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Welcome to the Agatha Christie Wikia! We are so glad you decided to drop in on the encyclopaedic home of the Queen of Crime! On this site you will find an ever-growing encyclopaedia of everything associated with Christie. If you're new to Christie's works and want to know which book to read first - it all depends!
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It all depends. If you are looking for a novel or a play, write the British title for it. If you don't know what the original name is, try looking for the novel's name in your language (e.g. L'heure zero for Towards Zero) and it will appear! For now we have translations in Italian, Swedish, French, Czech and German.
What if I am looking for a character?
Let's say you want to know something about Dr Sheppard from The Murder of Roger Ackroyd or Dr Geoffrey Roberts from Cards on the Table. When the character is a doctor, the article can be named in two different ways--when the novel states both the doctor / inspector / etc's name AND last name, the page will be called "name, surname". For example the pages are named James Sheppard for Dr Sheppard and Albert Spence for Superintendent Spence. If the character you are looking has his / her christian names stated in the novel but has the title -lord, then the page will be named Lord Whitfield or Lord Caterham instead of the full name. When the title is -lady, the page will be called with the name and surname of the character. If we only have the last name of the character, it will appear as "Mrs Swettenham", "Dr Constantine", "Superintendent Battle" or "Mr Venables".
- Do you like female sleuths? - then try Murder at the Vicarage - featuring Miss Jane Marple - the unassuming spinster with a mind like a steel trap.
- If you prefer your detectives male (and egotistical Belgians in particular) then Hercule Poirot is your man - start with The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Christie's first novel) or the ground-breaking The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
- If you are looking for some masterpieces of adrenaline, why not check out The Secret Adversary?, the first Christie novel featuring the adventurous couple by the name of Tommy and Tuppence.
- Other Christie gems include The A.B.C. Murders (serial killing with a difference), Cat Among the Pigeons (murder at an elite girls' boarding school), And Then There Were None (10 strangers doomed to die on an island) and Five Little Pigs (was a mother charged with murder, innocent?).
- Or why not explore the world of Mary Westmacott, the nom-de-plume of Christie?, a name under which she wrote six novels completely different from anything she'd done before.
Christie was a truly versatile writer, and her prolific literary career often overshadows her equally successful career as a playwright. To this day Christie remains the only person to have three different plays running in the West End at the same time, one of which, The Mousetrap, is still running, now in it's 61st year! But the best way to enjoy Christie is to find your own favourites - and then discuss them with fellow fans. Why not download the complete chronological list of Christie's novels and short story collections and check off what you've already read? Alternatively Christie's grandson recommends his best Christie Novels.
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Academics create formula to find Agatha Christie killers She's known as the Queen of Crime for her tricky mysteries, but researchers use math to predict her plot twists.
UKTV channel Drama commissioned a team of university research fellows and data analysts to analyze 27 of Agatha Christie’s 83 books, following in the footsteps of her two famous sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.
If Agatha Christie was alive today, she might be inclined to bump off the entire team of academics who’ve created a formula to predict the killers in the Queen of Crime’s mysteries. Known for her red herrings, plot twists and knowledge of poisons, Christie’s secrets are being spilled by the spoilsports who’ve figured out a formula to her crimes. Strangled corpse? Look for a male killer. Country house setting? A woman dunnit. Trains and automobiles point to a female criminal. Airplanes and boats indicate it’s probably a man. In honour of her upcoming 125th birthday, UKTV channel Drama commissioned a team of university research fellows and data analysts to make guessing whodunnit a lot easier. They analyzed 27 of the writer’s 83 books published in her lifetime, following in the footsteps of her two famous sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. “There’s no way Agatha Christie is formulaic, she kept readers guessing,” says Bahram Olfati, senior vice-president of Print at Indigo. The prolific writer threw so many twists at readers that when a new mystery novel comes along “there’s a great chance she’s already done it,” he says. Growing up in England, he saw Christie’s play The Mousetrap four times and fell in love with her mystery-writing skills. The fact that she is one of the book chain’s bestselling authors, even though she’s been dead almost 40 years, shows that new readers are constantly discovering Christie, he says. “The whole point of reading a mystery is to figure it out yourself, says Marzia Del Bianco, Toronto Public Library collections specialist. “That’s why readers like her books; they are interested in sleuthing.” She doesn’t think fans would be interested in using an equation to solve a crime.
The key events in any Christie mystery are early discovery of the body, closed circle of suspects, the detective is introduced, clues abound, the crime is solved and the story is wrapped up quickly, the study says. Major findings: The victim is murdered early in the book, usually within the first 20 per cent. Female killers are featured in stories with car and train travel, while male killers are in books with nautical vehicles and aircraft. Most killers are spouses or blood relatives of the victim — spouses kill from love, relatives have other motives. Strangling is mostly a male method of death and if the killer is a doctor there’s a strong probability of stabbing or strangulation. A country house setting means there’s a 75 per cent chance that the killer will be female. Female killers are discovered due to a domestic item, male killers through information or logic. The academics created a mathematical formula where relationship to the victim, primary transport in the novel, sentiment of language used to describe killer, method, detective, setting, chapter of introduction of killer and number of mentions added up to a fairly predictable solution.
Yes. It was that family. You know them, don’t you? The Dedlees-Leethels? The house down Elmurda Road? The mansion? No? Well, then they might do something behind your back! Be cautious, for their idiosyncrasies disguise their...you’d really thought I…
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