DAILY FUEL: Agatha Christie – Master of Mystery

Born into wealth on this day in Torquay, England in 1890, author AGATHA CHRISTIE was “largely home-schooled” and wrote her first short story at age eighteen. After a series of rejections, she had her first detective story, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” published in 1920. Christie would go on to publish 66 more detective novels and 14 collections of short stories, many featuring her two well-known sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Her play “The Mousetrap” has been running in London as “the world’s longest running play” since 1952. Named as a Dame of the British Empire (DBE) in 1971, Christie’s sales of two billion books have earned her Guinness World Records’ distinction as the “best-selling fiction writer of all time”.

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