Saturday, September 15, 2012

This Day in History September 15, 1890

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Today's feature is one of the greatest mystery writers of all time.  You might recognize her.  Yes, on this date in 1890, Agatha Christie was born.  Years ago, I read her autobiography, but I have to admit that there are only a couple things I remember.  She did not like harsh cleansers--she preferred simply soap and water.  And she was the least likely person to become an author--she was not considered as bright as others in her family.

One of the things that is always remembered was when she disappeared without a trace and was found in a  hotel three weeks later, claiming that she lost her memory.  And no one ever spoke of this incident again.  Her most famous characters are Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.  I do not know which character is my favorite.  I have always loved her mystery Murder on the Orient Express, and I suppose the intelligence of Poirot does intrigue me.  But Miss Marple is that unassuming dowager who always solved crimes that no one else could!  I guess I love them both.  I have not read all of Christie's books (by a long shot), but I have read many.  I used to go back and forth between her books and Perry Mason mysteries.  I even had quite a collection of both.  One of these days, I need to pick up one of her books again!

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