>It’s said that none of the British writersof our age enjoyed such popularity allover the world as Agatha Christie did.Her works were translated into manylanguages, and scores of films weremade using them as the script. The name of Agatha Christie is asynonym for high-class detective story,as well as Pele is a symbol of football,and Marilyn Monroe is an embodimentof femininity. According to AgathaChristie herself, she began to write just to imitate her sister whose stories hadalready been published in magazines. And suddenly Agatha Christie becamefamous as if by miracle. Having lost herfather at an early age, the prospectivewriter didn’t receive even fairly goodeducation. During the First World Warshe was a nurse, then she studied pharmacology. Twenty years later sheworked in a military hospital at thebeginning of the Second World War. The favourite personages of the «queenof detective story» are the detectiveHercules Poirot and the sedate MissMarple who carry out investigations innoisy London and delusive quietcountryside. The composition of her stories is very simple: a comparativelyclosed space with a limited number ofcharacters, who are often plane or trainpassengers, tourists, hotel guests orresidents of a cosy old village. Everyone is suspected! Murders in thebooks of Agatha Christie are committedin most unsuitable places: in the vicar’sgarden or in an old abbey corpses arefound in someone’s libraries beingmurdered with the help of tropical fishes, a poker, candelabra, a dagger orpoison. Once Agatha Christie wrote:»Some ten years will pass after mydeath, and nobody will even rememberme…». The writer was mistaken. Agatha Christie’s novels are verypopular now. People of all continentsread and reread «The Oriental Express»,»Ten Little Negroes», «The BertramHotel», «The Corpse in the library» andother of her novels time and again, enjoy films made by her works, andone can hardly find a country wherepeople do not know her name.