The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

Thank you to Amber Choudhary at Midas PR for the invitation to join the Mantle Books blog tour and a gorgeous proof copy to read and review.

Synopsis:

In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days. Only I know the truth of her disappearance.
I’m no Hercule Poirot.
I’m her husband’s mistress.

Agatha Christie’s world is one of glamorous society parties, country house weekends, and growing literary fame.

Nan O’Dea’s world is something very different. Her attempts to escape a tough London upbringing during the Great War led to a life in Ireland marred by a hidden tragedy.

After fighting her way back to England, she’s set her sights on Agatha. Because Agatha Christie has something Nan wants. And it’s not just her husband.

Despite their differences, the two women will become the most unlikely of allies. And during the mysterious eleven days that Agatha goes missing, they will unravel a dark secret that only Nan holds the key to . . .

Nina de Gramont’s The Christie Affair is a stunning novel which reimagines the unexplained eleven-day disappearance of Agatha Christie in 1926 that captivated the world.

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My thoughts:

I’ve enjoyed reading books by Agatha Christie over the years, and watching the TV/film adaptations too, but have read very little about the actual author. So when this synopsis started with ‘In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days. Only I know the truth of her disappearance‘ I knew I wanted to read more.

This was an entertaining read, one I didn’t want to put down. The story is told in part by Nan O’Dea, the mistress of Archie Christie, who was married to Agatha at the time she disappeared in 1926. Initially I had little sympathy for Nan, but as the story progressed my thoughts changed. However my thoughts about obnoxious Archie remained the same.

This is a heartbreaking read in places, about how many women in the 1920’s disappeared without a trace, yet hundreds of police hunted for just one woman, Agatha Christie. It also covers the loss of loved ones due to the War and Flu epidemic, and the brutality of the Catholic Church.

This was a story that kept me guessing. Where had Agatha gone? Would she return to Archie if found? Why did Nan travel to Yorkshire after Agatha disappeared? A book full of excellent characters, unexplained deaths, and a missing author.

Happy to recommend this well written book to readers of my reviews.

Author Bio:

Nina de Gramont’s is the author of a collection of short stories, Of Cats and Men, as well as the novels Gossip of the Starlings and The Last September. She has written several YA novels (Every Little Thing in the World, Meet Me at the River, The Boy I Love, and — under the pen name Marina Gessner — The Distance From Me to You).

Nina teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She lives in coastal North Carolina with her daughter and her husband, the writer David Gessner. 

Learn more about Nina at http://www.ninadegramont.com

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By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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