Agatha Miller was born in Torquay in 1890 and had a comfortable and happy childhood. The death of her father and the advent of World War One turned her world upside down. She trained as a pharmacist and it was during the long hours on duty that she first conceived of writing a murder mystery. This was to be The Mysterious Affair at Styles and it was eventually to lead on to the writing of nearly two hundred books with worldwide sales of more than 2 billion.

Agatha Christie, the Torquay born Queen of Crime.

Modern visitors  can follow the Agatha Christie trail and see the places that inspired so much of her writing. Greenway, the holiday home she bought in 1938, is now owned by The National Trust and open to visitors for most of the year. 

Each September there are celebrations to mark her birth and every two years there is The International Agatha Christie Festival.

The Queen of Crime is continually being reinterpreted for moder audiences and in 2017/2018 two new movies are being released. The first is Murder on the Orient Express and the second is Crooked House.

For more information on all things Agatha Christie click here.


If you would like to follow in Agatha's footsteps in Torquay click the link below to check on availability and rates of our apartments and to book them. Don't forget booking direct will mean that you will pay less than if you book with an online booking agent and you pay no booking fees.

Book direct for the best rates for an Agatha Christie break at The Bedford House Apartments in Torquay

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