One of the most infamous unsolved mysteries of the literary world surrounds the 11 day disappearance of Agatha Christie. There are endless possibilities for a narrative of how she spent those days and Nina de Gramont created one of the most intriguing. Nan O'Dea, Archibald Christie's mistress, shares the events that unfolded during the disappearance and the role she played in the whole affair. I loved this book because it offers everything you'd hope to discover about Agatha Christie's missing 11 days - true love, betrayal, revenge, murder and even an unlikely friendship.— Sara
“A fascinating look into the real-life disappearance of Agatha Christie in December, 1926. Told by her husband's mistress, it is a story of love, loss, and revenge. You’ll wonder what will happen next when you’re not reading it. Excellent!”
— Nona Camuel, CoffeeTree Books, Morehead, KY
A Reese's Book Club Pick
Nina de Gramont's The Christie Affair is a stunning new novel that reimagines the unexplained eleven-day disappearance of Agatha Christie that captivated the world.
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?
A beguiling novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder—and a brilliant re-imagination of one of the most talked-about unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century
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