Published On: Sun, Sep 18th, 2016

This hotel’s murder mystery was the inspiration behind Agatha Cristie’s first novel

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles based on the murder mystery at The Savoy Hotel Mussoorie

“The Mysterious Affair at Styles” the first published book by famous novelist Agatha Christie who is renowned for her novels in the thriller genre was inspired by the murder of Lady Garnet at The Savoy hotel in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. Story goes that Rudyard Kipling, the world famous short story writer sent a real incident story to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle- the creator of the one of the world’s most famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Kipling requested him such that such a murder mystery should be something Sherlock Holmes could solve in his next story. Sir Arthur gave this story to Agatha Christie rather than writing himself. Christie wrote her famous suspense thriller “The Mysterious Affair at Styles”.

The murder mysteries at The Savoy

In the Agatha Christie’s the Mysterious Affair at Styles  lady Emily Inglethorp died by poisoning. Famous fictitious detective character Hercule Poirot solved the murder mystery. In reality, this was based on the murder of Lady Garnet in Savoy hotel, Mussoorie. This case remained unsolved for ever.

It was in the summer of 1911, Miss Frances Garnett-Orme, a 49-year-old spiritualist, had come to stay at the hotel with her companion from Lucknow, Miss Eva Mountstephen, a fellow spiritualist who specialized in seances and crystal-gazing.

One night Miss Frances Garnett-Orme was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the hotel. It was later found that her death happened due to poisoning but her murderer was never found.

This was not the only murder mystery at the Savoy which earned it the reputation of being one of the most Haunted Hotels in India.  Another death happened in the hotel; Betsy Ward passed away in a bath tub in room 505 which is still not preferred by the visitors who come to stay here and are aware of its history.

During renovation, a gun was found hidden inside the walls of the room. Guests who have stayed at The Savoy claim to have seen the ghosts and heard mysterious voices during their stay.

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