"He went over in his mind all that had appeared in the papers about Indian Island."

The story takes place on a fictional island off the coast of Devon (see Setting). It has been suggested that Burgh Island was the inspiration.

However there are significant differences. Indian Island is about a mile off the coast; Burgh Island is only 270 yards (250 meters) off the coast. Indian Island is inaccessible except by boat; Burgh Island can be reached on foot at low tide.

Burgh Island Hotel, July 2009
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeBurgh Island Hotel, July 2009 - Credit: Tony Atkin








Burgh Island is home to the Burgh Island Hotel, which may have inspired Christie’s references to Hollywood stars and wild parties.