Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was the Grande Dame of English crime fiction. She specialised in the detective novel. Her two most famous detectives are the Belgian, Hercule Poirot and the English spinster, Miss Marple.
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For a country with such a small population Scotland has produced a surprising number of world class creative writers. Many of the best Scottish writers have, like Irish writers such as Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Jonathan Swift, and others, become regarded by the outside world as great “English” writers.