Torquay

Home of Agatha Christie

Miss Marple Stories

Joan Hickson as Miss Marple visiting Torquay, birthplace of Agatha Christie

The elderly spinster Jane Marple appears in 12 full length novels and a further 20 short stories. The first of these was Murder at The Vicarage published in 1930 although the character had appeared some three years before in a short story published in a magazine. Agatha Christie herself seemed quite surprised at the emergence of a sleuth to rival that of Hercule Poirot and suggested that the character had begun to form in her mind from one of the characters in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, namely the spinster sister of Dr. Sheppard. There was also a little of Agatha's grandmother in Jane Marple and in particular her almost uncanny ability to predict bad events. Finally, there was inspiration from who she described as "my grandmother's Ealing cronies"; the elderly women who were part of her mother's social circle.

The full list of Marple novels are:

  • Murder at The Vicarage publsihed in 1930
  • The Body in the Library published in 1942
  • The Moving Finger published in 1943
  • A Murder is Announced published in 1950
  • They Do it with Mirrors published in 1952 ( Also known as Murder with Mirrors)
  • A Pocket Full of Rye published in 1953
  • 4.50 from Paddington published in 1957 ( Also known as What Miss Mcgillicuddy Saw)
  • The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side published in 1962 (Also known as The Mirror Crack'd)
  • A Caribbean Mystery  published in 1964
  • At Bertram's Hotel published in 1965
  • Nemesis published in 1971
  • Sleeping Murder written around 1940 but published in1976

 

Hesketh Crescent Apartment


Hesketh Crescent Apartment

 

For visitors to the English Riviera on the trail of Agatha Christie, The Hesketh Crescent Apartment offers Five Star Gold Award self catering accommodation just a stone's throw from Meadfoot Beach which the author used to use..

 

 

The Muntham Apartments


The Muntham Apartments

The Muntham Apartments in the Wellswood area of Torquay are situated in one of Torquay's classic seaside villas and ideal for exploring Agatha Christie's home town. The Townhouse has its own Agatha Christie inspired study. Click the link below to book direct for the very best rates.

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Bedford House Apartments


Bedford House Apartments

The Bedford House Apartments offer guests one, two or three bedroom accommodation and have a fantastic location close to the centre of town. This means they are ideally placed for guests wanting to vist the Agatha Christie gallery in Torquay Museum and for those wanting to do the Agatha Christie Mile. Click the link below to book the best rates available.

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Kinbrae Apartment


Kinbrae Apartment

The Kinbrae Apartment is a spacious first floor luxury apartment which can accommodate up to 4 people and which has recently been completely refitted. It has a fanatstic location close to bus routes, a pub, restaurants and all the amenities of Wellswood Village which is itself close to Torquay town centre.. It makes a fabulous base from which to explorte Agatha Christie's birthplace. Click the button below for the best possible rates.

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