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The Popularity of Agatha Christie's Mysteries

Mystery writer Agatha Christie has sold more books than any other novelist. Christie’s books have been entertaining readers for the past 100 years with exotic settings, suspenseful plots and strong characters, including detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Some of her titles have been made into classic movies and long-running plays. Listen to learn why Christie’s mysteries have achieved such success, and hear people who knew the author describe what she was like.


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