In A Murder To Die For, I planted anagrams of 10 Agatha Christie book titles as character names and invited readers to find them if they felt like it. They were:
Dead Man's Folly (Sally Foddenam)
Death in the Clouds (Claude Hindeshott)
Elephants Can Remember (Elspeth Cranmer-Beamen)
The Big Four (Hubert Foig)
Unfinished Portrait (Portia Furstinhinde)
Endless Night (Glen Stendish)
Hallowe'en Party (Anthea Pollwery)
Sparkling Cyanide (Lindsay Packering) and
Destination Unknown (Edwin Nuton-Atkinson).
Did you get them all?
Oh, and I also included several references to Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories in some of the village and street names, just for fun.
For example, one of the names Conan Doyle considered for Holmes was Sherrinford Hope. Which is why Sherrinford is the name of a nearby town to Nasely.
And before Dr Watson became Dr Watson, Conan Doyle toyed with the name of Ormond Sacker. Consequently, Nasely has both an Ormond Street and a Sacker Street.
The village of Milverton was named after the notorious blackmailer who appears in The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton and the village of Shinwell is named after one of Holmes’s informants, Shinwell ‘Porky’ Johnson, who appears in The Adventure of the Illustrious Client.
You think that was devious?
Wait until you see what I've done for the sequel, The Diabolical Club!
And, in case you didn't spot it, this blogpost is dated 8th May - Agnes Crabbe's birthday and the date around which the murder-mystery festival takes place.
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