Friday 13th September 2024, 5:00pm

Agatha Christie: Forensic Detective

Carla Valentine is a qualified mortuary technician, curator of Barts Pathology Museum and author of Past Mortems and Murder Isn’t Easy. She’s also the host of a BBC Sounds podcast called Mortem, and has appeared in several documentaries about Agatha Christie.

She is passionate about Agatha, the history of forensic science and inter-war true crime. In this illustrated talk she will explore the burgeoning science of forensics (including blood spatter, autopsy, fingerprints and toxicology) through the lens of Christie's works, as well as the true crimes which inspired her, and her real-life ‘investigating’ as part of The Detection Club.


Getting to the venue

The Spanish Barn is in the grounds of Torre Abbey. This is on Torquay seafront and walkable from most hotels in the area. It is also right next to Torquay Train Station. The nearest car park is Torre Valley - Torbay Council


There is a drop-off point and limited parking within the grounds for disabled visitors. Entry to the Spanish Barn is relatively level, but there are a few cobble stones to cross, before entering the completely flat interior. We have space for wheelchairs, although if you let us know in advance, we can ensure that there is ample dedicated space for the number of wheelchair users. We have also raised the height of the main stage this year, so that guest speakers can easily be seen. We also have two TV screens midway down the barn screening what is happening on the stage. We also have a disabled toilet available to the rear of the Spanish Barn.

If you have any particular access requirements or enquiries, do please get in touch and we will do whatever we feasibly can to accommodate you. Please email