A Murder is Announced

Christie’s London

London As Christie’s Home

While Christie may have pegged many of her settings to Devon, her books have made a home out of London, too. Magical works like Murder on the Orient Express, Lord Edgware Dies, Peril at End House, and a Miss Marple novel, The Murder at the Vicarage, were all written in her house on Campden Street. At Sheffield Terrace, which carries a plaque, Christie is known to have written about sixteen novels. She lived there from 1934 to 1941.

Christie’s play, The Mousetrap, which holds massive acclaim for being the most performed show globally, is also tied to the West End, where it has seen continuous rendition. Following this, we will explore some of Christie’s novels in London and the locations that inspired them.

At Bertram’s Hotel

Right here is one of the books centred on Miss Marple, Christie’s other protagonist. Here, we find Miss Marple joyfully reminiscing the memories she had at this hotel. From the often overlooked quiet of the lounge, we are introduced to highbred personality tendencies as they come and go with their daily lives.

Yet, this exquisite simplicity only masks the actions that go on at this Hotel. This choice of location is thought to have been inspired by a place which Christie was known to have enjoyed, Brown’s Hotel.

Hickory Dickory Dock

Very much in contrast to the lavish society we are accustomed to, Christie leads us on a journey to 25 Hickory Road, where Mr Poirot feels a need to uncover puzzling thefts at a student hostel. The Hostel Warden is Miss Lemon’s sister, and the lifestyle is one of the average city dwellers of the 1950s.

Lord Edgware Dies

In this book, we find Poirot having a nice time at the dinner table with Captain Hastings. This happens at Savoy Hotel. An actress implores Poirot to help her with a marriage which she believes is a mistake, but barely twenty-four hours later, Lord Edgware, the baron who would not let her go, falls dead. In this twisted game of divorce, Poirot is engaged with untying the different knots.

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

Poiret reluctantly leaves his Whitehaven apartment for a check-up with his dentist, Mr Morley. This is something he does every six months. After he had been cleared as undeserving of any dental work, Poirot departs happily.

But before an hour is fully up, Morley is dead. The story takes us through several places in the city of London. We visit a sizeable property that watches over the River Thames from Chelsea Embankment, Battersea Park, Hampstead, Savoy Hotel, and Ealing Broadway. Each piece of the puzzle is sorted as Morley’s patients are investigated. This particular story is also thought to involve Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia. 

Cards On The Table

Here is one book that questions the abilities of some of the best-known experts. In this novel, Christie invites us to Mr Shaitana’s flat in Park Lane for a party we cannot match. At the gathering, we will find that the rich man’s flair for notoriety is anything but a rumour.

The event is for Mr Poirot, where murderers who were never caught assemble. Colonel Race, Ariadne Oliver, and Superintendent Battle are the other experts in the room. What could go wrong?