2020 marked 100 years since the publication of Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles – the book that introduced Hercule Poirot to the world. Join us as we celebrate what we love about the Queen of Crime, her timeless stories and her unique characters. We’ll keep you updated on our website, and on social media using #100YearsofChristie.

Agatha Christie's First Novel

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Christie in Print

Christie came up with the idea for the novel whilst working in a dispensary during WWI. We explore how she wrote The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced the world to Hercule Poirot.

The story was completed in 1916 but not published until February 1920, when it was serialised in 18 parts in The Weekly Times (part of The Times). It was published in the US in October 1920, then in the UK in January 1921.

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100 Christie Facts

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An Agatha Christie Fact File

Think you know everything there is to know about the Queen of Crime? This bumper list of facts might surprise you.

Celebrate the centenary with this fascinating selection of trivia, reminding readers about the many facets of Agatha Christie's life and works.

Fun and Games

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An Anniversary Puzzle

Test your skills on one of our brand new digital jigsaws.

These fun interactive games have had fans scratching their heads all summer. Why not try to recreate this collage of The Mysterious Affair at Styles covers?

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Agatha Christie and The Royal Mint

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An Agatha Christie £2 Coin

On September 14th 2020 The Royal Mint released a commemorative £2 coin to celebrate 100 years of Christie mysteries.

The coin features everything you would expect from an Agatha Christie story, all served on a bed of jigsaw pieces to represent the ingenious plot twists we’ve seen in a typical Christie novel.

100 Years of Poirot

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The Top Ten Poirot Novels

100 years on from his first appearance, Hercule Poirot has starred in 33 novels by Christie, a couple of plays, and over 50 short stories. Which ones do you think are the best?

Our Agatha Christie expert Chris Chan explores our top ten, and we offer you the chance to rank the titles too.

Since I was surrounded by poisons, perhaps it was natural that death by poisoning should be the method I selected.

Agatha Christie, An Autobiography

Introducing Hercule Poirot

These books are a great way to find out why Hercule Poirot is the best-loved Belgian detective in literature.
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