The Mystery of Mrs. Christie
Books | Fiction / Historical / 20th Century / World War I
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER!"A stunning story... The ending is ingenious, and it's possible that Benedict has brought to life the most plausible explanation for why Christie disappeared for 11 days in 1926."--The Washington PostThe New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room returns with a thrilling reconstruction of one of the most notorious events in literary history: Agatha Christie's mysterious 11-day disappearance in 1926.In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a fur coat left in the car--strange for a frigid night. Her World War I veteran husband and her daughter have no knowledge of her whereabouts, and England unleashes an unprecedented manhunt to find the up-and-coming mystery author. Eleven days later, she reappears, just as mysteriously as she disappeared, claiming amnesia and providing no explanations for her time away.The puzzle of those missing eleven days has persisted. With her trademark historical fiction exploration into the shadows of the past, acclaimed author Marie Benedict brings us into the world of Agatha Christie, imagining why such a brilliant woman would find herself at the center of such murky historical mysteries.What is real, and what is mystery? What role did her unfaithful husband play, and what was he not telling investigators?Agatha Christie novels have withstood the test of time, due in no small part to Christie's masterful storytelling and clever mind that may never be matched, but Agatha Christie's untold history offers perhaps her greatest mystery of all.Fans of The Secrets We Kept, The Lions of Fifth Avenue, and The Alice Network will enjoy this riveting saga of literary history, suspense, and love gone wrong.Other Bestselling Historical Fiction from Marie Benedict: Lady ClementineThe Only Woman in the RoomCarnegie's MaidThe Other Einstein
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"An interpretation of the 11 days in which famed mystery author Agatha Christie disappeared without a trace, only to reappear and claim amnesia. The dual narrative was engaging, and seeing the personal hardships of Agatha through her perspective was a solemn experience. I only wish we had more of Agatha’s planning, and how she got away with it, what she did with those 11 days. But nonetheless, a good intro for any new fans of her life and works, which are worth reading. "
"I’m writing a book set in the 1920s and thought this might be a potential comp title. I’m also an Agatha Christie fan so felt like a good match. The opening didn’t feel overly compelling but I did get engaged before long. The book is structured as a dual-timeline narrative that reads more like the retelling of a complex relationship more than a puzzle to solve. The story question is more put on the reader to wonder what happened during Agatha’s missing 11 days than on any of the characters to solve a mystery, so if you want a protagonist with a clear goal, this won’t be it. Still a solid read for Christie fan."
"Very good. Very interesting!"