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Making mystery and history

There is real life mystery in the life of Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, creator of two very individual literary Great Detectives, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. She disappeared on December 3, 1926, after learning of her first husband’s infidelity and request for divorce, sparking a massive manhunt that made headlines around the world. Her car was found abandoned near a lake, and it was initially believed that she had drowned herself in despair. However, after an extensive search that involved thousands of volunteers, Christie was found alive and well at a hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire, 11 days later. The author never spoke publicly about her disappearance, and to this day, the mystery surrounding her brief absence remains a subject of fascination for both literary scholars and true crime enthusiasts alike.. This week’s question is a bit easier to answer…or is it?


Agatha Christie is associated with three Guinness World Records. Any ideas…?


She is the best-selling novelist of all time, with an estimated 2 billion copies of her works sold worldwide, translated into over 100 languages. Her play, "The Mousetrap," holds the record for the longest running play in the world, with over 28,000 performances since its debut in 1952.

A book with a collection of all of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple stories was recognized by the Guinness World Records in 2009 as the thickest published book (at that time). More than a foot thick (30 cm), the 4,032-page book weighs 8 kg and contains 12 novels and 20 short stories.


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