Crime Mystery in Torquay

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There’s not really a mystery. It is just a rather obvious way of drawing your attention to the fact that this September sees the 120th anniversary of the birth of Agatha Christie. (The actual day is 15th September) She is as well known as her two main characters who also celebrate anniversaries, Hercule Poirot first appeared 90 years ago and Miss Marple, 80 years ago.
So what is Torquay doing to celebrate the fact?
The Agatha Christie Festival (actually the 6th one) runs from 12-19th September and kicks off with a free fete on the opening day in the Princess Gardens. Throughout the week, there will be performances of her works at various venues as well as showings of some of her films. There are guided tours of some of the spots linked to her and her stories like the Grand Hotel where she spent her honeymoon on the eve of WWI and Beacon Cove. There is also a trip to Brixham to her house, Greenway which is now run by the National Trust. Here there is just one event planned, a talk about the other interest she had, archaeology. But maybe Torre Abbey is closer to the Christie tradition. Here you’ll find a dispay of plants, some known for medicinal properties but others connected to poison and more in keeping with the themes of her books.
Which comes back to the old argument. Are you a fan of Joan Hickson, Margaret Rutherford, Gracie Fields, June Whitfield, Geraldine McEwan or Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple? A David Suchet, Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov or even Tony Randell supporter as Poirot? The arguments will probably last as long as the books are read.
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