I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont- an ambitious fictional account of Agatha Christie’s disappearance with added murder mystery and social commentary. Read my review here
Source: Publisher and Amber Choudhary at MIdspar
Genre: Historical fiction
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?
I was so excited to receive a review copy of The Christie Affair and the book exceeded all my expectations. This isn’t just a fictional account of what could have happened when Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days but so much more. This is book that highlights the devasting impact when a marriage breaks down due to adultery and the horrific abuses unmarried mothers faced in the not-so-distant past. But despite these dark themes, the book was an enjoyable read and the writing beautiful.
The story is told from the point of view of Nan O Dea, the mistress in this case and sometimes from Agatha’s point of view and the policeman tasked with finding her. Nan has our sympathy from the start even though we know she is the other woman especially when she describes how all this is devasting to Agatha. The real villain of the piece has to be the unfeeling Archie and I felt sorry for the woman who he eventually chose to spend his life with.
Nan’s experience at the convent for unmarried women who are pregnant was vividly described and brings to life the actual harm done to these young girls in the name of helping them both in the short term and long term. There is a line in the book that struck a note with me- that nobody noticed the girls that suddenly disappeared to places like these all over the world when they became pregnant.
I love Agatha Christie’s books particularly the murders, motives and means and the murder mystery in The Christie Affair was particularly satisfying and I enjoyed this as much as any book where the mystery is the sole focus.
Despite the dark themes in this book, there is a lot of love between the characters- friendship between Nan and Agatha, romantic love between Agatha and Nan and the men who try to help them.
I received a review copy for a free and unbiased opnion
Sexual abuse (off-page)
Perfect for fans
Of Agatha Christie and historical fiction
Five stars- I loved this book and would recommend this to anyone who would like a thought-provoking book.