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Agatha Christie was born on 15 September 1890 into a wealthy upper middle-class family in the coastal town of Torquay, Devon in South West England. Christie's mother, Clara, was an Englishwoman who had been born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1854 to Captain Frederick Boehmer and Mary Ann West; the couple's only daughter, she had four brothers, one of whom died young. Captain Boehmer was killed in a riding accident while stationed on Jersey in April 1863, leaving Mary Ann to raise her children alone on a meagre income. Under financial strain, she sent Clara to live with relations in the North of England, where she would meet her future husband, an American stockbroker named Frederick Alvah Miller. Frederick was a member of the small and wealthy American upper class, and had been sent to Europe to gain an education in Switzerland. Considered personable and friendly by those who knew him, he soon developed a romantic relationship with Clara, and they were married in April 1878. Their first child, Margaret "Madge" Frary Miller (1879–1950) was born in Torquay, where the couple were renting lodgings, while their second, Louis "Monty" Montant (1880–1929) was born in the U.S. state of New York, where Frederick was on a business trip. Clara soon purchased a villa in Torquay, named "Ashfield", in which to raise her family, and it was here that her third and final child, Agatha, was born.
Official Agatha Christie site
www.agathachristie.com - Web
Agatha Christie/Sir Max Mallowan's blue plaque at Cholsey
www.oxfordshireblueplaques.org.uk/plaques/christie.html - Web
Agatha Christie profile and articles at "The Guardian"
www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/jun/10/agathachristie - Web
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Agatha Christie profile on PBS.ORG
www.pbs.org/wgbh/mystery/marple/christie.html - Web
Agatha Christie's style and methods, the plot devices that she uses to trick the reader
www.christiemystery.co.uk - Web
Agatha Christie's Profile on FamousAuthors.org
www.famousauthors.org/agatha-christie - Web