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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Marie Benedict, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, uncovers the untold story of Agatha Christie’s mysterious eleven day disappearance. 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 AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Marie Benedict, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, uncovers the untold story of Agatha Christie’s mysterious eleven day disappearance. 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. What is real, and what is mystery? What role did her unfaithful husband play, and what was he not telling investigators? A master storyteller whose clever mind may never be matched, Agatha Christie’s untold history offers perhaps her greatest mystery of all.


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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Marie Benedict, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, uncovers the untold story of Agatha Christie’s mysterious eleven day disappearance. 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 AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Marie Benedict, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, uncovers the untold story of Agatha Christie’s mysterious eleven day disappearance. 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. What is real, and what is mystery? What role did her unfaithful husband play, and what was he not telling investigators? A master storyteller whose clever mind may never be matched, Agatha Christie’s untold history offers perhaps her greatest mystery of all.

30 review for The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

  1. 5 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    Buddy read with my kindred spirit Zuzu ❤️ "Only by following my directions at each crossroads in this journey will the story end well for us all." 2*gone girl gone sooooo wrong* stars! I’m writing a real unpopular review right now! After falling in love with this spectacular cover and being intrigued with the promising plot I was sold! I was definitely ready to go blind but in the middle of somewhere I was lost. I was cursing myself like how am i not liking a book written about Agatha Buddy read with my kindred spirit Zuzu ❤️ "Only by following my directions at each crossroads in this journey will the story end well for us all." 2*gone girl gone sooooo wrong* stars! I’m writing a real unpopular review right now! After falling in love with this spectacular cover and being intrigued with the promising plot I was sold! I was definitely ready to go blind but in the middle of somewhere I was lost. I was cursing myself like how am i not liking a book written about Agatha Christie (when I claim to be true fan). I kept reading this one because there were too many five starred reviews so I got patient and I think the story would go to some different direction and guess what? It didn’t. PLOT The plot was simple , but what we wanted was concrete answers , something out of the box. It felt like the whole time the final twist was just standing there in front of my eyes and author didn't wanted me to reach there, she just filled the pages with her nonsensical talks. The ending is so predictable ( Yeah I congratulate myself, I reached the ending,yay!!) The whole first part was 232 pages long , was full of nonsense and investigation that gave no actual answers. The same description and events were repeated again and again to boredom.Sorry but I think the thrilling book I’ve been looking for cannot reach, read at this moment. Beep…. Yep it might have gotten lost at the tunnel. Characters I love Agatha Christie , like if I could only read one author's works for rest of my life I would choose her. But when I read about her in this book , I couldn't connect , I felt this is not the woman I love , I mean the characterisation was horrible. Mr. Archibald Christie *takes out a dagger* , dare utter another word about dame and I will see you. I was seriously so fucking annoyed with Archie , like what sort of horrible husband he is. He discourages AC for her books , her character , her intelligence , her personality which not to forget he fell in love with. Writing I really liked the way this is written.The back and forth of the narrative's flow keep the readers intrigued and anticipated but I felt the book could have been shorter and still hold the same effect. And no to forget the author seriously spoiled some of the best books by AC in this . [ The mysterious affairs at styles , the murder of roger ackyord , the mystery of blue train ] Bottom line :- I was truly expecting more and I got disappointed about this book. Especially the ending. I felt like the author has been kidnapped and somebody pulled a nasty prank by writing this ending to torture us! ................... Pre-review:- This book: *exists* Me: hoLY- Me: *strangled screaming* Me: did yOU HEAR Me: THIS BOOK IS ABOUT AGATHA CHRISTIE!♥️*happy* Me: When she disappeared in 1926 *holy shit* Me: *pounds fist on table* Me: *more screaming*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Lawson

    I'm pretty sure Agatha Christie's disappearance was due to alien wasps but this is a fairly fascinating alternate theory. I'm pretty sure Agatha Christie's disappearance was due to alien wasps but this is a fairly fascinating alternate theory.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Javier

    I don’t care if it’s written by her, inspired by her or her most famous characters, with her as the main character in the story (see Andrew Wilson’s series) or it’s just her name on the title. I will read anything Agatha Christie. It’s not for nothing that she’s my favorite writer ever. The mystery the title of this books refers to is her much talked about disappearance during 11 days in December 1926, which unleashed an unprecedented manhunt to find her. When she reappeared she claimed amnesia, I don’t care if it’s written by her, inspired by her or her most famous characters, with her as the main character in the story (see Andrew Wilson’s series) or it’s just her name on the title. I will read anything Agatha Christie. It’s not for nothing that she’s my favorite writer ever. The mystery the title of this books refers to is her much talked about disappearance during 11 days in December 1926, which unleashed an unprecedented manhunt to find her. When she reappeared she claimed amnesia, providing no explanations for her time away. As some other books did before, “The mystery of Mrs. Christie” imagines what could have been behind her sudden disappearance, mixing real facts and fiction. As a die-hard fan of Mrs. Christie I’ve read multiple accounts about this episode in her life, both fact and fiction, but in spite of knowing the “ending” I enjoyed it tremendously. The chapters about the police investigation into her disappearance alternate with chapters about her life from 1912, when she meets her husband for the first time, to 1926, days prior to going missing. I liked this chapters even better as they offered a glimpse not only into her personal life but also into her writing career (beware if you haven’t read “The murder of Roger Ackroyd”, because the villain is revealed here) and how her career affected her marriage in some ways. These chapters left me wanting so much more so maybe now it’s a good time to re-read her autobiography. Very well written story that using some real facts about Agatha Christie’s life weaves a tale comparable to one of her unsolvable puzzles. Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A WOMAN As the synopsis suggests...Agatha Christie’s eleven day disappearance in 1926 may be her greatest mystery of all. She skims right over it in her own autobiography, so author Marie Benedict, IMAGINES what may have really happened instead of the claim of amnesia that was made and it is OH SO CLEVER! PART ONE alternates between the MANUSCRIPT and the DISAPPEARANCE. The manuscript begins with Agatha Miller’s debutante days where she dares to wear “Peter Pan” c NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A WOMAN As the synopsis suggests...Agatha Christie’s eleven day disappearance in 1926 may be her greatest mystery of all. She skims right over it in her own autobiography, so author Marie Benedict, IMAGINES what may have really happened instead of the claim of amnesia that was made and it is OH SO CLEVER! PART ONE alternates between the MANUSCRIPT and the DISAPPEARANCE. The manuscript begins with Agatha Miller’s debutante days where she dares to wear “Peter Pan” collars and dreams of writing an unsolvable mystery. It chronicles when she meets her husband, Archibald Christie and the life they build together. It serves as an “autobiography”. The disappearance begins with the day her empty car is discovered near a deep, gloomy pond known for suicides, through the unprecedented manhunt that was launched to find the up and coming mystery author. PART TWO is the reappearance of Mrs. Christie and the reimagined reason for her absence. (Just 40 pages or so long) which I LOVED! ❤️ ONE negative however, is that this book includes a *SPOILER* for Agatha Christie’s book, “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” in CHAPTER 31! If you don’t want that book spoiled, SKIP that chapter! All you need to know from Chapter 31, is that Agatha is ready to send that book to her Publisher, so she toasts to the book but her joy is interrupted when a letter from her sister arrives, calling her home to their ailing Mother. Now carry on with Chapter 32 and you can still be surprised by Roger Ackroyd at a later date! 😉 And, still learn what happens in this story, today. This definitely READS as the HISTORICAL FICTION that it is, NOT as a mystery so if you don’t enjoy HF, you may not find this book engaging. I was NOT immediately drawn in by the story, and set it aside for a day or so, before picking it up again, but I am GLAD that I did! 3.5 rounded up. AVAILABLE NOW

  5. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    September Tier List Video is up! Check it out for all my September reads! The Written Review But really, how dangerous could one dance be? Agatha Christie was a young woman when she met, fell in love with and eventually married Archibald Christie. It was a whirlwind magical romance and Agatha was over the moon. "You've got to marry me, Agatha. You simply must." And, at first, her marriage went along beautifully...but as the months go by, Archibald began acting more...and more... September Tier List Video is up! Check it out for all my September reads! The Written Review But really, how dangerous could one dance be? Agatha Christie was a young woman when she met, fell in love with and eventually married Archibald Christie. It was a whirlwind magical romance and Agatha was over the moon. "You've got to marry me, Agatha. You simply must." And, at first, her marriage went along beautifully...but as the months go by, Archibald began acting more...and more...strange. "What sort of story is it?" he asked. "A murder mystery." "You?" He laughed again. "My sweet wife?" He became obsessed with changing her into the perfect wife but the more she bends to his will, the less satisfied he becomes. "In truth, the only time I felt like myself was when I was writing." Meanwhile, in "present" day (1926), the world is reeling. Agatha Christie - the up-and-coming mystery writer - has completely and utterly disappeared. With the world's eyes upon her husband, and Agatha no where to be found, people begin to wonder - could HE have done it? How do you want this story to end? Whew! What a story!! This one is told in dual storylines (the past-Agatha, as she meets and marries her husband, and the "current"-Agatha era - where she's mysteriously gone and her husband is left straggling). I really enjoyed the slow unveiling of the mystery. The setting was well done and it truly felt like I was transported into her world. I do think Agatha took a bit too long to figure out that changing herself wasn't going to bring herself happiness and a few times I wanted to gently shake her for it but it wasn't terrible. The only thing that threw me out was that the grand reveal just didn't feel very grand - I was expecting this huge thing where I'm blown away but it ended up being more of "oh. So that was it." opposed to a "ohmygod. that was AH-mazing." A huge thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and Marie Benedict for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Quick thoughts: I have read all of Marie Benedict’s books featuring strong women in history, and every year, I think she’s topped herself. She really has topped herself with this book featuring Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance! Yes, Christie really disappeared and this story is not well known, and it happened just as her career was beginning to take off. I just cannot get over how clever this book is, and in true Christie style, brace yourself for that last twist ahead of time! Thank yo Quick thoughts: I have read all of Marie Benedict’s books featuring strong women in history, and every year, I think she’s topped herself. She really has topped herself with this book featuring Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance! Yes, Christie really disappeared and this story is not well known, and it happened just as her career was beginning to take off. I just cannot get over how clever this book is, and in true Christie style, brace yourself for that last twist ahead of time! Thank you to Sourcebooks for the gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    ‘Today, we start planning the largest manhunt England has ever seen’. I must admit that I’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel, however, the prospect of solving the mysterious disappearance of a famous mystery writer was too temping to pass up. And I thought it fitting after finishing up Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Moonflower Murders’. This was an intricately woven mystery that stays right in the footprints of what Christie is best known for. Cleverly laid clues meant to lead the reader through a maze ‘Today, we start planning the largest manhunt England has ever seen’. I must admit that I’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel, however, the prospect of solving the mysterious disappearance of a famous mystery writer was too temping to pass up. And I thought it fitting after finishing up Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Moonflower Murders’. This was an intricately woven mystery that stays right in the footprints of what Christie is best known for. Cleverly laid clues meant to lead the reader through a maze of discovery. Did this manuscript really exist? Not sure if this is based on any factual investigation or if it is totally a fictionalization because the advance copy did not include an authors note. Comment if you know. Regardless it was well done. As I’ve said I’ve not read any of Christie’s novel, but this has definitely peaked my interest. I think this chapter in her life played an integral part in the great writer she became. 4 stars. ‘I was an unreliable narrator of my own life, with only the vaguest sense of myself.’

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    This was a DNF for me, so overly wordy, couldn't get into this story at all!! This was a DNF for me, so overly wordy, couldn't get into this story at all!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict is a historical fiction book based around the famous author’s eleven day disappearance in December of 1926. I have loved Agatha Christie mysteries since I was first introduced to and read about the brilliant Hercule Poirot when I was just thirteen years old. There was not a doubt after reading and watching anything related to Agatha Christie that I would be reading this book and I can Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict is a historical fiction book based around the famous author’s eleven day disappearance in December of 1926. I have loved Agatha Christie mysteries since I was first introduced to and read about the brilliant Hercule Poirot when I was just thirteen years old. There was not a doubt after reading and watching anything related to Agatha Christie that I would be reading this book and I can say I was not disappointed. The puzzle of Mrs. Christie’s missing eleven days has persisted to this day. Mrs. Christie herself even skips that period in her life in her autobiography. Ms. Benedict has taken on the task of imagining what happened to Agatha at this time in her life and failing marriage. The story is written intertwining two timelines; one immediately following Agatha’s disappearance and the investigation that follows told by Archie Christie and the other starting as the young Agatha falls in love with the dashing Colonel Archibald Christie before WWI and takes the couple up to the disappearance told by Agatha Christie. I enjoyed this story immensely! I have never personally believed in the amnesia story or the story that the disappearance was for publicity for her new book. Mrs. Christie was a woman with a brilliant mind and Ms. Benedict’s historical fiction rendition makes so much more sense to me. In the 1920’s, women had so little power and I love to think of Agatha getting her due before her divorce. (PLEASE NOTE: if you have not read “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” this book does give away the ending.) I highly recommend this compelling historical fiction featuring Agatha Christie!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    My very first Marie Benedict and definitely won't be my last. Wow!! I flew through this book! The Mystery Of Mrs. Christie was fascinating and so well written. I very much enjoyed the structure of this book and was completely immersed in the story. I loved learning more about Agatha Christie and her rise to becoming a famous mystery writer. So cool! The timeline alternates between Agatha Christie, before her disappearance and her husband Archie (Archibald), after her disappearance. The story revo My very first Marie Benedict and definitely won't be my last. Wow!! I flew through this book! The Mystery Of Mrs. Christie was fascinating and so well written. I very much enjoyed the structure of this book and was completely immersed in the story. I loved learning more about Agatha Christie and her rise to becoming a famous mystery writer. So cool! The timeline alternates between Agatha Christie, before her disappearance and her husband Archie (Archibald), after her disappearance. The story revolves around Agatha's eleven missing days. Seriously, so so good! Excellent twist at the end. *Chefs kiss* Plus I learned a new word, Recalcitrant. ;) Huge thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for my review copy!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    Thank you to Edelweiss and Sourcebooks Landmark for the ARC of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict. I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie mysteries and enjoyed reading more about her personal life. Agatha Christie has disappeared! Colonel Archibald Christie learns that his wife has gone missing, and an investigation into her whereabouts is imminent. When the police and investigators come up empty handed, questions surrounding the colonel’s involvement come into question. Where has Mrs. Ch Thank you to Edelweiss and Sourcebooks Landmark for the ARC of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict. I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie mysteries and enjoyed reading more about her personal life. Agatha Christie has disappeared! Colonel Archibald Christie learns that his wife has gone missing, and an investigation into her whereabouts is imminent. When the police and investigators come up empty handed, questions surrounding the colonel’s involvement come into question. Where has Mrs. Christie gone and how much does her husband know? As an avid reader of psychological thrillers, I was excited to take a short detour and read a historical fiction book about one of my favorite writers, Agatha Christie. This is the first book that I have read by Benedict and it did not disappoint! While having a degree in English myself, I know a lot about women breaking the boundaries of the domestic sphere by finding their voices through writing. However, I was not aware of this story that demands to be told. Christie is a magnificent example of a woman long suppressed by her husband and society finally finding a way to make her own path in life. As she says, “I am the unreliable narrator of my own life.” This is a strong woman who would not allow herself to be taken advantage of or silenced. Benedict does a great job of exploring the complex relationship between the Christies. I enjoyed the mystery and easily found myself engrossed in the plot. Christie is a pioneer for all women of her time, who sought more out of life than pleasing her husband. 4/5 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    I have read all the Agatha Christie novels and always enjoyed anything relating to her so this book was always going to interest me. In December 1926, Agatha Christie went missing, causing a real life mystery. Investigators found an empty car on the edge of a pond with tire marks close by and her fur coat left in the car. Her disappearance a mystery and her husband and daughter were clueless to her whereabouts. A manhunt was launched only for Agatha Christie to reappear eleven days later claimin I have read all the Agatha Christie novels and always enjoyed anything relating to her so this book was always going to interest me. In December 1926, Agatha Christie went missing, causing a real life mystery. Investigators found an empty car on the edge of a pond with tire marks close by and her fur coat left in the car. Her disappearance a mystery and her husband and daughter were clueless to her whereabouts. A manhunt was launched only for Agatha Christie to reappear eleven days later claiming claiming amnesia and offering no explanation for her disappearance. Author Marie Benedict tells her story of a possible explanation in a very enjoyable read that got better the more I read.  I would like to thank both Net Galley and Sourcebook Landmarks for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    marta

    If you are looking for a novel that contains the following: ☑predictable plot ☑flat characters ☑unlikable characters ☑poor writing Then this is the book for you! 0.1/5 The premise of this novel really pulled me in and I was so excited to read a historical fiction novel after not reading one for a while; this might have been one of the worst books I could have picked. Absolutely none of the characters were likable, even the seven year old daughter utters phrases that were unbelievable for a child to sa If you are looking for a novel that contains the following: ☑predictable plot ☑flat characters ☑unlikable characters ☑poor writing Then this is the book for you! 0.1/5 The premise of this novel really pulled me in and I was so excited to read a historical fiction novel after not reading one for a while; this might have been one of the worst books I could have picked. Absolutely none of the characters were likable, even the seven year old daughter utters phrases that were unbelievable for a child to say. Her husband Archie might have been the worst character ever (I wonder if he was like this in real life). Agatha is also delusional with her desperate attempts to keep her husband happy despite his terrible personality. The plot itself is predictable from the very beginning; I seriously mean I could tell what was about to happen from the first chapter. The whole first part (93% of the novel) doesn't really have a plot and is a dragged out investigation. Descriptions and events are repeated. The last 7% of the novel were the "plot" really occurred and even then it was completely boring and predictable. I would not recommend this book to anyone and the only thing I suggest you do is remove this from your TBR.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Doctor Who has already told us what happened to Ms. Christie during her missing days. It was a Vespiform. But I am willing to hear Marie Benedict's version also. Doctor Who has already told us what happened to Ms. Christie during her missing days. It was a Vespiform. But I am willing to hear Marie Benedict's version also.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Ever since reading Agatha Christie’s autobiography as a teen, after having binge-read my way through all her books, I have been intrigued by the real life mystery surrounding her ten-day disappearance in 1926, a secret she has taken to the grave with her. I was therefore very excited to read Marie Benedict’s interpretation of what could have happened, and I must say that I liked this version very much! The handsome and yet stiff-upper-lip arrogant Archibald Christie did little to endear himself t Ever since reading Agatha Christie’s autobiography as a teen, after having binge-read my way through all her books, I have been intrigued by the real life mystery surrounding her ten-day disappearance in 1926, a secret she has taken to the grave with her. I was therefore very excited to read Marie Benedict’s interpretation of what could have happened, and I must say that I liked this version very much! The handsome and yet stiff-upper-lip arrogant Archibald Christie did little to endear himself to me in Benedict’s book, and yet the format of the two separate POVs – one told by Agatha and one by Archie – worked very well here. Whilst Agatha recounts her love affair with her handsome husband from the day she met him to the day she vanished, Archie’s timeline starts at the time of Agatha’s disappearance. An air of foreshadowing hangs over his head like a dark stain, and I became increasingly more disenchanted with him as the story progressed. I won’t say much more about the story here, as the facts are well known and Benedict’s interpretation should remain a surprise until you read it, but I can say that I found it very satisfying. There also followed a period of furious googling to read old newspaper articles about Agatha’s disappearance, and look at some old photos from the time, and again it got me wondering ... THE MYSTERY OF MRS CHRISTIE is a satisfying, fun read that tackles one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Whilst there are many theories about what happened to Agatha Christie in the ten days she was “missing”, no one really knows the truth. I take my hat off to Marie Benedict for tackling such a prominent historical mystery and do it justice. Well done! 3.5 stars Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review. *blog* *facebook* *instagram*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    A spectacular mystery about a puzzling episode in the life of the revered Agatha Christie. It is December, 1926. Agatha and her husband are spending a weekend apart and she simply vanishes. Marie Benedict takes us back in time to the moment of their first meeting and then forward to the present crisis. A second timeline covers the search from Archibald Christie's perspective, beginning with a letter that Agatha left him. What is the truth behind her disappearance? Was there foul play after the f A spectacular mystery about a puzzling episode in the life of the revered Agatha Christie. It is December, 1926. Agatha and her husband are spending a weekend apart and she simply vanishes. Marie Benedict takes us back in time to the moment of their first meeting and then forward to the present crisis. A second timeline covers the search from Archibald Christie's perspective, beginning with a letter that Agatha left him. What is the truth behind her disappearance? Was there foul play after the furious row they had before parting? Is Agatha hiding in fear of her life? Does she have amnesia? Or is this a desperate attempt to save the marriage? This is my favorite Marie Benedict yet. If you love a good mystery and especially if you love Agatha Christie, you will want to read this one. Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce

    Unfortunately this author is just not for me. I do love the historical fiction genre, but Marie Benedict puts too much conjecture into her books that supposedly contain history. This one, about the disappearance of Agatha Christie, an event that Mrs Christi never spoke of or gave reasons why, is the ultimate theme of the book. While Benedict's guessing to the reason may indeed have been the case, I just could not from about the 60% mark make the story work for me. Unfortunately this author is just not for me. I do love the historical fiction genre, but Marie Benedict puts too much conjecture into her books that supposedly contain history. This one, about the disappearance of Agatha Christie, an event that Mrs Christi never spoke of or gave reasons why, is the ultimate theme of the book. While Benedict's guessing to the reason may indeed have been the case, I just could not from about the 60% mark make the story work for me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Camille Maio

    Another winner from Marie Benedict. Agatha Christie is my very favorite author, so I was excited to read this take on the mystery behind her eleven day disappearance. Benedict chose to capitalize on Christie's incredible puzzling skills to craft a believable tale that, in the absence of the real story, makes it easy to believe this one. Can't wait to see what this author has up her sleeve next! Another winner from Marie Benedict. Agatha Christie is my very favorite author, so I was excited to read this take on the mystery behind her eleven day disappearance. Benedict chose to capitalize on Christie's incredible puzzling skills to craft a believable tale that, in the absence of the real story, makes it easy to believe this one. Can't wait to see what this author has up her sleeve next!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Milena

    In 1926 Agatha Christie disappeared for eleven days, and when she finally reappeared, she claimed that she had amnesia. The Mystery of Mrs. Christie is Marie Benedict's imagination of what happened to the famous author in those eleven days. In Benedict's interpretation, this is not an uncommon story of a talented woman held back by a mediocre husband who doesn't support his wife's ambitions or her success. The book's narrative switches between two timelines: the events that led to the disappeara In 1926 Agatha Christie disappeared for eleven days, and when she finally reappeared, she claimed that she had amnesia. The Mystery of Mrs. Christie is Marie Benedict's imagination of what happened to the famous author in those eleven days. In Benedict's interpretation, this is not an uncommon story of a talented woman held back by a mediocre husband who doesn't support his wife's ambitions or her success. The book's narrative switches between two timelines: the events that led to the disappearance and the days following the disappearance. With short chapters and a captivating writing style, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie is a highly enjoyable read. It will appeal to Agatha Christie fans and historical fiction readers. *ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss

  20. 5 out of 5

    Avid

    Nope. This was a huge miss. Sophomoric. Just bad writing. And seriously - “Detective Chief Constable” can’t be shortened? It’s like the author is intentionally trying to irritate the hell out of her readers by refusing to call him simply “Kenward”. Or DCC Kenward. There is no need to abuse us that way. This narrative contains too many trite circumstances, too much dialogue that sounds like 2020, not 1926. It is unlikely that agatha christie was ever the pathetic creature portrayed in this novel, Nope. This was a huge miss. Sophomoric. Just bad writing. And seriously - “Detective Chief Constable” can’t be shortened? It’s like the author is intentionally trying to irritate the hell out of her readers by refusing to call him simply “Kenward”. Or DCC Kenward. There is no need to abuse us that way. This narrative contains too many trite circumstances, too much dialogue that sounds like 2020, not 1926. It is unlikely that agatha christie was ever the pathetic creature portrayed in this novel, but if the author wants to imagine she was, then don’t portray her in the next breath as a strong, scheming, independent woman who outfoxes and overpowers her husband to arrive at a satisfying finish. The abrupt turnaround is just not believable. I can’t recommend this at all, but if you haven’t yet read “the other woman in the room”, i can recommend that one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    If you have read any of Agatha Christie's novels, love historical fiction or love a good mystery, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. Even if you have not read a Christie, you certainly have heard of her. But how many of you know that she was missing for 11 days in December of 1926? Benedict has surmised a story line behind that disappearance and done a superb job. The story is written in two time lines. The first: Agatha from about the age of 16 when she meets Archibald Christie, marries him and starts her If you have read any of Agatha Christie's novels, love historical fiction or love a good mystery, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. Even if you have not read a Christie, you certainly have heard of her. But how many of you know that she was missing for 11 days in December of 1926? Benedict has surmised a story line behind that disappearance and done a superb job. The story is written in two time lines. The first: Agatha from about the age of 16 when she meets Archibald Christie, marries him and starts her writing career with The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The second: the thoughts of Archie Christie as he endures the 11 days during her disappearance. I received this book from BookBrowse in return for a review. Thank you to BookBrowse and Netgalley. Doing this review was a real pleasure. Book to be published January 21, 2021 5 stars

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Agatha Christie is renowned across the world for her mystery novels but, after her death, she left one unsolved that have haunted readers and biographers across the decades. This mystery is not a fictional creation, but one of her very own. Agatha disappeared for eleven days, leaving her husband and young daughter in anguish over her whereabouts, and when she reappeared she did so with no explanation. Here, Benedict has constructed a fictional account of what occurred both before and after this Agatha Christie is renowned across the world for her mystery novels but, after her death, she left one unsolved that have haunted readers and biographers across the decades. This mystery is not a fictional creation, but one of her very own. Agatha disappeared for eleven days, leaving her husband and young daughter in anguish over her whereabouts, and when she reappeared she did so with no explanation. Here, Benedict has constructed a fictional account of what occurred both before and after this trying time for the Christie household. I adore Christie's writing and have long been intrigued over the mysteries present in her own life. I was initially immersed in this retelling, which conjured both the feel of Christie's writing and the historical period she resided in. It did, however, come to feel like a biographical account of her life and I wished more internal monologue and emotional outpourings had been included. Agatha's husband, Archie, is provided his own perspective, which allow the reader to become privy to some unsavoury facets about his character. It was quite clear the direction the novel was going to take, through early mentions included in his insights, but I did highly enjoy the calculated conclusion that demonstrated the clever workings of Agatha's brain. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Marie Benedict, and the publisher, Sourcebooks Landmark, for this opportunity.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Oh this book was so good - how have I never read this author before? All of her books are now on my TBR. As soon as I saw this one I had to have it and I ordered it from Book Depository, unsure if it would come out in Australia. I am glad that I did as I now have a gorgeous hardcover book! Everybody knows Agatha Christie books, but how much do we know about the woman herself? I was surprised to learn that she loved to surf! She was an interesting and strong woman. In December 1926, Agatha Christi Oh this book was so good - how have I never read this author before? All of her books are now on my TBR. As soon as I saw this one I had to have it and I ordered it from Book Depository, unsure if it would come out in Australia. I am glad that I did as I now have a gorgeous hardcover book! Everybody knows Agatha Christie books, but how much do we know about the woman herself? I was surprised to learn that she loved to surf! She was an interesting and strong woman. In December 1926, Agatha Christie went missing for 11 days. Her husband and family had no idea where she was. the police become involved and we learn more about her husband Archie and their relationship. We hear from Agatha's point of view up until she disappears and then from Archie. All was not as it seemed in their marriage and Archie is of course under suspicion - it is always the husband. A fun and interesting read, I recommend to historical fiction and Christie fans.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Thank you Source Books for the review copy in exchange of an honest review! Honestly, I had such HIGH hopes for this book, I really did. The cover is beautiful, and the synopsis sounded like just the perfect historical fiction / mystery novel I needed! Unfortunately, the writing style and short chapters that take place between past and present really just work as seamlessly as I would’ve hoped. If you’re a huge fan of Agatha Christie, then you won’t have any problem with a couple of books being Thank you Source Books for the review copy in exchange of an honest review! Honestly, I had such HIGH hopes for this book, I really did. The cover is beautiful, and the synopsis sounded like just the perfect historical fiction / mystery novel I needed! Unfortunately, the writing style and short chapters that take place between past and present really just work as seamlessly as I would’ve hoped. If you’re a huge fan of Agatha Christie, then you won’t have any problem with a couple of books being spoiled in here. But if you plan on reading Agatha’s novels, definitely don’t read this one, or you risk spoiling plots for yourself! However, this book didn’t really leave me wanting to read an Agatha Christie novel .... Also, part one is 232 pages long, and then part two is from page 235-262? I totally forgot we were reading a part one until I turned page 232 and realized it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnson

    Agatha Christie, queen of the mystery novelists, really did disappear for 11 days and it has never been revealed what really happened in that time. There has been a lot of speculation and I just heard from a Goodreads friend that there was a Dr. Who episode on it. Everyone wants to know what happened and, of course, we'll never really know since Christie died without revealing her secret. This is the author's idea on what happened. It is told in two parts. The first is the courtship of the Chris Agatha Christie, queen of the mystery novelists, really did disappear for 11 days and it has never been revealed what really happened in that time. There has been a lot of speculation and I just heard from a Goodreads friend that there was a Dr. Who episode on it. Everyone wants to know what happened and, of course, we'll never really know since Christie died without revealing her secret. This is the author's idea on what happened. It is told in two parts. The first is the courtship of the Christies and the early years of their marriage. The second part takes place during the disappearance and the actions of Mr. Christie. Things are not rosy in their marriage and Mr. Christie wants a divorce. This makes him a big suspect by the police in Mrs. Christie's disappearance. The search turns into a huge media event with thousands of people turning out to search and attracted the attention of fellow novelists, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dorothy Sayers. This is a quite interesting speculation on what happened. It's perfectly possible that it really did occur the way the author thinks. It makes sense. It was quite entertaining to read about Agatha's early writing career. I like when when she was working on her early novels and her contract negotiations. I think it did a great job of portraying life at that time. I enjoyed this book and I have to admit this is the first book by this author I have liked. Is it Agatha or is the author getting more polished? I don't know but I am glad I read it. Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl S (book_boss_12)

    A must read for historical fiction lovers and Agatha Christie fans. Let me began by stating I have never read an Agatha Christie novel nor knew much about her. I am now flat out obsessed with this story! This novel by Marie Benedict due for release on January 12, 2021 was clever and such a fantastic read!! I loved that the reader was kept in the dark as to the direction this was heading for sooo long. It made it hard to put down. Agatha goes missing for 11 days and is found in a hotel using the na A must read for historical fiction lovers and Agatha Christie fans. Let me began by stating I have never read an Agatha Christie novel nor knew much about her. I am now flat out obsessed with this story! This novel by Marie Benedict due for release on January 12, 2021 was clever and such a fantastic read!! I loved that the reader was kept in the dark as to the direction this was heading for sooo long. It made it hard to put down. Agatha goes missing for 11 days and is found in a hotel using the name of her husbands mistress. This story tells the rise and fall of her marriage. It tells of the rug being pulled out of a marriage with no regard for her feelings. Told in a mystery format following the novels Agatha Christie is famous for The Mystery of Mrs. Christie is as unique as a book can come. It also ends pretty epic. Told in an alternating time frame of before and present during these 11 days it gets a solid 4 stars from me! Thank you to Sourcebook Landmarks for providing me a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Agatha Christie really did disappear for eleven days in 1926, and when she was located, her missing days were attributed to amnesia. That was it — a rather vague and unsatisfying resolution to a headline-making missing person story. But what really happened? Is there more to the story than meets the eye? In The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, we get a tantalizing view of a possible (and highly entertaining) answer. The novel follows two narrative streams in alternating chapters: Agatha’s courtship and Agatha Christie really did disappear for eleven days in 1926, and when she was located, her missing days were attributed to amnesia. That was it — a rather vague and unsatisfying resolution to a headline-making missing person story. But what really happened? Is there more to the story than meets the eye? In The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, we get a tantalizing view of a possible (and highly entertaining) answer. The novel follows two narrative streams in alternating chapters: Agatha’s courtship and marriage to Archie Christie, told from Agatha’s perspective starting in 1912, and Agatha’s disappearance in 1926, told from Archie’s point of view. As the two weave together, we come to understand Agatha’s brilliance, and just how much of herself she sacrificed in order to please her moody, controlling husband. I laughed at his rare joke, a mad cackle that I knew was a mistake the moment it escaped my lips. It sounded brash and overreactive, and Archie wouldn’t like it. It smacked of disorderly emotions. I really don’t want to give too much away, so I won’t talk about outcomes at all. What I will highlight is the shock and dismay I felt reading Agatha’s narration of how she devoted herself to her husband, pushing down her own successes, her natural vivacity, and even her love for her daughter in order to cater to a man who demanded to be constantly at the center of his wife’s attention. It’s heartbreaking. On those nights when I longed to hold my baby in my arms, even sleep with her in my bed, I told myself that this distance was necessary practice. How else could I ensure that Archie maintained his position at the center of my affections? Even after her beloved mother dies, Agatha is made to feel responsible for neglecting Archie and causing his infidelity: It was likely my fault that he’d become fascinated with Nancy. Hadn’t Mummy always warned me never to leave my husband alone for too long? And hadn’t I emotionally and physically abandoned him this summer in my grief? Even when he was in Spain, he knew my heart and mind weren’t with him but lost to my sorrow over Mummy. Argh. It’s just so upsetting to see this amazing woman tie herself in knots as a result of her husband’s passive-aggressive, emotionally manipulative and abusive behavior. He even manages to suck the joy out of Agatha’s early writing successes, making her feel unsupportive of her husband if she became too happy about her publishing contracts and the beginnings of her fame. I mostly write because I adore creating worlds and puzzles, and I want to succeed at it wildly. But ambition is a dirty word when it’s used by women; it’s decidedly unladylike, in fact. The author weaves together the historical facts to create a police procedural crime investigation in the chapters set in 1926. If it starts to feel like we’re in an Agatha Christie novel, well, kudos to Marie Benedict! She employs Agatha’s wittiness and intelligence to create a puzzle out of Agatha’s own life. According to The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, Agatha first started writing her stories as a result of a dare from her sister, who just didn’t believe that Agatha could create an unsolvable puzzle for readers — so naturally, she had to prove her sister wrong. As in an Agatha Christie mystery, this book delivers clever plotting and intriguing twists that manage to surprise and delight. I was a little hesitant about reading The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, as I’ve only read one Agatha Christie novel (And Then There Were None), although I’ve seen adaptations of several others. I needn’t have worried. The Mystery of Mrs. Christie is perfectly accessible for a Christie novice like myself, and I imagine that it’ll be very enjoyable for the great lady’s more ardent fans too. And now, of course, I need to read more Agatha Christie books, and I’m also definitely going to want to read more by Marie Benedict! For anyone who’s a Christie fan, or for those who just enjoy a good literary puzzle with a strong, smart woman at its center, I highly recommend The Mystery of Mrs. Christie.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erika Robuck

    Twisty, intricate, and enthralling, THE MYSTERY OF MRS CHRISTIE, is not only an excellent page turner but a fitting tribute to its subject, Agatha Christie. Benedict masterfully weaves two time periods, allowing them to collide in a brilliant and empowering way. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction and suspense.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    I loved this book so much! Easily in my Top 3 Marie Benedict Books. Cannot wait for her next release The Personal Librarian.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee

    In 1926 Agatha Christie went missing for 11 days. Then she reappears, claiming amnesia, with no explanation of what happened. This is about the mystery of those 11 days. Did her unfaithful husband have anything to do with it? What was he not telling investigators? This was a fun book to read! I live Maries fictional account of what happened, I can tell she has done her research on this story. There are two alternating timelines in this book. One during the time that Agatha was missing and also b In 1926 Agatha Christie went missing for 11 days. Then she reappears, claiming amnesia, with no explanation of what happened. This is about the mystery of those 11 days. Did her unfaithful husband have anything to do with it? What was he not telling investigators? This was a fun book to read! I live Maries fictional account of what happened, I can tell she has done her research on this story. There are two alternating timelines in this book. One during the time that Agatha was missing and also beforehand when she had met her husband. I think historical fiction fans will love reading this one, especially those who love Agatha Christie! Thank you to the publisher for the gifted review copy. All opinions are my own!

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