Mystery fans in England can look forward to a massive Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay on the English Rivera next month. The festival will begin on September 16, just one day after what would have been the mystery author’s 123rd birthday.
Agatha Christie, the “Queen of Crime” was born in Torquay, not far from where the festival will be held and, according to the festival web site, Christie “spent many of the most important chapters of her life here, as well as using real places in the area as settings for her murder mysteries.”
It is estimated that two billion copies of Christie’s books exist worldwide, representing 80 titles in total.
On the 19th of September, bestselling author Val McDermid will appear at the Festival’s Literary Dinner at Torquay’s Grand Hotel, making this one of the most anticipated events at the 2013 Festival. This appearance comes just in advance of the publication of McDermid’s 27th novel, Cross and Burn.
More information on the Festival and the English Riviera can be seen here.