Agatha Christie fans everywhere, rejoice: the Queen of Crime is going mobile. Today I’m highly recommending the newest project from Agatha Christie Ltd.: MR. QUIN, an app featuring one of Christie’s lesser-known, most-enigmatic characters—the mysterious Mr. Quin.
MR. QUIN is a project designed to bring Christie fans and newcomers alike a mystery-solving experience for the digital age. This mobile app presents a traditional Christie “locked room mystery,” titled LOVE & DEATH, in a totally innovative way: through social media. With a Twitter-like layout and addictive interactive features, MR. QUIN lets the audience solve a mystery in “real-time,” along with the app’s characters.
So what story is the app telling? Based on one of Christie’s lesser-known stories, THE MYSTERIOUS MR. QUIN, the app follows a group of young, successful socialites and friends reuniting at a solitary mansion for a party. One of these guests, Mr. Satterthwaite, is “live-tweeting” the party for his followers, using the hashtag #TruthParty. What truth is he seeking, exactly? The audience learns that one key member of this group of friends is missing: Derek, a beloved friend who previously died by alleged suicide. Each member of the party feels the specter of this tragedy looming over him or her. Told through public “tweets” and direct messages from the party-goers, the audience watches each character try both to cope with this tragedy, and to get to the bottom of what really happened to their departed friend.
To make this concept even better, the audience can get involved. The content of this app lends itself to interactivity—the “tweets” include messages, images, GIFs, and videos, each adding to the convincing feeling that this party and its characters are real. You can comment on each post, with some comments being selected for publication on the app itself! You can also sign up for a live show, where you will be able to interact with the characters, ask your questions, and try to solve the mystery yourself. The first scheduled live show dates have already been selected, and better yet, tickets are FREE right now! Sign up for one through the app before they sell out.
I’ve been having so much fun exploring the MR. QUIN app these past few weeks, and I’m so excited that it’s finally available for the public!! My personal experience with the app? It’s totally addictive, engaging, and innovative. I’m a lifelong Christie fan, and I’m incredibly excited to see Agatha Christie Ltd. working to engage new generations with Christie’s stories. While nothing could beat the experience of reading a real Christie novel, the MR. QUIN mobile app is a fresh, exciting way to bring the Queen of Crime into the digital age. A huge thank you to the app's creators for giving me an early glimpse into the app's creation.