Marie Benedict’s The Mystery of Mrs. Christie is based on an actual event - the disappearance of mystery writer Agatha Christie for eleven days in 1926. Benedict cleverly meshes two time periods - 1912, the writing of “the manuscript” as well as Agatha’s early life with former aviator/Lt. Archie Christie, through to 1926, the year of her disappearance - until they are one. As she successfully accomplishes in her prior novels, Benedict brings to life the historical period of the novel through language, details and ambience of the times. As “we are all unreliable narrators of ourselves,” then what becomes the truth of Agatha’s disappearance, reappearance and the deceptive relationship with her husband?
- MINDY— From Mindy's Recs
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“A delightful novel! While we will never know what happened to Agatha Christie during her 1926 disappearance, Marie Benedict has provided us with a compelling possibility. Keeping the reader guessing until the end, this is historical fiction that everyone is going to love!”
— Stefanie Lynn, The Kennett Bookhouse, Kennett Square, PA
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 Post
The 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:
The Only Woman in the Room
The Other Einstein