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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!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    MarilynW

    The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict Despite knowing a lot about Agatha Christie's work, last September was the first time I listened to one of her books. I think I chose a good one, And Then There Were None, and plan to listen to more audiobooks of her work. When I first started reading The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, I did some research on her and her husband and doing so made this book more interesting for me.  In December 1926, Agatha Christie went missing for eleven days. Whether her The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict Despite knowing a lot about Agatha Christie's work, last September was the first time I listened to one of her books. I think I chose a good one, And Then There Were None, and plan to listen to more audiobooks of her work. When I first started reading The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, I did some research on her and her husband and doing so made this book more interesting for me.  In December 1926, Agatha Christie went missing for eleven days. Whether her disappearance involved foul play, she left under her own free will, or she experienced some kind of fugue or episode of amnesia, we will never know. Neither Agatha Christie's or her husband, Archibald Christie's reputations came out of this incident unscathed. After all, a thousand police officers and 15,000 volunteers were part of the search effort for Christie and it didn't sit well that there was no explanation given for why she was missing for eleven days.  Marie Benedict does a great job of incorporating fact and fiction to give us this story of Agatha Christie's life with Archie Christie. She uses history and tools from Christie's own writing to tell us a story of what "might" have happened and it isn't until the very end that I realized just how cleverly this story is told. I was over a quarter of the way into it before I really became invested in seeing how this story would play out but the farther I went into the story the more I wanted to understand what the author had in mind for us. If only I had time, I think it would be fun to reread the book with the new understanding that I gained by the end of the book.  Published December 29, 2020 Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark/Sourcebooks and Edelweiss for this ARC. 

  3. 5 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    3.5 stars 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 3.5 stars 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

  5. 4 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

  6. 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

  7. 5 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!!

  8. 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

  9. 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.’

  10. 5 out of 5

    marta the book slayer

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    Not the most satisfying historical fiction read. This book is the fourth one I have read by this author and one of my criticisms is I'm usually left wanting more in terms of development. Wasted potential is a good way to describe this book. It's a quick read but it felt uninspired. There are so many authors, including this one, that are churning out a book a year and I think in the vast majority of cases, it's too quick of a pace. Some more fine tuning was needed for this book. Agatha Christie do Not the most satisfying historical fiction read. This book is the fourth one I have read by this author and one of my criticisms is I'm usually left wanting more in terms of development. Wasted potential is a good way to describe this book. It's a quick read but it felt uninspired. There are so many authors, including this one, that are churning out a book a year and I think in the vast majority of cases, it's too quick of a pace. Some more fine tuning was needed for this book. Agatha Christie doesn't need much of an introduction given she is one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. However, some people might not know she went missing back in 1926 and didn't turn up for 11 days. At this point in time she was married, had a child, and had already published a few novels. Agatha never spilled the beans on what happened, not even in her autobiography. This historical fiction book basically explores one of the more popular theories as to why she went missing. The story alternates back and forth between the 10 or so years leading up to the disappearance in which she meets her future husband, gets married, etc. and the 11 days when her whereabouts are unknown until she pops up unexpectedly. I didn't mind the background info chapters of her life as you got to see things from her eyes. The huge problem for me with the book was her husband, Archie, is in the driver's seat, so to speak, for the disappearance plot. He's an unlikeable person and to be forced to spend half the book with him almost feels like torture. Another significant issue is the story really plays up the whole mystery angle of her disappearance and so it's like you are expecting some awesome ending like you would in a regular mystery novel. You almost feel letdown at the end as it's just lackluster. To be perfectly blunt, reading Agatha's Wikipedia page basically covers everything in the book and more and will take you way less time to read. Thank you to Jayme on Goodreads for pointing out Chapter 31 contains a spoiler for The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I took her advice since that is a book on my tbr list and skipped the chapter. The Mysterious Affair at Styles is another one that is briefly talked about in this book. Not sure if true spoilers are given or not since it's been years since I read that book.

  12. 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.

  13. 4 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!

  14. 5 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!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    As readers know, Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was an English writer known for her detective novels. The Mystery of Mrs. Christie uncovers the untold story of her mysterious eleven day disappearance. When she reappears, she claims amnesia, never revealing what happened. England, 1912. At Ugbrooke House ball Agatha Miller accepts a dance invitation from someone she has not been properly introduced to. “Because really, how dangerous could one dance be?” England, 1926. Archibald Christie receives a ph As readers know, Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was an English writer known for her detective novels. The Mystery of Mrs. Christie uncovers the untold story of her mysterious eleven day disappearance. When she reappears, she claims amnesia, never revealing what happened. England, 1912. At Ugbrooke House ball Agatha Miller accepts a dance invitation from someone she has not been properly introduced to. “Because really, how dangerous could one dance be?” England, 1926. Archibald Christie receives a phone call that his wife is missing. And right before his first questioning, he finds a letter from his wife. A letter he burns right after reading it. The story alternates between those two timelines. As it goes back in time, it reveals their courtship and her passion for writing. An altercation with her sister leads her to proving her sister wrong and setting a goal of writing a detective story. What she thought of as just a hobby until she snatches a husband, now is her mission. The present day story brings the proceedings of the police investigating the case. The husband is repeatedly questioned. What is he hiding? Insightful investigative proceedings are wrought with skill and expertise making it a very believable and deftly plotted story. The mystery aspect of the unknown words written in the letter keeps a reader in suspense. The past story is related by Agatha, whose voice is well-depicted reflecting a well-bred lady, which also brings some very enjoyable humor. Agatha is a likeable character. She is so proper and careful with her words. When her demanding husband requires to be at the center of attention, she does that for him, because that’s what is expected of her, of a well-bred woman of her time and station. With time as his interest in her wanes, she continues to find ways to make him happy as his happiness is paramount. Never mind her happiness. Despite all that, she is a very strong woman whose creative interests shine. From the first pages we get attached to an intriguing character of Agatha and enigmatic storyline. With each chapter alternating seamlessly between the timelines, the story gets even more and more engrossing. This is the best mystery novel I’ve ever read, which offers well-developed two aspects, mystery and character making it a page-turner with depth. I’m a huge fan of Marie Benedict. I’ve read all her books, which I highly recommend. She is a master storyteller bringing compelling tales intricately woven, with characters readers will deeply care for and prose to greatly enjoy. Originally posted at mysteryandsuspense.com

  16. 4 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

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    3.5 stars Mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared in December 1926. Her car was found on the edge of a deep pond near her home; her fur coat and suitcase left behind. When she reappeared eleven days later, no explanation was given besides a claim of temporary amnesia. This true story has fascinated mystery readers endlessly since! Was is a publicity stunt to promote her most recent book or something much more sinister? In The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, author Marie Benedict has imagined a possibi 3.5 stars Mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared in December 1926. Her car was found on the edge of a deep pond near her home; her fur coat and suitcase left behind. When she reappeared eleven days later, no explanation was given besides a claim of temporary amnesia. This true story has fascinated mystery readers endlessly since! Was is a publicity stunt to promote her most recent book or something much more sinister? In The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, author Marie Benedict has imagined a possibility for her disappearance that was a delicious slow burn - until the end. I loved the short chapters alternating timelines which kept me hooked. Agatha’s first hand account of meeting her husband and a slow decline in their marriage builds in one timeline while we witness her husband Archie’s actions in the days during her disappearance. Then we get a brief wrap up when Agatha is located and finally speaks with her husband. I enjoyed the intensity of the slow burn as the timelines build on each other but the reveal was a let down for me. This is by no means a mystery; it’s just a fictional account of what could have happened to Agatha and it kept me hooked up until the anti-climactic end. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical fiction and/or domestic suspense. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    February 2021: Overall, I enjoyed this one, but I will admit that I was also disappointed by it. I love Agatha Christie, both as a writer and as a historical figure, and her infamous real life disappearance of course fascinates me (as it has many people before me). She never spoke publicly about the eleven days she was missing afterwards, not even in her autobiography, so it's a mystery history will never solve. It was extremely intriguing, to say the least, that Marie Benedict wanted to offer u February 2021: Overall, I enjoyed this one, but I will admit that I was also disappointed by it. I love Agatha Christie, both as a writer and as a historical figure, and her infamous real life disappearance of course fascinates me (as it has many people before me). She never spoke publicly about the eleven days she was missing afterwards, not even in her autobiography, so it's a mystery history will never solve. It was extremely intriguing, to say the least, that Marie Benedict wanted to offer up an explanation. The results for me were mixed, though. Most of my thoughts are spoilery, but here's what I can say. I think it was a bit of a mistake for the author to try to write in the first person POV from Ms. Christie, to assume the voice of such a significant historical figure. Half the book is flashbacks from her POV, first person, telling of how she met her first husband, Archie, and leading up to their eventual messy separation just days before Ms. Christie went missing. The other half of the book takes place in Archie's POV, close third person, as he deals with the fallout from her disappearance. For most of the book, those sections were much more engaging to me because I wasn't distracted by the POV and the voice that Benedict choice to use for her subject. Also, it was great seeing him flop around trying to navigate what was going on, because he is a total dick and he deserved it. Before I get to my spoilery thoughts, I do want to say that this book does quite a lot of things right, and I'm sure a lot of my disappointment is coming from my ridiculously high expectations. As mentioned previously, the Archie sections were great. The combo of her villainous soon to be ex-husband and the mystery of the disappearance work great together. I also liked the Agatha sections more and more as we got closer to catching up with the present day, towards her disappearance. it's clear she did a butt ton of research, reading Ms. Christie's letters to get her voice correct (even though it still bothered me, but more on that in the spoiler section), and making sure historical events and people were at the right place in the right time. I also loved the insight into the personal life of one of my favorite authors. So here is where I spoil the ending. (view spoiler)[What bugged me specifically about the Agatha POV sections, and I didn't want to mention it in the non-spoiler section because of potential expectations it would set up, is that Agatha for most of the POV we see from her seems so much like a doormat! She's wispy and soft and beholden to her husband. She's extremely vulnerable and goes out of her way to detail the state of her emotions, which are wrecked by her husband's behavior. She was utterly unrecognizable to me as the strong, confident, extremely clever woman I had pictured previously (although there were glimmers). This really messed with me for most of the book. But then! At the end you find out that her POV sections were actually written by Agatha the character and left in the form of a manuscript for Archie to read, which was specifically written and constructed as a threat to hold over Archie to get what she wanted in the divorce. In short, she manipulates the shit out of him, and as a result, we learn that the only real Agatha we see the whole novel is at the end when she confronts him. Everything in "The Manuscript" is suspect, and unreliable because it is not a true narrative, but in fact a weapon. This twist is very Agatha Christie, and I think the author ends up pulling it off, but I can't help but remain frustrated that, a) you really have to read twice to get the full effect, and b) that Ms. Christie remains so aloof as a character, when what I wanted from the experience was to be let in as an insider, and not tricked along with her arsehole husband. So: conflicted. (hide spoiler)] I would recommend this book, but you really have to get to the end, or the whole thing is pointless. No DNFing! Just resist! Also, don't go in expecting or wanting your socks to be blown off or anything and I think you will have a good time. I may round up to four stars in the future if I re-read. I do own it in hardcover. [3.5 stars] December 2020: 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    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.

  21. 4 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pam Jenoff

    Have you heard about this instant bestseller, which looks fictitiously at the real-life disappearance of mystery writer Agatha Christie in 1926? Benedict offers one of the most intriguing and plausible explanations for what might have really happened in this thrilling blockbuster.

  23. 5 out of 5

    NILTON TEIXEIRA

    Ok. Here is the thing, since this book has been endorsed by Kate Quinn, Lisa Wingate and Stuart Turton and that there are lots of fans of this book, I promise to be very brief. This one failed me at every level. See, that says all. But please, do not let me stop you from reading. Perhaps I’m just a cranky old man (or getting there). 😊 Happy reading! Spoiler Alert: there is a single mention of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd where the author reveals the murderer. In my opinion she murdered the book.

  24. 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*

  25. 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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4 clever stars I have long wanted to read the historical fiction books that Marie Benedict has written, and I finally prioritized this newest one from her about the legendary Agatha Christie. Focused in on the real 11-day missing episode in Agatha’s life, Benedict has crafted a possible explanation for those 11 days. The book alternates chapters between Agatha’s manuscript and the days of the disappearance. Agatha’s husband Archie becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance and as we get deeper 4 clever stars I have long wanted to read the historical fiction books that Marie Benedict has written, and I finally prioritized this newest one from her about the legendary Agatha Christie. Focused in on the real 11-day missing episode in Agatha’s life, Benedict has crafted a possible explanation for those 11 days. The book alternates chapters between Agatha’s manuscript and the days of the disappearance. Agatha’s husband Archie becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance and as we get deeper into the book, I began to wonder just what had happened to her and what role he played. I enjoyed reading about how Mrs. Christie developed her writing and trademark Hercule Poirot character. It makes me want to pick up a few of her books to read again! The ending was very clever indeed and I found this to be a quick and engaging read. A fun buddy read with Marilyn and Jayme!

  27. 4 out of 5

    tomisin ✨

    Agatha Christie one of the best-selling writers of all time, behind only the Bible and Shakespeare. So when she mysteriously disappears for almost two weeks in 1926, everyone wants answers. Marie Benedict has done a wonderful job with her speculation of the circumstances behind Christie’s disappearance. What could have happened? What caused Christie to leave? Was foul play involved? Although historically unknown because Agatha Christie claims amnesia, Benedict gives us insight into many issues i Agatha Christie one of the best-selling writers of all time, behind only the Bible and Shakespeare. So when she mysteriously disappears for almost two weeks in 1926, everyone wants answers. Marie Benedict has done a wonderful job with her speculation of the circumstances behind Christie’s disappearance. What could have happened? What caused Christie to leave? Was foul play involved? Although historically unknown because Agatha Christie claims amnesia, Benedict gives us insight into many issues in the Christie household that suggest reasons for her vanishment. Written in Christie-like prose, this is the great mystery of one of the world’s greatest mystery novelists. Intriguing and engaging, this book reminded me so much of an Agatha Christie novel, and I was hooked from the very beginning. 4/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ************************** One thing to note: the second paragraph of chapter 31 contains a spoiler for The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. If you haven’t read that book yet, this paragraph can easily be skipped without missing any important part of the story.

  28. 5 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!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan Z

    I very much enjoyed this book. The writing was hard to get into, but as long as I could sit with the book for a while, the words flew off the page. The story is told in alternate timelines, from her days as a young lady leading up to her meeting Mr Christie and days following her disappearance in 1926. I thought the author did a great job telling a very plausible tale to explain that disappearance. I sure hope she was right! I will definitely read more by Marie Benedict, but before I do, I better I very much enjoyed this book. The writing was hard to get into, but as long as I could sit with the book for a while, the words flew off the page. The story is told in alternate timelines, from her days as a young lady leading up to her meeting Mr Christie and days following her disappearance in 1926. I thought the author did a great job telling a very plausible tale to explain that disappearance. I sure hope she was right! I will definitely read more by Marie Benedict, but before I do, I better read an Agatha Christie book. It's a disgrace that I have never read one of her books.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Hmm not sure how I feel about this one...need some time to ponder this...

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