Agatha Christie and The Art of Opening a Mystery Novel

Agatha Christie probably doesn’t need our honors. Born on this day in 1890, in Torquay, England, she enjoyed surpassing fame in her lifetime and lays a current claim to being the bestselling novelist of all-time . She was and remains the undisputed Queen of Crime. But for all we celebrate her popularity, her prolific output, and her ingenious plots, Christie is sometimes overlooked on the craft level. On this site, we’ve celebrated the legendary openings of crime authors such as Elmore Leonard , Raymond Chandler , and Graham Greene . But not yet Christie, who was every bit their […]


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