The mystery of Mrs. Christie : a novel

by Benedict, Marie,

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Summary

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMESAND USA TODAYBESTSELLER!

"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 Post

The New York Timesand USA Todaybestselling author of The Only Woman in the Roomreturns 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 Networkwill enjoy this riveting saga of literary history, suspense, and love gone wrong.

Also By Marie Benedict:
The Other Einstein
Carnegie's Maid
The Only Woman in the Room
Lady Clementine

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In 1926, famed mystery novelist Agatha Christie is reeling from her beloved mother's death and the discovery that her husband, Archie, wants a divorce in order to marry his mistress. After a vicious fight with Archie, Agatha vanishes. Despite a police investigation and a massive search, no one knows what befell Agatha until her reappearance 11 days later. She claimed amnesia. Like others before her, including Andrew Wilson, Benedict offers a fictional take on what happened during Christie's disappearance. One story line proceeds from Archie's point-of-view as he faces a media circus, the total destruction of his privacy and reputation, and rampant suspicion that he murdered his wife. Meanwhile, Agatha recounts their relationship in a flashback, from beginning to bitter end. This is less a mystery than the chronicle of a well-meaning woman who chose her life partner poorly and finally tires of his contempt and responds in spectacular fashion. It takes a lot to turn Agatha's desperation into anger, but once that transition occurs, girl power advocates will find satisfaction in the solution she crafts to her man problem."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Benedict (Lady Clementine) delivers an uneven novel of what might have happened to Agatha Christie during the 11 days in 1926 when she famously went missing. Chapters alternate between a memoir manuscript purportedly written by Christie, and the story of Christie's husband, Archie, who becomes a suspect in her disappearance. No one knows what really happened, and the clever premise here is that Christie vanished deliberately so as to ensnare Archie in a trap as payback for his infidelities. The saccharine manuscript, beginning in 1912 with the line, "I could not have written a more perfect man," chronicles Agatha and Archie's courtship and early years of marriage, and her efforts to please him. More satisfying are the chapters in which a heinous Archie emerges and is forced to follow Agatha's instructions in a letter in order to escape prosecution ("How do you want this story to end? It seems to me that there are two paths from which you can choose, the first involving a softer landing than the second, though neither are without bumps and bruises, of course"). As the investigators begin to suspect foul play, thanks to phony clues left by Agatha, Archie is forced to admit compromising truths. While the manuscript chapters won't ring true with Christie fans, the story makes for good fun. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Christie, Agatha, -- 1890-1976 -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Novelists, English -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher Naperville, Illinois :2021
Language English
Notes Includes reading group guide.
Description 272 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-272).
ISBN 9781492682721
1492682721
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