Happy birthday to the woman who tops the list of "Who's Who" in whodunits. "The Queen of Crime," Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan - commonly known as Agatha Christie - would have been 118 today.
According to Wikipedia entry, "Christie has been called — by the Guinness Book of World Records, among others — the best-selling writer of books of all time and the best-selling writer of any kind, along with William Shakespeare. Only the Bible is known to have outsold her collected sales of roughly four billion copies of novels. UNESCO states that she is currently the most translated individual author in the world with only the collective corporate works of Walt Disney Productions surpassing her. Christie's books have been translated into (at least) 56 languages."
I believe it ... It's hard to find someone who hasn't read one of books, or seen adaptations of her writings on stage, film or television.
Her life is every bit as interesting as those of the characters she created. I recommend the Official Agatha Christie website and the aforementioned Wikipedia entry as good beginnings for a virtual journey of discovery into that life. Your local bookstore will also have books by - and about - her, as well.