What can you give the woman whose work has only been outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare for her birthday?

The answer to that question is a mystery to me (ha), but since tomorrow is Agatha Christie's birthday, readers might like to celebrate by learning more about her life. We recommend An Autobiography, last year's new edition of her 1977 autobiography that's now available in paperback. The book, with a new introduction by Christie's grandson, also includes a special code to download excerpts read by Christie herself. It was our top pick in nonfiction when it was released last December.

"Christie’s enjoyment of the “indulgence” of memoir writing is apparent on every page of this lovely book, giving it a cheerful tone, as if she’s just turned to face you across the tea table to tell you a story," said BookPage reviewer Catherine Hollis.

Those of you who prefer Christie's fiction to reading about her life can always dive in to her novels. Do you prefer Poirot, Miss Marple or her standalones? And hey, even the non-readers in the world can play sleuth thanks to the Christie iPlay games.

p.s. If Agatha Christie isn't your type, but you're a mystery lover—don't miss our recommendations for new mystery series based on classic bestsellers.


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