Queen of Crime

If there’s one person Torquey is famous for it’s “The Queen of Crime” Dame Agatha Christie. Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay on September 15th 1890 and is best known for her crime writing.

As a child Agatha was home schooled by her American father and by age 5 had already taught herself to read. Agatha was an imaginative child. She was encouraged to write by her mother and growing up she would often play out stories she had written.

By the age of 21 Agatha had written her first novel ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ published in 1920. This was to be the start of a long and successful career as a novelist and playwright with an estimated 300 million books sold during her lifetime.

Agatha’s books are still popular today, 30 years after her death and have been the subject of several successful TV series. The most famous of these being Agatha Christie’s Poirot.

Torquay museum houses a collection of photo’s from Agatha’s childhood in Torquay, personal effects and memorabilia.

If you are thinking of visiting Torquay then don’t miss the Agatha Christie Gallery and if you are looking for somewhere great to stay then there is nowhere better than The Hotel Balmoral.

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For more on Agatha Christie visit: www.torquaymuseum.org