Had Agatha Christie married well, she might never have begun to write detective fiction. The world’s most famous mystery novelist, creator of amateur detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, recalls in her autobiography how she loved to read mysteries as a child, especially Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. One day the young Agatha Miller told her older sister, Madge, that she would like to write such a story herself. Madge replied that she had also considered it, but that ‘they are very difficult to do’, and she doubted that either she or Agatha could manage it. ‘It didn’t go further than that,’ Agatha recalls, although at the back of her mind remained the wistful thought, ‘some day I would write a detective story’.
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