As regular readers will know, Midsomer Murders is filmed largely in and round Agatha Christie country – Southern Oxfordshire. Whether a coincidence or a mysterious alignment of the planets, two of Britain and the world’s most endearing and enduring murder mystery sources call Southern Oxfordshire home.
From 14 to 21 September in Wallingford and Cholsey you can celebrate the ‘Queen of Crime’s’ birthday and explore a series of local connections. There’s a ‘murderous’ weekend of events and a chance to get a glimpse of the inner workings of Christie’s life.
Christie lived in the Southern Oxfordshire village of Wallingford from 1934 until her death in 1976, writing some of her most famous novels here. To celebrate this fact, this week you can enjoy heritage train rides, exhibitions, talks and a vintage film showing of Murder on the Orient Express, one of Christie’s best loved and famous books.
Wallingford museum is holding an exhibit to take you behind the scenes of her life at Winterbrook and include memories of local people who met her. You can read personally handwritten letters. The exhibition runs until the end of November.
There’s also a chance to take part in a ‘Signing and Cyanide’ quiz plus a book signing and talk from TV broadcaster Lucy Worsley.
In the great tradition of British Murder mysteries, Agatha Christie sits at the top of the pile. It is shows like Midsomer that are the true heirs to Christie’s literary heritage, proving that good plots, well-rounded characters and a slice of intrigue will always be popular with readers and viewers. So, why not come on over to Southern Oxfordshire this week and help celebrate the life one Britain’s greatest ever writers.