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February 25, 2009

Agatha Christie's home open for visitors

Agatha Christie's homeGreat news for Agatha Christie fans: Greenway, the house where she vacationed for decades has been restored and will open to the public for the first time this weekend.

Visitors can see the bedroom where Christie slept and the drawing room where she thrilled friends with readings from her latest whodunit, according to an AP report. Restoring the 18th-century home took two years and cost $7.8 million, and the rooms are much as they were when Christie lived there, complete with first editions, boxes of chocolates and bunches of flowers. Even the scratches on the bedroom door made by the family dog remain.

Christie bought the house in Devon, 200 miles southwest of London, in 1938 and spent holidays there until 1959, the AP said. She died in 1976, aged 85.

Her family donated Greenway to the National Trust nine years ago, but until now only its gardens have been open to the public. The house remained off-limits until its occupants — the writer's daughter Rosalind and her husband — died in 2004 and 2005.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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