British Mysteries: Authors and Sleuths; A Quiz Deck
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This Belgian-born detective has the distinction of being the only fictitious person to have his obituary printed on the front page of the New York Times. Who was he?
Answer On August 6, 1975, the New York Times printed an obituary for Hercule Poirot, after he passed away due to complications from a heart condition at the end of Agatha Christie’s (1890–1976) novel Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case. Poirot is Christie’s most famous sleuth, with the possible exception of Miss Marple. Debuting in The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), Poirot would go on to star in thirty-three of her novels and fifty-four of her short stories. “I could see him as a tidy little man, always arranging things, liking things in pairs, liking things square instead of round. And he should be brainy,” Christie wrote. “He should have little gray cells of the mind.” Poirot was a police officer turned detective, cracking cases in blockbuster mysteries, including Murder on the Orient Express (1934) and Death on the Nile (1937). Known by readers for his meticulous and elegant solving style, he also possessed a healthy confidence. He would be the first to title himself “the greatest mind in Europe.”