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Agatha Christie to go gamer

Fans of Agatha Christie will soon have a chance to match wits with the likes of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple in a new series of computer games based on her classic mysteries.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Enthusiasts of mystery fiction will have the chance to play detective when some of Agatha Christie's classic books are brought to interactive life in computer games.

Christie's grandson, Matthew Prichard, said Sunday that he has granted permission for his grandmother's work to be adapted for CD-ROM computer games.

A series of five different computer games based on novels penned by the world-famous author will be developed by Chorion, an intellectual property group which already looks after Christie's works, over the next six years.

"My grandmother was always very keen on using new ways to reach people who wanted to enjoy her work," Prichard said. "Adapting her stories into PC games allows us to introduce classic mysteries to whole new audiences and keep them relevant into the decades to come."

Chorion has more than 79 different novels and short stories by the prolific writer to choose from for the games. More than 2 billion of Christie's books have been sold in over 45 different languages -- she is outsold by only the Bible and Shakespeare.

Born in 1890 in England, Christie was educated at home and began her writing career while she was a nurse during World War I.

Her debut novel in 1920, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles," introduced her most famous detective, the eccentric Belgian Hercule Poirot.

Christie ended her career in the same year she died -- 1976 -- with her final novel, "Sleeping Murder," featuring her other major lead character, Miss Jane Marple.

Chorion has already undertaken a rebranding and relaunch of Christie's books, giving them new covers, to make them more accessible to modern readers.