One of my inspirations for dabbling in mystery writing is crime novelist Agatha Christie. Over Christmas 2015, the BBC aired an adaptation of And Then Were None, featuring top actors such as Charles Dance, Sam Neill, Toby Stephens, Miranda Richardson and Poldark’s Aidan Turner.
In the book the mystery takes place on an isolated rock off the Devon coastline, where 10 strangers stay in a house and are murdered one by one. Some of the filming took place in Cornwall and on a recent weekend away I stayed at one of the locations.
There’s not much at Mullion Cove aside from the harbour and a view dominated by the island, but it was perfect for a tranquil getaway.
The harbour is now owned by the National Trust, but was built in the 1890s to shelter the pilchard fleet, which was important to the Cornish economy during the 18th and 19th centuries. The island is a now bird reserve.
While recharging my batteries I gazed upon the place where the characters gathered to be boated out to stay with their mysterious host. The island at Mullion was also used to represent the island in the drama, though there is no house, which was added post production.
Around the corner from Mullion Cove is Kynance Cove, where more boating scenes were filmed. Here are my two favourite quotes from And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie:
“One of us in this very room is in fact the murderer.”
“In the midst of life, we are in death.”