Agatha Christie & Max Mallowan

The Dastardly Past:  Agatha Christie & Max Malowan


The date of September 11th holds many grim associations.  A happier occasion, however, occurred in 1930, when the queen of mystery writers Agatha Christie married British archaeologist Max Mallowan.  During his lifetime Mallowan earned a reputation in the field of near eastern archaeology almost a formidable as his wife’s reputation among mystery fans.  Dame Agatha used many of Sir Max’s digs as settings in her own works, and also wrote a non-fiction book about their lives as diggers in the desert called Come Tell Me How You Live.  Their marriage lasted until Dame Agatha’s death in 1976; Mallowan himself passed away two years later.