A Reese's Book Club Pick
Nina de Gramont's The Christie Affair is a stunning new novel that reimagines the unexplained eleven-day disappearance of Agatha Christie that captivated the world.
Every story has its secrets.
Every mystery has its motives.
“A long time ago, in another country, I nearly killed a woman. It’s a particular feeling, the urge to murder. It takes over your body so completely, it’s like a divine force, grabbing hold of your will, your limbs, your psyche. There’s a joy to it. In retrospect, it’s frightening, but I daresay in the moment it feels sweet. The way justice feels sweet.”
The greatest mystery wasn’t Agatha Christie’s disappearance in those eleven infamous days, it’s what she discovered.
London, 1925: In a world of townhomes and tennis matches, socialites and shooting parties, Miss Nan O’Dea became Archie Christie’s mistress, luring him away from his devoted and well-known wife, Agatha Christie.
The question is, why? Why destroy another woman’s marriage, why hatch a plot years in the making, and why murder? How was Nan O’Dea so intricately tied to those eleven mysterious days that Agatha Christie went missing?
A beguiling novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder—and a brilliant re-imagination of one of the most talked-about unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Explore a captivating true mystery from Agatha Christie’s own life. Nina de Gramont’s fascinating historical novel recounts the legendary author’s infamous 1926 disappearance—though the eyes of her husband Archie’s mistress, Nan O’Dea. After learning about Archie’s unfaithfulness, Agatha drives off on a chilly December evening, abandoning her precious car in the middle of nowhere and vanishing for 11 days. The Christie Affair makes us contemplate the logic behind each of Agatha’s actions and helps us put together the story of why she chose to come back. Filled with unexpected twists, an unimaginable secret, and even a couple of vengeful murders, de Gramont’s pageturner perfectly marries established fact with gripping fiction. Narrator Lucy Scott gives each character a charmingly distinctive personality, just like in a classic whodunit.
Compelling story and great narrator!
I loved this take on the 10 missing days of Agatha Christie. Twists and turns, and the author made me feel compassion for a “villain”.
Just NO. Very slow and hard to follow.