Halfway through Agatha Christie's novels you will find a lot of "whodunnit" moments, such is the English writer's talent for suspense and thriller. Agatha Christie is one of the top thriller writers of all time and there are 66 detective novels, 14 short stories and a number of plays. One of her plays, The Mousetrap is the world's longest-running play that opened in London's West End in 1952, and it has been running continuously since then. Play-goers are requested not to reveal the identity of the murderer to anyone who are yet to see the play. Such suspense!
While "whodunnit" continues to haunt us, let's look at the "where" of Christie's novels. While most of her stories revolve around fictional places, her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple have solved cases in places real and imagined. If you are in the UK for the ICC Cricket World Cup, why not channel your inner Poirot and Marple and go visit these locations mentioned below? Try to pick up clues along the way. Here are top five Agatha Christie novels and their locations in the UK.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
The wealthy Roger Ackroyd's murder mystery brings us and Hercule Poirot to the village of King's Abbot, the present-day Castle Combe (a Cotswolds village). The suspense lasts till the very last chapter of the book and there is a breathtaking revelation. Speaking of breathtaking, it's not just the story that is stunning, the location is a visual treat. The present-day village of Castle Combe in the Cotswolds region is a perfect destination for a scenic holiday.
Peril at End House (1932)
The story is set in Cornwall, there is a party at the End House, there are guests, fireworks and a murder. While Poirot checks out each and every party guest, we can look around town. The pretty Cornish destination, with its beautiful sandy beaches, the blue sea, the vast moorland and picture-perfect harbour villages is a perfect destination to sit back, relax and enjoy with the Christie detective novel.
The ABC Murders (1935)
Hastings and Poirot meets in London and there is a new case! A murderer s killing people in alphabetical order and the first one is Alice Ascher in Andover, followed by Elizabeth "Betty" Barnard in Bexhill and Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston. Poirot couldn't stop the murders of the first three victims but eventually did catch up with the murderer. Following the trail, we found ourselves in the beautiful locale of Andover.
And Then There Were None (1939)
Who gets invited to an island for a weekend getaway and gets killed? Agatha Christie's 10 characters in her novel And Then There Were None. The author herself admitted that this book was by far the toughest to write. We got curious and so we reached Devon, where the novel is based. The isolated island off the coast of Devon in England is where the action takes place and we can't help but gawk at the beautiful location. Die with a view?
Endless Night (1967)
This one's set in the Welsh moorlands. Gipsy's Acre, a house in the countryside, seemed like a perfect dream for the couple Michael Rogers and Ellie, far away from the prying eyes and the pompous elite society. But the idyllic life gets punctuated by a series of fights, slow-acting cyanide and an evil plot revolving around inheritance. Gripping! Who knew that a beautiful countryside can also be a perfect plot for a cleverly-planned murder? Following the story, we find ourselves in the beautiful Welsh countryside.