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The Game is Afoot! The English Murder Mystery on Queen Mary 2
Learn about British detective novels, the villages and cities that inspired them, the secrets of good mystery writing and real-life London murders on this high seas literary adventure!
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Program No. 21870RJ
13 days
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Crime-fiction fans know and love authors like Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and detectives such as Inspector Morse and Sherlock Holmes, but why is Britain such fertile ground for murder mysteries? Road Scholar’s television consultant, Antony Richards, helps us solve this riddle while crossing the Atlantic aboard the magnificent Queen Mary 2. Play your part in an interactive murder mystery and delve into the highlights of British detectives in film and the small screen with your fellow mystery buffs. Once you’ve landed in England, discover the streets, villages and pubs where beloved British mysteries are set and where dark secrets are harbored in fiction.
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Walking up to two miles per day; some stairs and uneven terrain. Standing for a couple hours at a time in museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • As you make the Atlantic crossing, learn about British detective fiction and participate in an interactive teatime murder mystery.
  • Explore the London of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot and the charming country villages where “Midsomer Murders” is filmed.
  • On a full-day excursion to Oxford, explore the city and colleges of Inspector Morse and take afternoon tea at the Victoria "Vicky" Arms, the pub he made famous.
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Antony Richards
Dr. Antony Richards is by profession a crystallographer, molecular modeler and lecturer in London, where he is a Freeman of the City. Born in Oxford, Antony has been friends with Colin Dexter for many years and eventually became an expert and author for those interested in the world of Inspector Morse. Antony was honored to be an executive producer for one production of the Inspector Morse television series. This ‘hobby’ has expanded to include all manner of murder mystery themes, including the formation of a specialist book company and a Sherlock Holmes group of actors.
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