India is a country in South Asia. Between 1858 and 1947 it was ruled by the British Crown (AKA the British Raj). The area where India is located also sometime was called the Indian subcontinent.
None of the novels by Agatha Christie takes place in India, but many characters have connections there. Among them several retired army officers.
India and Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's first husband, Archibald Christie, was born in Peshawar in India.
Characters with a connection to India
- General Arundell had been in India during the Indian Mutiny of 1857 (Dumb Witness)
- Mr Larkin - a retired judge who had worked in India (The Case of the Perfect Maid)
- Gwenda Reed - she was born in India, but grew up in New Zealand (Sleeping Murder)
- Mrs Swettenham - she lived in India for some time, with her husband and young son. (A Murder is Announced)
- Major Vaughan - one of Miss Marple's village parallels (A Murder is Announced)
- Colonel Wright - one of Miss Marple's village parallels (A Murder is Announced)
- Colonel Carter - a minor character from The Murder of Roger Ackroyd who had served in India during the Great War (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd)
- Grace Hastings - the daughter of Arthur Hastings, lives in India with her husband. (Curtain)
- George Frobisher - He was posted in India for several years. (The Cretan Bull)
- A large number of characters in the novel Elephants Can Remember had spent time in India. (Elephants Can Remember)
- Mabelle Sainsbury Seale knew Alistair and Gerda Blunt, when they were living in India. When she lived in Calcutta she became friends with Alice Adams, who later moved to West Hampstead. (One, Two, Buckle My Shoe