The Mystery of Mrs Christie by Marie Benedict
Format: ARC provided by Raincoast books
Published by: SourceBooks
Top 3 Genres: Historical fiction, Mystery, Adult
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey bookdragons! In my family, we all have read Agatha Christie at some point, I remember the old editions at my grandparent’s houses, and my mom re-reading them frequently. So, when I saw a historical fiction exploring some mystery from Agatha Christie’s past, I had to try it! And I’m giving you 5 reasons why you should too 😉
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.
5 Good reasons to read the Mystery of Mrs Christie
- The dual storylines: we follow the Agatha Christie from the past, up until the days just before her disappearance, but also, in parallel, her husband discovering her missing and trying to deal with the police investigation. Step by step, page by page, we slowly connect the dots of their story, and what brought Agatha to disappear! The storytelling is really one of the strong points of this book!
- The depiction of the first half of the 20th century England: it was really immersive and detailed, and we could really understand how Agatha was raised, believing her husband was the most important thing, and should always be put first, but also all the norms of society one had to respect.
- Bringing me to this point: it was so frustrating to see how Archie (Agatha’s husband) was selfish and so full of himself, expecting the perfect wife, while Agatha was giving up piece after piece of herself to try to make him happy. Why is that a good point you’ll ask? Because in the end, Agatha will show us that she had one power left, even as a woman at that time, and that she is capable of using it very well!
- I think that’s also what I liked in this book, Agatha Christie is not perfect, she has flaws, she is the product of her time, but she also has this incredible mind for stories. And if we don’t dive too deep into her thinking process, it was fun to learn to know more about such a famous woman in history!
- And I also loved all the characters we discover by her side: her mom, her sister, her daughter, all of them giving us a more complex idea of who the Queen of mystery was, while we explore the biggest mystery of her life!
Do not hesitate to dive into this book, if you love Agatha Christie, or an interested in pioneer women who marked history 😉
See you for a cup,