FICTION

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Sourcebooks Landmark. Jan. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781492682721. $26.99. F
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On December 3, 1926, famous mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared after an argument with her husband. Eleven days later, she was found at a hotel where she had registered under the last name of the woman with whom her husband was having an affair. She claimed amnesia and never spoke of it again. To this day, the mystery remains unsolved. Now, with a deft hand, Benedict imagines a complex and highly satisfying time line of what might have happened. As with her previous works such as Lady Clementine and Carnegie’s Maid, the author brings the period to life. As the story moves from present to past and back again, Benedict spins a tale worthy of the grande dame of mysteries from bare facts. Others have imagined her story—such as Andrew Wilson in A Different Kind of Evil. This newest vision is a worthy addition to the canon of fiction about the mysterious Mrs. Christie.
VERDICT Mystery lovers, especially fans of Christie’s works, as well as those who enjoy period pieces, will find this an engrossing fictional answer to a real historical mystery.

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