Sunday, June 23, 2024

Like detective novels… 100 tourists are trapped in Agatha Christie’s house.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — More than 100 people were trapped for hours Friday at Greenway, the former home of British detective writer Agatha Christie in the English countryside.

In a series of events that seem straight out of the pages of Christie’s crime mystery novels, a group of tourists are trapped when a storm uproots a large tree blocking the path to a property in Devon, southwest England.

Caroline Haven, a tourist visiting Greenway, contacted local news agency Devon Live to report that around 100 tourists were trapped in Agatha Christie’s former holiday home.

The National Heritage Trust, which manages the historic site, quickly posted a message on its website announcing that a large tree had fallen on the path leading to the Greenway House.

A spokesperson for the National Heritage Trust said He was aware of the “visitors, staff and volunteers staying at the Greenway who can’t get out” and said the trust was doing “everything we can” to make sure they are comfortable while they wait.

Appreciating the efforts of the staff in taking care of the tourists, Haven said: “They did a great job, they gave us tea and other things for free.”

According to the National Heritage Foundation’s website, Christie herself would spend hours on the greenway golfing, playing croquet, and entertaining guests with excerpts from her latest detective novel.

Trapped tourists will have the chance to explore the gardens surrounding the house and the famous boat that captures the scene of the murder in Christie’s novel “The Game of the Dead Camel.”

Despite the calm atmosphere at home, some social media users couldn’t help but connect the incident with Christie’s iconic novel “And There Were None,” which tells the story of ten strangers mysteriously invited to a remote mansion on the beach. Devon realizes that the killer is among them as they are mysteriously killed one by one.

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One social media user shared a link to the Devon Live article with a tweet numbering “99, 98, 97, 96, 94 (horrible), 93”.

However, the tourists’ trip ended with a less dire fate than Christie’s, as they were able to leave the property on Friday evening before local rescue services were able to reopen the road.

Those looking to taste the magic of Christie’s novels will have to wait a little longer, as the National Heritage Trust said in an update Saturday that the Greenway House will be closed due to “extensive storm damage.”

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