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 glamourous 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 allies. And during the mysterious eleven days that Agatha goes missing, they will unravel a dark secret that only Nan holds the key to…
Thank you firstly to the publisher / Midas Pr for sending me a gifted copy of The Christie Affair, its a beautiful quality proof with lovely thick paper and was a pleasure to read.
The story itself, as detailed in the blurb focusses on the 11 days in 1926 when Agatha Christie was missing, sparking a huge manhunt. This work of historical fiction creates a story around this true event, told in the first person voice of Nan O’Dea. The story then moves between those 11 days, told chronologically and ‘then’; going back to Nan’s childhood and later, time spent in Ireland and a past trauma.
Without spoilers the story unfolds tremendously, this was a traditional mystery with clues planted for the reader to spot and I was delighted to have worked some of this out prior to the reveal. The early part of the book I did find to be a little slow, however this is a read that is definitely worth perservering with and as the story progressed the pages turned faster and faster.
This is a book I would recommend, set predominantly in England, although some of Nan’s history took the story to Ireland, recovering from WW1 the Spanish Flu was touched on and the experiences of women at this time in history. Nan was a woman who against the odds had relentlessly pursued what she wanted and while the book commenced with her cast in the role of mistress to Archie Christie, there was so much more to her story.
A grand piece of historical fiction, it had me googling Agatha Christie and her period of being missing, it left me wanting to know more, which I firmly believe is a sign of success in this genre. Published later this month, will you be adding The Christie Affair to your TBR?
About the Author
Nina De Gramont lives with her husband and daughter in coastal North Carolina, where she teaches Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Her interest in writing about Agatha Christie began in 2015 when she first learned about the famous author’s eleven – day disappearance. Christie’s refusal to ever speak about this episode particularly intrigued Nina who loves the fact that someone who unravelled mysteries for a living managed to keep her own intact.