by: Marie Benedict
Marie Benedict, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, uncovers the untold story of Agatha Christie’s mysterious eleven day disappearance.
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 husband and 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 exploration into the shadows of history, 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 a murky story.
What is real, and what is mystery? What role did her unfaithful husband play, and what was he not telling investigators?
A master storyteller whose clever mind may never be matched, Agatha Christie’s untold history offers perhaps her greatest mystery of all.
Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓 1/2
I was not familiar with the fact that Agatha Christie went missing in real life for 11 days. This book was an historical fiction account of that time in her life. Agatha Christie was really likeable – clever, self deprecating and very funny. Her husband was deplorable! It was an entertaining read. It didn’t knock my socks off, but I enjoyed this book.
I also had no idea that Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days during her early career – this definitely makes for an interesting story. This book actually reads much like one of Mrs. Christie’s mysteries (I’m a poet, I don’t know it, but I rhyme every time) with Mrs. Christie as the main character. Who knows what really happened to Mrs. Christie during those 11 days, but I think this is an entertaining and smart take on what might have occurred. And as Helen said, Mr. Christie is at total lout – the character you love to hate. The book is a little slow in the first half but picks up – especially once Mrs. Christie is found.