Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Review: The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie
by Marie Benedict

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  I was just recently advised about this moment in Agatha Christie's life and was excited when I heard this book was coming.  Of course it is fiction, so not factual, but I was still excited to hear that an account of sorts of this time in history would be written and loved that it was by Marie Benedict who has chronicled some great women in history already.  

Told through two different perspectives and in two different moments in time, one is through Agatha Christie's eyes as she meets and falls in love with Archibald Christie and the ups and downs of that relationship up until the time she goes missing.  The other time frame in the book is through Archie's point of view from the day she goes missing and through the investigation into her disappearance and his possible involvement.  The back and forth between these two was expertly put together and I loved seeing the relationship basically through both of their eyes and it helped for a novice like me to find out the back story while also reading about the days where she was missing.

It seems weird to admit, but I have not read an Agatha Christie book and after reading about the romantic part of her life with little glimpses into her writing life, I am now more intrigued to read more about her and read her own work.  Marie Benedict knows how to focus on a woman in history and paint a full picture while giving some historical context and entertaining a reader too!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 129 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Edelweiss.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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