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Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,628 ratings  ·  82 reviews
In December 1926 Agatha Christie became front-page news when she vanished in bizarre circumstances from her home in Berkshire, England. The crime writer was found 11 days later in a hotel in Harrogate,Yorkshire, claiming to be the victim of amnesia. Up till now none of her biographers has come up with conclusive evidence as to what Agatha Christie did in the first 24 hours ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1998)
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Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Although this book is titled, “Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days,” the author is unable to really create a great deal of suspense, or mystery, about the actual events of Agatha Christie’s disappearance in 1926. Therefore, what follows is really a biography which omits her very early life, and the way that those eleven days came to haunt Christie, who hated any mention of what happened around a time which was deeply upsetting and traumatic for her.

When Agatha Christie disappeared in De
Petra Willemse
Feb 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't know if I can convey how much I disliked this book. I love Agatha Christie's books. So when I heard about her real life mysterious disappearance and that there was a non-fiction accounting of it, I couldn't wait to read it. Unfortunately, this is one of the most disorganized books I have read in ages. For example, on page 122, after multiple mentions of the Harrogate Hydro, the author writes this is the nickname for the Harrogate Hydropathic Hotel. That kind of information is crucial to ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In December 1926 the celebrated crime writer Agatha Christie disappeared from her home in Berkshire and later her car was found abandoned with some of her effects inside just off the A25 Dorking Road.

The story made front page news and the Surrey and Berkshire police employed any number of officers, assisted on occasions by the public, in an attempt to locate her. They concentrated on the area around where the car had been found and privately some officers felt that she had been murdered.

With tha
Jan 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Jared Cade may well be an "acknowledged expert on Christiana", but unfortunately he has absorbed none of Christie's narrative skill or clarity during his readings.

While there are some interesting details about the eponymous "11 missing days", the majority of the book is a boring list of events in the life of Agatha Christie which have not been organised into any kind of narrative. Worse, the book is repetitive to a ridiculous degree and, towards the end, just recounts summaries of Christie's Ma
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
For the fan that really REALLY wants to know what happened to the 'eleven missing days' this is an interesting read. But be warned: this is a book that is NOT written by a natural writer and even though it is narrated competently up through the disappearance it then bizarrely loses focus and becomes a compendium of the author's last years and plot summaries of her Mary W. novels (point being that I think the author believes it is these 'romance' novels that Christie laid out many of the psycholo ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
This review is subject to updating if and when I actually finish the book.
I was interested to read this book but so far find the writing choppy and disorganised. Cade claims to have been given "exclusive access" to family correspondence and documents. Does this mean he quotes from those sources, or at least provides footnotes citing sources of his statements? It does not. He bases his claim to "exclusive access" on the fact that he has read everything Christie ever wrote, and apparently her surv
Diane Wachter
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is Jared Cade's theory of the reasons behind Agatha Christie's disappearance for eleven days in December of 1926. Christie never reveled anything about the disappearance, even after her death. So this is pure speculation on Cade's part, and I don't buy it! I don't believe in the accident/amnesia/suicide attempt theory. I believe she was a woman deeply hurt by her husband's betrayal. I believe she wanted to scare him with the possibility of her death...the "you'll be sorry" approach. Sh ...more
First Second Books
(A book about when she faked her death and tried to get the cops to blame it on her cheating husband. It didn't work out that well.) ...more
Charlotte Smith
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
Started reading this book unsure of what to expect but glad I did. This is where agatha Christie disappears for a while and what she went though in her life.
Connie G
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Agatha Christie disappeared on the night of December 3, 1926, and her car was found on the edge of a chalk pit on a Surrey road. For eleven days the police and the public searched for the mystery author. She was finally found at a Harrogate hotel and health spa, registered under an assumed name. The story that the family gave to reporters was that she suffered from a concussion and amnesia.

Journalist Jared Cade researched Agatha Christie's life for six years and came up with probable reasons for
Lindley Walter-smith
Less what it says on the cover than another biography presented with a lengthy theory about Christie's disappearance. The attempts to link everything she ever did or wrote to either her disappearance or Archie Christie's infidelity mean the author sometimes draws a very long bow indeed. ...more
Colin Mitchell
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The Transmuted Tree
This book should have been called Agatha Christie's Whole Damn Life in Tedious, Superfluous Detail. ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book claims to be ‘a gripping detective story’ (Harpers and Queen) based on the events surrounding Agatha Christie’s disappearance for 11 days in late 1926.

Whilst I did not know anything about this disappearance or had ever previously heard of it. I found the book lacking in many aspects. Cade’s writing did not grip me or lure me to read on. I had to force myself to finish the book, hoping that the promised suspense would kick in at any moment. Unfortunately it did not. On the contrary I fou
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am confused. I heard about Christie's mysterious disappearance many years ago. When I heard about this book I thought - finally the mystery explained. The book does little to explain what Christie was really up to when she "disappeared". It is a biography.

What confuses me most is that this book earned an overall rating of over 4 stars. Many of you reviewed the book with negative comments and then gave it a 3. While the writing is cohesive and mostly sequential, this was simply a biography. So
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie led a long and eventful life, which this author has managed to cover in 240 pages. It makes most other literary biographies seem unnecessarily padded. A key part of the book is uncovering the truth, as far as it can be ascertained, around Agatha's disappearance in December 1926, but it is not simply a book about those eleven days. (view spoiler) ...more
Heidi Racht
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I have always enjoyed Agatha Christie's books and had recently seen a film, Agatha and the Truth of Murder, that fictionally explained the missing eleven days. In any case, this book by Jared Cade was revealing in that it portrayed this most successful author as being insecure - to put it mildly - about her financial status, her aging, the faithfulness of her husbands, even some of her writing. This book is often at odds with Wikipedia, for example, and other assessments, which portray her secon ...more
Charity Dušíková
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a mixed bag. I didn't have high expectations for the book; it just happened to be available through my Libby account, so I borrowed it. The information within was suitable to why I picked it up in the first place: my curiosity over Christie's disappearance. The scope of the book is well beyond just the disappearance, and is, in fact, a biography. I don't know whether to fault the author or the editor for certain clumsy sections, lack of transition, overly lengthy book descriptions, ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This well-researched and incredibly detailed biography provides a credible explanation for the eleven days that Agatha Christie went missing in December 1926. Transcriptions of interviews, newspaper articles, official documents, and intimate plot examinations of many of Christie's books, bolster the account as presented by Jared Cade. Furthermore, Cade writes lovingly, yet honestly, about the legendary mystery novelist, and her family and friends. By the time one finishes the book, it's as if on ...more
I really liked the content of this book. The author's conclusions about the disappearance and the influence it had on the rest of Agatha Christie's life were very interesting, and he had clearly done a great deal of research. However, I thought the actual writing left a lot to be desired. Paragraphs were filled with material unrelated to the rest of the paragraph, ideas were left undeveloped, and there were numerous typos. It seemed like a first draft, although the edition I read was "revised an ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never knew much about Agatha Christie, so this was interesting. I love the time periods that she lived in. To some extent, her story reads like something she wrote (minus the murder element). I think that the author probably assumed or imagined certain things, but I do believe that he talked to people who were close to Agatha Christie and did a lot of research. I wouldn't be surprised if his claim is true and it is one of the more accurate biographies. ...more
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a most fascinating book about what happened to Agatha Christie when she was missing for eleven days. It is very well written and appears to be very well researched. It was full of amazing and interesting facts about Agatha Christie and about her most unusual life. I have always wondered whether she really did have amnesia while she was missing; but the real facts are much more interesting!
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A must read for all Agatha Christie fans. I never read a biography with so much insight into her private life and family. This book only made my admiration for the author grow further. Kind of a " Celebrities... they're just like just" moment. I also felt for the first time a deep antipathy for her daughter Rosalind. Many times I put the book down and exclaimed "Rosalind, You're such a.... *unpleasant person*" ...more
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have always been fascinated by the 11 days that Agatha Christie came up missing, and this book answers my questions in a manner that none of the other biographies of Dame Christie have never been able to do.
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
It was tough to finish this book for various reasons. I wanted to learn about the 11 missing days but only theories were given. The author spent a lot of time on events before and after the missing days. The book was not well written - missing lots of commas, etc.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Erin Patterson
Apr 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
It was tough to get through. This whole book could have been summed up in about three chapters.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book needed SERIOUS editing! Too much extraneous detail made it painful to read!
Jan 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Theoretically an interesting subject, ruined by writing that is dreadful on a technical level.
Louise Culmer
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
an interesting book, a biography of Agatha Christie focusing mainly on her disappearance in 1926 and its aftermath. JAsper Cade's theory is that her disappearance, and the embarrassing publicity that it attracted, affected Christie for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, he is much given to making statements about Christie without offering sources to back them up. FOr instance, he writes about Agatha throwing things at Archie Christie during rows they had, but doesn't quote any source for this, ...more
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