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The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

Nina de Gramont explores what happened when mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared for eleven days in 1926.

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Summary

This novel is a re-imagining of the eleven-day disappearance of mystery writer Agatha Christie that has been left unexplained.

The story is told from the perspective of Miss Nan O'Dea. She tells the story of how she became the mistress of Archie Christie, and was apart of the Christie's lives. She tells the story of what happens during those eleven days and how her past led up to being apart of those missing days as well as apart of the Christie's lives during this time.

This story dives into several different questions into the novelist's disappearance in 1926.

What is known about the writer's disappearance

In August 1926, Archie Christie announces to Agatha that he wants a divorce, as he has fallen in love with someone else.

On December 3, Archie and Agatha have an argument, after Archie informs Agatha that he is spending the weekend with friends without Agatha.

Later that same night is when Agatha disappears from her home in Sunningdale. Her car is found abandoned the next morning.

News spread quickly of her disappearance. Police were looking for her all over the country.

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Agatha Christie was located on December 14, 1926. She was found at the Swan Hydropathic Hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Review of the book

It was an interesting take on what led up to and happened during those eleven days. The author has a way of filling the gaps and creating an interesting spin on the mystery of Agatha Christie’s disappearance in 1926.

Christie never spoke about what really happened during that time. So no one knows what really happened, except Christie. It would have been nice if she had spoken about it. I would have liked to have known, but sometimes things are best left a mystery. This is one of them.

I certainly enjoyed de Gramont's version of the events.

There are times when the story does get a bit confusing, especially in the beginning, as de Gramont goes back and forth between the present and Nan's past. However, after a while, I got used to it and found it easier to keep track of events and just the story in general.

It was interesting to hear the story from Nan O'Dea's perspective. It was interesting to see how the events unfolded from her perspective and what led up to the writer's disappearance. Nina de Gramont presents her story in a way that makes it feel as though it's very plausible. As though this very well could have happened and things could have happened this way.

As an Agatha Christie fan, I do have some knowledge of her life, and know that Archie did have an affair and eventually married a woman by a different name, just to name one thing. So I know de Gramont's story is partially fictional. But I still really enjoyed the way she approached it, presented it, and made it quite believable. It certainly could have happened the way it did in this book.

I will definitely be reading again at some point. For fellow Agatha Christie fans, I think may enjoy this interpretation for her disappearance.

© 2022 Dominique Cantin-Meaney

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