Agatha Christie (full name Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller) was born in Torquay, England on September fifth, 1890. Agatha’s father’s name was Fredrick Miller, he was an American, and her mother’s name was Clarissa ‘Clara’ Miller. Agatha had an older brother named Monty and an older sister Margret. Margret received a formal education while Clara decided against that path for Agatha. She taught herself to read at five years of age and the rest of her education came from governesses, tutors, and French finishing schools. While in school Agatha developed a love of singing, along with her writing, but never perused it as a career. At an early age Agatha demonstrated her creativity by acting out stories for fun. At age eleven Agatha’s father died which brought her even closer to the already close relationship she had with her mother. After her father died her mother took up traveling and would take Agatha. Agatha developed a love for traveling and continued to do so as she grew older. In the year of 1912 Agatha met a young man named Archie Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. After a two year romance, Agatha and Archie were married on Christmas Eve in 1914. While Archie was off fighting in World War I, Agatha became a nurse for the Voluntary Aid Detachment of the Red Cross Hospital in Torquay. Agatha had one daughter in 1919 with Archie they named Rosalind. Agatha’s writing career began when her sister, Margret, challenged Agatha to write a detective story that she could not guess the killer so in 1920 Agatha started work on her first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The book got good reviews and she was so descriptive with the poison that it got a review in the Pharmaceutical Journal. Agatha’s writing career span for over …
…urprised, but as the reader starts to think about the new evidence laid before them it is apparent that from the beginning the murderer could be no one else but Dr. Sheppard.
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