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youngest of three children in a conservative family. Agatha never went to a school, but was taught at home by a governess. To express her feelings as a child she started playing music and, later in life, writing. In the first World War she worked as a nurse. She was married twice, the first marriage was divorced, because her husband fell in love with another woman. Her first detective novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in 1920. The leading actor was Hercule Poirot, a retired Belgian police officer, who also featured more than 30 other novels.
Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster, was another famous character in twelve novels.
All together she wrote 66 novels, numerous short stories and screenplays, and a series of romantic novels.
Agatha sold over two billion copies of her books and is therefor the worlds best selling author. Her work has been translated into more than a hundred languages. She always tried to avoid the public eye, which became more difficult as her fame grew. In 1971 she achieved Britains highest honour, when she was made a Dame of the British Empire. Her last novel was written in 1973, when she was 82 years old. She died 1976 in Berkshire, England.
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(written in 1941), taking place during the second World War, is about a couple called Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, who are called by the British Secret Service to capture one of Hitlers most dangerous agents, either called N or M.
The action takes place in a boarding house at a seaside resort in South England.
Under the pseudonym Mr.
Meadows (Tommy) and Mrs.
Blenkensop (Tuppence) pretending not to know each other, they try to find out, by the help of long conversations with the other guests and by many rumours which are spread round, who acts normal and doesnt pretend to be another person and who is an undercover agent. The majority of the guests suspect a German refugee and the proprietness of the house Mrs.
Perenna to be spies. But those prejudices change, when a strange woman appears, kidnapping a baby (also guest with its mother called Mrs.
Sprot) and then, after a chase, gets shot by the babys mother, which seems quite strange to Tuppence. So her attention turns to Mrs.
Sprot. By accident Tommy finds out, that a houseowner called Haydock, who lives nearby, is a spy.
Haydock lets Tommy capture and locks him up in his cellar. Later, to leave no tracks behind, the thieves want to throw Tom over board from a ship on high sea. Now Tuppence is alone with her job to do. An old friend of the couple called Albert comes to help them. Albert discovers Tommy in the cellar, but, because of tactical reasons (to catch the spies red-handed), leaves him there and observes the place. Tuppence too runs into a trap set by Haydock, because he expects that Tuppence knows too much about his ...


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