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  • 1. English-speaking crime writersArthur Conan Doyle Agatha Christie
  • 2. A strange picture on the wall in this London underground...
  • 3. AndSherlockHolmesoutsidethestation!!!
  • 4. Sherlock Holmes and his colleague,Doctor Watson.Conan Doyle wasborn in Edinburgh,Scotland, in 1859.He became a doctorand began to workin England. Hisfamous hero wascreated in 1887, inhis first book: "AStudy in Scarlet".
  • 5. More stories came and werepublished in a newspaper from1891:more and more readersthought Sherlock Holmes was areal person!Sherlock uses methods toinvestigate very similar to ateacher of Conan Doyle atUniversity in Edinburgh: look indetails at people (or bodies) andyou will find clues to solve themystery!
  • 6. The end of Sherlock Holmes...But Conan Doyle didntwant to be a "crime story"writer: he wanted to be a"serious" writer: in 1893, he"killed" his hero (with hisenemy, Doctor Moriarty) in astory. Readers , shocked,wrote to Conan Doyle to stopthis situation: they wantedthe famous detective tocome back!!!
  • 7. So Conan Doyle was obliged to resuscitate his hero for more stories. Hewrote four books and 56 stories with Sherlock Holmes. The most famous isprobably :"The Hound of the Baskervilles".Today his success is here, with a museum in London, at the address whereSherlock Holmes lived (or was he an invented person?).
  • 8. The worlds “Queen of mystery”"Hello, I am Agatha Christie and Iam with all my books. I wrote myfirst book in 1920. It was animmediate best-seller. Its title was:"The mysterious affair at Styles".People like crime stories, because itcan be part of peoples life I suppose.I was born in 1890, in England.My mother gave me my education athome. When I was 16, I went toParis to study."
  • 9. World War I and poisons"I went to work in a hospital in World War I for the Red Cross. I wasa nurse for two years. There was a lot of work to do! We used medicinesor "drugs" for the patients. But drugs can become poisons and they cankill you... This time was very interesting for me and I used poisons laterin my books to kill people!"
  • 10. Archeology in Irak"You can see me and myhusband Max Mallowan (we gotmarried in 1930) on this picture.Max and I travelled a lot in Irak,because Maxs job was to look atclues (= small details) in theground and to reconstruct thelocal history. Max was anarcheologist. His job and my jobare very similar: you investigateand look for clues to solve amystery and to discover thetruth!"
  • 11. Hercule PoirotOne film was madein 1978 from AgathaChristies book, withfamous actor PeterUstinov who playedthe world-famousBelgian detectiveHercules Poirot."When I was in Irak with Max, I became veryinterested in writing a book with a mystery in a hotcountry. I decided to invent a story about people on aboat on the river Nile, in Egypt, with a murder. Its titlewas: "Death on the Nile".
  • 12. Miss MarpleOne heroine by AgathaChristie is Miss Marple. In hersmall English village, shewatches all and remarksevery detail: Miss Marplesolves the mysteries becauseshe is very interested inlistening to and observingpeople. Is Miss MarpleAgatha Christies grand-mother?
  • 13. The MousetrapDid you know Agatha Christies play "the Mousetrap"began in 1952 in London and you can see it today? It is aworld record!!!