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  • A disappearance retold

    There was hesitation on my part as to whether or not I wanted to read The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont. Like many, I was familiar with the reporting of Agatha Christie’s eleven day disappearance, which remains a mystery to this day. To say that I was surprised by this novel is an understatement. The author tells a fictional story surrounding the Christie mystery by using subjects such as the sexual mores of the early twentieth century, love affairs gone wrong, the First World War, unwed motherhood, murders, extra-marital affairs, and so much more. This is such a convoluted, mysterious blend of several characters’ lives that the reader is treated to an original and mesmerizing tale. It becomes difficult to remember that this is a work of fiction. Giving more details about this novel would give away information that readers will enjoy discovering for themselves. This is a book for those readers who like their mysteries with a slice of personal drama. Nina de Gramont has taken an actual event and written a fascinating book of fiction around it. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Suspenseful, Atmospheric and Engrossing...What If?

    As a rabid Agatha Christie fan who has read each of her books (including those under her pseudonym) many times, I read everything about her I can get my hands on. I have an entire Agatha Christie section in my library so was excited about another book about her intriguing disappearance in 1925. I love that it has been kept secret and enshrouded in mystique. Oh, how fun it would be to have a chatty tea wherein she spilled all the juicy details. Though fictional, this suspenseful book of course does include some facts. It is written from the perspective of the paramour which is incredibly interesting. Her name has been slightly changed from Nancy Neele to Nan O'Dea. The portrayal of Agatha in ways is much different from how I have traditionally viewed her but this is a reimagining. Not only do we witness Nan's take during the eleven-day disappearance but we get information on Nan's background as a young girl which is fascinating. We see glimpses into Agatha's home life with her husband Archie and daughter nicknamed Teddy as well as the frantic search for her by countless police officers and investigators. Details such as her deserted car and typewriter add pieces of reality which is well done. Some aspects of this story are believable, others less so. However, it is a frolicking and witty read with fabulous bends and turns all over the place. Well worth the read for Agatha Christie fans as well as those who enjoy unsolved mysteries. My sincere thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this riveting book!

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  • Eleven Days

    An interesting but very different tale of the famous disappearance of Agatha Christie for eleven days in 1925. It is a mystery within a mystery. It is told by Mr. Christie's mistress, Nan O'Day. One day Agatha packs a bag and disappears. Her car is found, but not Agatha. It is quite a brilliantly written what if of a tale of those missing eleven days until Agatha is found again. The story is mostly written about Nan O'Day the mistress, how she came to be in England and her reason for becoming a mistress to Mr. Christie. It is quite a story and a good one at that. I wasn't sure about the ending, I really felt bad for the Irish fellow, but I guess life move in different directions. It was quite a twist at the end and I never expected that. I listened to the audio book and I also read the book. It was a little harder to follow than some and that helped me to figure out where I was in the book. It did a lot of twisting, turning and going back and forth between past and present time. Nan's story was quite sad and I understood her character a bit more as the story continued. It was almost three stories, Nan's story, Agatha's story and the story of the two of them and the ending. I did enjoy reading the story and I would recommend it. Thanks to Nina De Gramont for writing an interesting story, to St. Martin's Press for publishing it, and to NetGalley for making it available to me.

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  • Enjoyable read

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars. The Christie Affair delves in to the infamous 11 day disappearance of Agatha Christie which turned into a massive manhunt . The Christie Affair offers an unique version of what happened in those 11 days and it is told by the Nan who is as they say "the other woman". The book combines, history, mystery and various view point throughout. We will never know what actually happened but Nina de Gramont has offered a plausible explanation and one that is entertaining to read and consider.

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  • Wonderful Mystery

    Agatha Christie has a story to tell, well actually Nan O’Dea has a story to tell. Nan O’Dea has caught the attention of Agatha’s husband and plans to marry him. As with any story it is not quite that simple of a story. Nina de Gramont, the author, did an amazing job with the twists and turns, the truths and the lies, the victories, and the losses in the life of Nan O’Dea. She has her reasons for needing to be part of Archie Christies life. Her need to be in his life is so real and so heartbreaking. I knew throughout the entire story that there was more to Nan’s story than was being told. The Christie Affair is a wonderful mystery telling the story of a well-known mystery author. I enjoyed learning more about her life. A cheating husband in 1920’s is very much like a cheating husband in the 2020’s, yet the mistress and the wife have very unique stories to tell in this book, during this time.

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