I’m nearing the end of a seaside holiday in Devon, reading, lazing, reading, sightseeing and reading.
Now I thought that I’d share a few images with you, specifically of the resort where Agatha Christie set her 1941 novel Evil Under the Sun which, not uncoincidentally, I’ve been chugging through while soaking up the local ambience.
Burgh Island, facing Bigbury-on-Sea, is thinly disguised as Smugglers’ Island, Leathercombe Bay, while the Burgh Island Hotel stars as The Jolly Roger Hotel.
Here is where Hercule Poirot and an assortment of guests are vacationing towards the end of August in the late 1930s. Strange to relate, murder seems to follow the Belgian like a faithful hound.
This is the map that accompanies the novel. As with Burgh Island the hotel is prominent near the southeastern shore of the island, but the artificial causeway shown here is, in reality, a stretch of sand uncovered roughly twice every 24 hours by the receding tide.
The hotel is hard to miss, especially at night when it’s all lit up.
Closer to the island the Art Deco nature of the hotel becomes evident.
As most of the action takes place on the island, I shall leave further discussion and images till a review.
After Evil Under the Sun there will of course be And Then There Were None (1939) for me to read, another novel which is set on an island off the coast of Devon…