Monday, October 4, 2021

The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont

Every story has its secrets.

Every mystery has its motives.

“A long time ago, in another country, I nearly killed a woman. It’s a particular feeling, the urge to murder. It takes over your body so completely, it’s like a divine force, grabbing hold of your will, your limbs, your psyche. There’s a joy to it. In retrospect, it’s frightening, but I daresay in the moment it feels sweet. The way justice feels sweet.” 

The greatest mystery wasn’t Agatha Christie’s disappearance in those eleven infamous days, it’s what she discovered. 

London, 1925: In a world of townhomes and tennis matches, socialites and shooting parties, Miss Nan O’Dea became Archie Christie’s mistress, luring him away from his devoted and well-known wife, Agatha Christie. 

The question is, why? Why destroy another woman’s marriage, why hatch a plot years in the making, and why murder? How was Nan O’Dea so intricately tied to those eleven mysterious days that Agatha Christie went missing?

I received a copy of this book from the publisher Pan Macmillan and Netgalley in return for an honest review. Thank you.

This was Tsundoku Squads September read, our 9th together. We were quite excited for this one, especially as a few of the group are big Agatha fans. I’ve actually only read one Agatha myself but had heard about her disappearance and it intrigued me.

I’m sad to say I found myself not really enjoying this one much. I think we all agreed we were expecting more Agatha and really this could have been a story about Nan and not even mentioned Agatha at all. I enjoyed parts of Nans story, but didn’t like her from the start knowing she was having an affair with Archie, Agathas husband. I admit I skim read he last half maybe, after not getting on with it much at all.

I have heard good things from others though so please don’t let me put you off!

Thanks again to Pan Macmillan, Nina de Gramont and Netgalley for my review ebook.

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