For the Guardian, she named her top 10 female detectives. One character on her list:
Miss MarpleRead about another entry on Holt's list.
This legendary figure appeared in 12 of Agatha Christie's crime novels. While kindly and unassuming, she is also worldly with a mind like a steel trap. I love Agatha Christie. She's the author everyone reads when they're eleven years old and then leaves at holiday houses. She is still one of my greatest influences and my new book is a homage to her. 1222 is a contemporary reworking of the classic locked-room mystery. I even have a dénouement scene in a library at the end.
See Adrian McKinty's list of the 10 best lady detectives.