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Remembered today as the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie has famously only been outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. In this lecture we look back at the first decade of her writing caree to complement the years Lauriston Castle was left as an Edwardian time-capsule to the nation. From the publication of The Mysterious Affair at Styles in 1920 to the Murder at the Vicarage in 1930, how her divorce, her disappearance and personal tragedy, affected her writing and creative success.

Anne Grieve is an enthusiast of Golden Age Detective fiction and a member of Edinburgh Living History, based in Lauriston Castle.

Agatha Christie in the 1920s