Agatha Christie, the “Queen of Crime”

World renowned and bestselling novelist ever, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold over two billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation of 100 languages, making her the most translated writer of all time.

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on 15 September 1890 in Torquay, South West England. She was home schooled by her American father. Although her mother, Clara, was an excellent storyteller, she did not want her daughter to learn to read, until the age of eight, but Agatha taught herself to read when she as five. She started writing poems very young and by the age of 18 she was already writing short stories. During the First World War, Agatha began writing detective stories. Her first novel was The Mysterious Affair at Styles which also gave birth to the Belgian private detective Hercules Poirot. Poirot considers himself as “the greatest mind in Europe and probably the greatest detective in the world”. He stars in 33 novels and more than 50 short stories.Another frequently met character was the Detective Miss Marple, who first appeared in the short story “The Tuesday Night Club” and readers loved her.

Agatha used to write about two or three books a year. She made her last public appearance in 1974, at the opening night of the film version of “Murder on the Orient Express”.

After a hugely successful career and a very happy life, Agatha died peacefully on 12 January 1976.

Agatha’s works include 66 mystery novels, 19 plays and 150 short stories which remain as popular as ever. From Hercules Poirot and Miss Marple to supernatural stories and psychological thrillers, the canon of Agatha Christie is extensive. Her most famous play “The Mousetrap” is the longest running play worldwide.

Agatha Christie Limited works with some of the best global talents in publishing, film, television, stage, audio, games, merchandising and digital production, with a view to develop great entertainment and inspire creativity among their licensees, keeping Agatha’s work alive and relevant to today’s global audiences. Her colorful characters and ingenious plots provide a wide range of licensing opportunities for adaptation and development.

Agatha Christie Limited (ACL) was set up in 1955 by Agatha Christie herself and since then it has been managing the literary and media rights to Agatha's works around the world. It is now chaired by Agatha Christie’s great grandson James Prichard.

The Agatha Christie collection 2017
(Stage Rights & Remastered Texts Available from Agatha Christie Ltd)

  • Afternoon at the Seaside
  • Akhnaton
  • And Then There Were None
  • Appointment With Death
  • Black Coffee
  • Butler in a Lordly Dish
  • The secret of Chimney’s
  • A Daughter’s A Daughter
  • Fiddlers Three
  • Go Back for Murder
  • The Hollow
  • Love from a Stranger
  • Murder in the Studio
  • Murder on the Nile
  • The Patient
  • Personal Call
  • A Poirot Double Bill
  • The Rats
  • Rule of Thumb
  • The Rule of Three
  • Spider’s Web
  • The Stranger
  • Towards Zero
  • The Unexpected Guest
  • Verdict
  • Witness for the Prosecution
  • The Wasp’s Nest
  • Yellow Iris

The Artbassador proudly announces the exclusive stage representative agreement with Agatha Christie Limited (ACL), effective from March 2017 for Greece and Cyprus territories, representing ACL’s interest in the authorized rights, for the purpose of promoting, negotiating and licensing, on ACL’s behalf.