Eric Ambler (1909-1998), an English thriller writer
and even wrote screenplays died at the age of 89 on 23rd October. His
major works are Dark Frontier, Epitaph For a Spy, The
Mask of Dimitrias, A Coffin for Dimitrias, Journey into fear,
The Light of Day, The Levanter, The Care of Time and The
Night Comes. His screenplays include The Wreck of the Mary Deare
and The CruelSea. His autobiography, Here Lies, was
published in 1986.
Robert Ludlum (Ludlum, Robert
(1927-2001), is an American author of novels of suspense and intrigue.
Born in New York City, he was one of the bestselling novelist of our time.
Obituary to Anthony Shaffer
(1926-2001), the playwright of the thriller Sleuth
which won a Toni Award for the best play of 1970 and captivated
audiences worldwide, died in London at the age of 75. He also
scripted the film Frenzy for suspense director Alfred
A Profile: The Queen of detective fiction,
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay (click here to know about
Torquay) in the year 1890. She had her education at home. In 1914, she got married to Archibald Christie. Her marriage broke up in 1926 and she got married to the archaeologist Max Mallowan. She made
a journey with her husband to the excavation sites in Syria and Iraq and wrote about those experiences in
Come Tell me How You Live (1946).
She began her writing career in the year1920 when her first novel The Mysterious Affair at
Styles featuring the little Belgian detective Hercule Poirot was published by Bogley Head. Since then,
she did not look back and continued on writing masterpieces of the
detective genre like The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) , And Then There were
None (1939) , Murder on The Orient Express (1934), Murder in
Vicarage (1930) and Death on the Nile (1937) and success came her way. Beside Poirot, her other major sleuths were Miss Jane Marple, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford and Parker Pyne.
She also wrote six romantic novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott but they are
no as widely read as her detective novels. She even wrote her autobiography titled
An Autobiography in the 1977. The first of her detective novels to dramatized was
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd under the name Alibi. But her most famous play is
Mousetrap which is still running all over the world and is the longest running play in
the history. Her other plays in book form are Witness for Prosecution,
And then there were none, Appointment with Death, The
Hollow, Go back for Murder and Verdict.
Agatha Christie was made a Dame in the year 1971. The last detective novel she wrote was
The Postern of Fate featuring the husband and wife, Tommy and Tuppence but the last books to be published were
The Curtain (featuring Hercule Poirot) and Sleeping
Murder (featuring Miss Marple). They were both published posthumously.
She managed to kill Poirot in this last case of his but Miss Marple was seen looking out on the harbor at Torquay at the end of
Agatha Christie died in the year 1976.
She was buried in Cholsey Churchyard Cholsey, Oxfordshire, England.
*Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of famous sleuths such as Perry Mason,
Bertha Cool and Donald Lam wrote under these three pseudonyms A. A. Fair, Doug
Selby and the D.A.
*John Creasey wrote 562 books under these
28 pseudonyms: Gordon Ashe, M.E.Cooce,
Margaret Cooce, Henry St. John Cooper, Norman Deane, Elise Fecamps, Robert
Caine Frazer, Patrick Gill, Michael Halliday, Charles Hogarth, Brian Hope,
Colin Hughes, Kyle Hunt, Abel Mann, Peter Manton, J.J. Marric, James
Marsden, Richard Martin, Rodney Mattheson, Anthony Morton, Ken Ranger,
William K. Reilly, Tex Riley, Jeremy York.
1. Hercule Poirot- Agatha Christie
2. Miss Jane Marple- Agatha Christie
3. Nero Wolfe- Rex Stout
4. Perry Mason- Erle Stanley Gardner
5. Adam Daglish- P.D. James
6. George Smiley- John Le Carre
7. Maigret- Georges Simenon
8. Lord Peter Wimsey- Dorothy Leigh Sayers
9. Frank and Joe Hardy- Franklin W. Dixon
10.Inspector Alleyn- Ngaio Marsh
11.Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford- Ruth