While the Light Lasts
Some of Agatha Christie's earliest stories - including her very first - which show the Queen of Crime in the making...
A macabre recurring dream ... revenge against a blackmailer ... jealousy, infidelity and a tortured conscience ... a stolen gemstone ... the haunting attraction of an ancient relic ... a race against time ... a tragic love triangle ... a body in a box ... an unexpected visitor from beyond the grave...
Nine quintessential examples of Agatha Christie's brilliance are contained in this new collection of early short stories - including the very first one she ever wrote - and provide a unique glimpse of the Queen of Crime in the making.
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Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of the plots.