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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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    Dartmoor National Park

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    Not too far from her home in Torquay, the bleak and barren moorland of Dartmoor provided inspiration for two of Agatha Christie's works.

  2. Brixham


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    Appears in Dead Man's Folly as Brixwell.

  3. Elberry Cove

    Elberry Cove

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    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.

  4. Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company

    Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company

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    Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton is the holiday line with steam trains running for seven miles in Great Western tradition along the spectacular Torbay coast and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart estuary to Kingswear.

  5. Corbyn Head

    Corbyn Sands/Corbyn Head

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    Corbyn Sands is one of Torquay’s closest beaches, and lies just south of Torre Abbey Sands. It’s a sand and shingle beach with a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, but still with the convenience of being close to the busy town of Torquay.

  6. Churston Church

    Church of St Mary the Virgin, Churston Ferrers

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

  7. Dartmouth


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    Agatha Christie set her short story The Regatta Mystery - which features in the collection of stories The Problem at Pollensa Bay - in Dartmouth.

  8. Torquay


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

  9. Burgh Island

    Burgh Island

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    Bigbury on Sea

    An icon of the South Devon coast and inspiration for Agatha Christie's novels.

  10. The Grand Hotel, Torquay

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    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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