CEL­E­BRAT­ING AGATHA CHRISTIE

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As the best-sell­ing nov­el­ist of all time and the pro­claimed Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie has an iconic legacy in crime nov­els span­ning decades. Much has been said about her nov­els through the years, but her life re­mains a tire­less point of pub­lic fas­ci­na­tion. In this In­side fea­ture, we get a peek into her per­sonal life and the real events that in­spired her nov­els. Read the chill­ing de­tails

writ­ing in re­turn came to im­pact crim­i­nal ele­ments in the real world in the full is­sue of Real Crime

Case­books: Agatha Christie.

It is a lit­tle known fact that Agatha Christie is guilty

on the pages of her clas­sic mys­tery nov­els. For hid­den away in her cosy who­dunits, of­ten fea­tur­ing much loved sleuths Poirot and Marple, were ele­ments of dis­turb­ing real-life crimes. While her sto­ries are adored the world over for their in­ge­nious plots that steer clear of vi­o­lence and gore, the au­thor could not re­sist work­ing into a cou­ple of her tales ele­ments of two child killings that shocked the world.

These crimes clearly so moved Christie that she fea­tured them in her hugely pop­u­lar mys­ter­ies Mur­der On The

Ori­ent Ex­press and The Mouse­trap.

So while the spe­cial sou­venir pub­li­ca­tion Real Crime Case­books: Agatha Christie sets out to cel­e­brate the world’s most pop­u­lar au­thor on the 125th an­niver­sary of her birth, it also delves into these heart­break­ing true crimes, which Christie felt com­pelled to in­clude in her sto­ries.

While she was writ­ing Mur­der On The Ori­ent Ex­press, pub­lished in 1934, peo­ple on both sides of the At­lantic were gripped by news­pa­per re­ports of the man­hunt sur­round­ing the kid­nap­ping of the in­fant son of avi­a­tion hero Charles Lind­bergh in New Jersey.

The story of the search for Charles Jr, the pay­ment of a $50,000 ran­som, the dis­cov­ery of the child’s body and even­tual trial of Bernard Haupt­mann for the crime lasted four years.

Later, wartime Bri­tain was ap­palled by the O’Neill case, in which broth­ers Ter­ence, aged 10, and Dennis, 13, were hor­ri­bly abused by their fos­ter par­ents, re­sult­ing in the death of Dennis.

Devo­tees of Agatha Christie will be fas­ci­nated to see how the au­thor in­fused Mur­der On The Ori­ent Ex­press and The Mouse­trap, the world’s long­est-run­ning stage play, with as­pects of these tragic cases. Both give sur­pris­ing in­sights into her feel­ings about jus­tice and even re­venge.

While look­ing at how these events in­flu­enced Christie, mag­a­zine also re­veals how her bril­liant fic­tion leapt odd the pages of her nov­els and helped to save lives in the real world – and may even have in­spired poi­son­ers in sev­eral coun­tries.

And at the centre of it all is the enig­matic woman with a ge­nius for plot­ting and twists. Why is she still so pop­u­lar? Why did she dis­ap­pear in 1926? And why do con­tem­po­rary crime writ­ers still hail her as the best?

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