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Agatha Christie

"Queen of Crime" Agatha Christie was born in Torquay on 15th September 1890. She worked and socialised in this highly fashionable resort in the halcyon days of the early 1900s, and many of the locations she frequented provided the setting for no less than 15 of her novels.

The English Riviera and its hinterland are packed with fascinating places linked to the world's best-selling author.

The Agatha Christie Mile along Torquay seafront, for example, allows amateur sleuths to retrace her steps and unravel the inspirations behind her success. The trail passes Torre Abbey, home to the Agatha Christie Potent Plants collection, Princess Pier where she enjoyed roller-skating, Beacon Cove where she was a regular swimmer and Torquay Museum with its fascinating Agatha Christie Gallery.

Other significant sites nearby include Kents Cavern, Churston Village, Cockington Court and both Torquay Town Hall and the dispensary where she worked as a nurse, picking up a handy knowledge of poisons. What is now the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway was used by one of her most cherished characters, Hercule Poirot, in "The ABC Murders" and "Dead Man's Folly".

No trip to the English Riviera would be complete without a ferry voyage to Greenway, Christie’s former holiday home near Brixham, now owned and managed by the National Trust.

More information is available at the Tourist Board website www.englishriviera.co.uk, where there is also an online shop selling Christie memorabilia. Agatha Christie Mile leaflets and guidebooks are available from the Tourist Information Centres in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, and the Agatha Christie shop on Palk Street, Torquay, sells a wealth of merchandise.

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