If she’d still been alive today, this coming September Agatha Christie would have turned 120 years old. The famous crime author was born on September 15th 1890 in the coastal town of Torquay in England where she lived during her childhood. She published her first novel shortly after she discovered that her first husband was cheating on her and went on to become the best selling author of all time, second to the Bible. Try and beat that, J.K. Rowling! The ‘Queen of Crime‘ published 80 novels and short stories and 19 plays which have been translated into more than 70 languages. (I am sure that first husband must have been kicking himself.) Every year the English Riviera Tourist Board holds the Agatha Christie festival to celebrate her birthday, but this year the organisers are pulling out all the stops. Between the 12th and the 19th of September murder mystery fanatics will be able to eat their heart at one of the 40 events that will take place in Torquay and the surrounding area. Their will be movie screenings, talks, lectures, murder mystery dinners and much much more. Fans can also walk along the Agatha Christie Mile that leads past a number of places that played a role in her live. There is the Grand Hotel where she spent her honeymoon, Beacon Cove where she used to swim and apparently almost drowned once, and the Imperial Hotel which makes an appearance in two of her books. There are also a number of super secret mystery events on the cards, but these are still very much under wraps. It wouldn’t be a mystery if they weren’t, now would it? All that’s known is that there will be numerous gory murders taking place in the area. So watch your back if you’re in Torquay this summer. I’d hate to say: I told you so!