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The ABC Murders

The ABC Murders

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Agatha Christie Literary Trail

If your interest in Agatha Christie lies firmly in the murderous mystery of her written word, then look no further than the Agatha Christie Literary Trail through the English Riviera and South Devon.

This collection of sites, principally within the English Riviera, reveals the inspirations behind over 20 Agatha Christie novels. Take a look at the sites below, or pick up a free leaflet from Visitor Information Centres and other outlets in South Devon. There are so many places to discover that your days out in South Devon will certainly be full!

Well-Loved Mysteries

On the trail you’ll come across places that inspired the settings of some of the most well-loved Miss Marple and Poirot mysteries. See the original Majestic Hotel - aka the Imperial Hotel in Torquay – which features in The Body in the Library and Peril At End House.  Take a trip on the train to Churston Station, and a walk down to Elberry Cove – both of which appear as themselves in The ABC Murders. Even Kents Cavern in Torquay provided the inspiration for Hempsley Cavern in The Man in the Brown Suit. 

Through your imagination many of our historic homes and landmarks appear lovingly restored to their original glory, and you can see the English Riviera and the wider South Devon area as Agatha Christie may once have seen it. Discover how Torquay became “Hollowquay”, Dartmouth appeared as “Drymouth”, and hear the ringing of the Greenway Quay bell, which is rung in Ordeal by Innocence to summon the ferry.

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  1. Churston Church

    Church of St Mary the Virgin, Churston Ferrers

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    Church/Chapel

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    Brixham

    When holidaying at Greenway, Agatha Christie regularly attended the Church of St Mary the Virgin in the village of Churston Ferrers.

  2. Cockington Country Park

    Cockington Village and Country Park

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    Country Park/Nature Reserve

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    Cockington, TORQUAY

    Just a mile from Torquay seafront, you'll discover the beautiful thatched village of Cockington, and at its heart 460 acres of beautiful country park.

  3. The Grand Hotel, Torquay

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    The Grand Hotel Torquay

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    TORQUAY

    The Grand Hotel is an AA 4 Star hotel and also holds an AA Rosette for Fine Dining. It boasts breath-taking sea views and is adjacent to the train Station and Cricket and Rugby Clubs of Torquay.

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  4. Agatha Christie Blue Plaque

    Ashfield

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    Historic Site

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    Torquay

    A Blue Plaque on Barton Road, Torquay, marks the spot of Ashfield, Agatha Christie's childhood home.

  5. Elberry Cove

    Elberry Cove

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    Beach

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    Brixham

    Elberry Cove is a romantic impressive shingle beach with beautiful cystal blue clear waters a little gem in English Riveria, which is reached by a footpath from Broadsands beach. This is a beautiful beach in an idyllic rural setting.

  6. Salcombe

    Salcombe

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    Salcombe

    Inspiration for Towards Zero

  7. Kents Cavern

    Kents Cavern Torquay

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    Cave

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    Torquay

    Kents Cavern is one of Europe’s top prehistoric Stone Age caves with an extensive labyrinth of spectacular and easily accessible caverns open daily all year. This iconic heritage attraction has many quality tourism awards.

  8. Princess Gardens

    Princess Gardens Torquay

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    Garden

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    Torquay

    A wander along Torquay's seafront will take you alongside Torquay Marina and through the pretty waterside Princess Gardens, a promenade lined with palm trees, well-manicured flowerbeds and an ornate water fountain.

  9. Torquay

    Torquay

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    Torquay

    Torquay is thinly disguised as St Loo in Peril at End House, Hollowquay in Postern of Fate, and Cullenquay in Mrs McGinty's Dead.

  10. Brixham

    Brixham

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    Brixham

    Appears in Dead Man's Folly as Brixwell.

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