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Agatha Christie: The Queen of Crime

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, February 14, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0671
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Nearly 50 years have passed since the publication of her final book, but Dame Agatha Christie remains the best-selling novelist of all time, with a staggering two billion copies of her work sold across the globe. Celebrated for her intricate plots, sharp characterizations, and masterful suspense, Agatha Christie created two of crime fiction’s most indelible sleuths: the “quaint, dandified” Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the “fussy and spinsterish” Miss Jane Marple of St. Mary Mead, who is fond of observing that there is “a great deal of wickedness in village life.”

Along with her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, Dame Agatha also found time for a robust career as a playwright, with the world’s longest-running play—The Mousetrap—to her credit.

Christie’s life was occasionally as intriguing as one of her novels. Her mysterious disappearance over the course of eleven days in December 1926 touched off a massive search and international headlines, ending only when she surfaced at a spa hotel in Yorkshire, claiming to have lost her memory. An intensely private person, she never spoke of the episode publicly. “People should be interested in books,” she once observed, “not their authors.”   

Join author Daniel Stashower as he explores Agatha Christie’s life and career while actors Scott Sedar and Bari Biern give voice to her most beloved characters. 

It would be a crime to miss it.

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