I got an email from mystery friend Kathy Ackley yesterday that she asked me to share with others in the mystery community. Here's her note:
I wanted to tell you about a new mystery trip that I'm planning for May 16-25, 2010. This trip to Devon, Cornwall, and Bristol trip will be quite different from my London/Oxford trip. We will stay in the Grand Hotel in Torquay, where Christie spent her honeymoon, and the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel; we'll have a Blue Badge guide for all tours (including the same guide who does Smithsonian's mystery trips for the pre-CrimeFest tour in Devon and Cornwall); and we will have John Curran as our guide for Christie's home, Greenway, in Torquay. Curran was a consultant on the refurbishment of Greenway and is author of a new book on Christie due out in the fall. Writer and critic Peter Guttridge will give a talk on Holmes, and we are still negotiating for an expert on DuMaurier.
CrimeFest in Bristol began several years ago when Left Coast Crime was held there. That conference was so successful that the organizers have decided to have an annual mystery & crime conference in Bristol and it, too, has been well attended. Guest authors confirmed so far include Colin Dexter and M. C. Beaton.
Please note that there are only 6 single sea view rooms in Torquay, so we're assigning them on a first-come, first-served basis, though there are many single rooms elsewhere in the hotel. All people sharing a room will be in sea-view twin-bedded rooms, and of course will avoid the single supplement in Bristo
Also, we have had a very strong response to this trip and will have to limit participants to 30.
Attached are files describing the trip. I have a PDF file of the Factsheet if you can't open these, and I am happy to mail paper copies if you prefer.
Please e-mail for more information or go to my website or the website for CrimeFest.