The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

A Novel

Book - 2021
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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?
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, ©2021.
ISBN: 9781728232799
Characteristics: 272 pages ;,23 cm.
Alternative Title: Mystery of Missus Christie

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BooksXooksZooks
May 04, 2021

Well written, chapters switching between the history of the couple's life together and the 11 days Mrs Christie went missing. Enjoyed.

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Katie_Dublin
Apr 04, 2021

An interesting take on what might have happened that ultimately suffers from too much 21st century wish fulfillment.

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C_reads
Apr 01, 2021

I thought this book was going to be about a mysterious disappearance and a detective problem solving thing but really ended up being disappointing. There is really no plot and a lot of run arounds.

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2greyts
Mar 22, 2021

So disappointing.

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Einer2
Mar 17, 2021

I wasn't aware of the true life disappearance of Agatha Christie so enjoyed this aspect to learn a bit about her personal life in this fictionalized version. Amazing that a person of her intellect could potentially have been so brainwashed by both mother and husband to prioritize her husbands "needs" over her own, We've come a long way (at least most of the time)!

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betsymarzoni
Feb 12, 2021

I struggled to read this book. The humiliation and minimizing of Agatha Christie through the years at the hand of her husband Archie was difficult to witness. She was so desperate to please him that she agreed, at his insistence, to prioritize his needs above those of her baby when she told him of her pregnancy. That's just one example of the emotional abuse he inflicted. Benedict offers an interesting answer to why and how Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days in 1926. But she did not convince me that her personality would take such a drastic turn.

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mdawnott
Feb 02, 2021

A mystery about Agatha Christie, as I commented to a friend, seems very meta. But it is also very intriguing. I had heard about Christie's disappearance before, but I didn't remember many of the details. So, a mystery novel filling in the gaps seemed just the ticket.

Obviously, there is some fictionalization and no one knows exactly why Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days or what happened to her during that time, but Marie Benedict presents a very plausible possible explanation.

This is more about Christie's reclamation of herself than her disappearance, but it does read very much like a mystery. We see her become a shell of herself in her (what I would call) emotionally abusive marriage, all the while becoming a successful novelist.

This is a well-plotted novel that will keep you engaged. My only warning is that there are some spoilers for some of Agatha Christie's novels tucked in these pages. Obviously, this book would appeal to mystery readers, but I feel like the appeal could be much wider than that and would have no qualms recommending it to readers for whom mystery is not their preferred genre.

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MillieBT
Feb 02, 2021

Amazing thriller of a book

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genepy
Jan 22, 2021

Another accomplishment for Marie Benedict who has become the champion of many formidable women whose emotional lives have been crushed and sacrificed by misogynistic and selfish partners ( Hedy Lamarr, Mitza Einstein , Clementine Churchill). Mrs Christie used her brilliant mind to outdo her despicable husband as Mrs Benedict so revitingly reveals in this novel.

MelissaStorytime Jan 21, 2021

What a compelling story. I have watched several films about Agatha Christie's disappearance, but this book had the best concept by far. I can't wait to read the rest of Marie Benedict's books.

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