’ve read 25 of them that I can remember reading – I think there may actually be a few more! I hope one day to actually finish all 82. (In addition to 82 crime novels and short story collections, she also wrote an autobiography, 6 romance novels using the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and 19 plays)
When I first discovered Agatha Christie’s novels, they had to be Miss Marple or I wouldn’t even pick them up. Tommy and Tuppence wouldn’t do, and I was not interested in reading about Hercule Poirot. I’m not sure what changed along the way, but Poirot is now my favorite Agatha Christie detective, and possibly my favorite fictional detective of all time. I love his interactions with Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp, the unflappable Miss Lemon, and Ariadne Oliver. As many books as I have left to read in her cannon, there are a few favorites that I re-read every so often. I can usually find some clue I missed the first time through, and it always feels like a visit to an old friend.
Are you a fan of Agatha Christie? If so, do you have a favorite or least favorite sleuth, or a favorite novel? I’d love to hear about it!