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Author - Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the record for the longest initial run.

Author - Agatha Christie

Agatha Cristie (née Miller) was born in 1890 in Torquay, Devon Her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in 1920. This was the first outing of her famous creation Hercule Poirot.

Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time, having sold around 2 billion copies. Her most famous works are her detective stories, featuring Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, and Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite as well as the aforementioned Hercule Poirot. She was made a Dame in 1971 for her contribution to literature and she died in 1976 at the age of 85.

Christie's stage play, The Mousetrap, holds the record for the longest initial run: it opened on the 25th of November 1952 and is still running today! Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television or radio and over thirty films have been based on her work.

Test your knowledge of the life and works of Agatha Christie in this fun yet challenging quiz!

1.
What is the title of Christie's 1923 murder mystery in which a body is found on a golf course?
Murder on the Fairway
Murder on the Green
Murder on the Links
Murder in the Rough
The Murder on the Links was Christie's third novel and the second outing for Hercule Poirot
2.
Which Christie play, that opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1952, holds the record for the longest ever run in London?
The Honey Trap
The Mousetrap
The Parent Trap
The Rat Trap
The play was originally called Three Blind Mice but had to be renamed because Emile Littler had produced a play of the same name just prior to the Second World War
3.
What is the title of Christie's 1953 novel featuring the death of Rex Fortescue?
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
The Maid Was in the Garden
A Pocket Full of Rye
Sing a Song of Sixpence
She often used nursery rhymes as plot devices
4.
Hercule Poirot first appeared in which 1920 novel?
The Murderous Affair at Styles
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
The Strange Affair at Styles
The Unusual Affair at Styles
Styles is an English country house
5.
Which actress played Miss Marple in the 1961 film Murder, She Said?
Joan Hickson
Peggy Mount
Margaret Rutherford
Maggie Smith
The film was based on the novel 4.50 from Paddington
6.
In 1930 Christie married which archaeologist, 14 years her junior?
Sir Max Mallowan
Sir Max Mallory
Sir Max Mellors
Sir Max Molloy
This was her second marriage. She married Archibald Christie in 1914 and they were divorced in 1928
7.
Miss Marple lives in which village?
St Mary Marsh
St Mary Mead
St Mary Meadow
St Mary Moor
St Mary Mead is said to be in the fictional county of Downshire in the 1930 book, The Murder at the Vicarage, but in the 1942 novel, The Body in the Library, the county has been renamed Radfordshire
8.
Christie disappeared for ten days in 1926, eventually turning up in a hotel in which Yorkshire town?
Harrogate
Knaresborough
Scarborough
Whitby
She claimed to have suffered amnesia due to a nervous breakdown
9.
Who played Poirot in the 1974 film version of Murder on the Orient Express?
Alan Bates
Peter Finch
Albert Finney
Richard Harris
The film was the first completely financed by a British company to make the top of the weekly US box office charts
10.
Christie wrote a series of romantic novels using what pseudonym?
Mary Wallencott
Mary Westmacott
Mary Winalot
Mary Wollstonecraft
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was the author of Frankenstein
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