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The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  13,082 ratings  ·  2,065 reviews

Marie Benedict, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, uncovers the untold story of Agatha Christie’s mysterious eleven day disappearance.

In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a
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Published December 29th 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Susan I think the letter told Archie to read the manuscript (and I think it told him where to find it since it wasn’t attached to the letter). And I think t…moreI think the letter told Archie to read the manuscript (and I think it told him where to find it since it wasn’t attached to the letter). And I think the letter was threatening. Kind of like, “read the manuscript, I’m going to get even with you, Archie, play it cool. Act like a devoted husband when the cops come calling, or they’re going to think you killed me. I’ve planted evidence. You wait and see...”. Because Archie often references doing what the letter says, and then he acts kind and caring. That’s what I think anyway. Hope this helps!(less)

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daph pink ♡
Buddy read with my kindred spirit Zuzu ❤️

"Only by following my directions at each crossroads in this journey will the story end well for us all."

2*gone girl gone sooooo wrong* stars!

I’m writing a real unpopular review right now! After falling in love with this spectacular cover and being intrigued with the promising plot I was sold! I was definitely ready to go blind but in the middle of somewhere I was lost. I was cursing myself like how am i not liking a book written about Agatha
Jenny Lawson
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty sure Agatha Christie's disappearance was due to alien wasps but this is a fairly fascinating alternate theory. ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

Despite knowing a lot about Agatha Christie's work, last September was the first time I listened to one of her books. I think I chose a good one, And Then There Were None, and plan to listen to more audiobooks of her work. When I first started reading The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, I did some research on her and her husband and doing so made this book more interesting for me. 

In December 1926, Agatha Christie went missing for eleven days. Whether her
Miranda Reads
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

But really, how dangerous could one dance be?
Agatha Christie was a young woman when she met, fell in love with and eventually married Archibald Christie. It was a whirlwind magical romance and Agatha was over the moon.
"You've got to marry me, Agatha. You simply must."
And, at first, her marriage went along beautifully...but as the months go by, Archibald began acting more...and more...strange.
"What sort of story is it?" he asked.
"A murder mystery."
"You?" He laughed
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t care if it’s written by her, inspired by her or her most famous characters, with her as the main character in the story (see Andrew Wilson’s series) or it’s just her name on the title. I will read anything Agatha Christie. It’s not for nothing that she’s my favorite writer ever.

The mystery the title of this books refers to is her much talked about disappearance during 11 days in December 1926, which unleashed an unprecedented manhunt to find her. When she reappeared she claimed amnesia,
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it

As the synopsis suggests...Agatha Christie’s eleven day disappearance in 1926 may be her greatest mystery of all.

She skims right over it in her own autobiography, so author Marie Benedict, IMAGINES what may have really happened instead of the claim of amnesia that was made and it is OH SO CLEVER!

PART ONE alternates between the MANUSCRIPT and the DISAPPEARANCE.

The manuscript begins with Agatha Miller’s debutante days where she dares to wear “Peter Pan” c
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
This was a DNF for me, so overly wordy, couldn't get into this story at all!! ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dr-tbr-3
Quick thoughts: I have read all of Marie Benedict’s books featuring strong women in history, and every year, I think she’s topped herself. She really has topped herself with this book featuring Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance!

Yes, Christie really disappeared and this story is not well known, and it happened just as her career was beginning to take off.

I just cannot get over how clever this book is, and in true Christie style, brace yourself for that last twist ahead of time!

Thank yo
marta the book slayer
If you are looking for a novel that contains the following:
predictable plot
flat characters
unlikable characters
poor writing
Then this is the book for you!


The premise of this novel really pulled me in and I was so excited to read a historical fiction novel after not reading one for a while; this might have been one of the worst books I could have picked. Absolutely none of the characters were likable, even the seven year old daughter utters phrases that were unbelievable for a child to sa
Katie B
Not the most satisfying historical fiction read. This book is the fourth one I have read by this author and one of my criticisms is I'm usually left wanting more in terms of development. Wasted potential is a good way to describe this book. It's a quick read but it felt uninspired. There are so many authors, including this one, that are churning out a book a year and I think in the vast majority of cases, it's too quick of a pace. Some more fine tuning was needed for this book.

Agatha Christie do
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Today, we start planning the largest manhunt England has ever seen’.

I must admit that I’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel, however, the prospect of solving the mysterious disappearance of a famous mystery writer was too temping to pass up. And I thought it fitting after finishing up Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Moonflower Murders’. This was an intricately woven mystery that stays right in the footprints of what Christie is best known for. Cleverly laid clues meant to lead the reader through a maze
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Oh this book was so good - how have I never read this author before? All of her books are now on my TBR. As soon as I saw this one I had to have it and I ordered it from Book Depository, unsure if it would come out in Australia. I am glad that I did as I now have a gorgeous hardcover book!

Everybody knows Agatha Christie books, but how much do we know about the woman herself? I was surprised to learn that she loved to surf! She was an interesting and strong woman. In December 1926, Agatha Christi
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict is a historical fiction book based around the famous author’s eleven day disappearance in December of 1926. I have loved Agatha Christie mysteries since I was first introduced to and read about the brilliant Hercule Poirot when I was just thirteen years old. There was not a doubt after reading and watching anything related to Agatha Christie that I would be reading this book and I can
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
My very first Marie Benedict and definitely won't be my last. Wow!! I flew through this book!

The Mystery Of Mrs. Christie was fascinating and so well written. I very much enjoyed the structure of this book and was completely immersed in the story. I loved learning more about Agatha Christie and her rise to becoming a famous mystery writer. So cool!

The timeline alternates between Agatha Christie, before her disappearance and her husband Archie (Archibald), after her disappearance. The story revo
As readers know, Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was an English writer known for her detective novels. The Mystery of Mrs. Christie uncovers the untold story of her mysterious eleven day disappearance. When she reappears, she claims amnesia, never revealing what happened.

England, 1912. At Ugbrooke House ball Agatha Miller accepts a dance invitation from someone she has not been properly introduced to. “Because really, how dangerous could one dance be?”

England, 1926. Archibald Christie receives a ph
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Hmm not sure how I feel about this one...need some time to ponder this...
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it

Thank you to Edelweiss and Sourcebooks Landmark for the ARC of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict. I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie mysteries and enjoyed reading more about her personal life.

Agatha Christie has disappeared! Colonel Archibald Christie learns that his wife has gone missing, and an investigation into her whereabouts is imminent. When the police and investigators come up empty handed, questions surrounding the colonel’s involvement come into question. Where has Mrs. Ch
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
3.5 stars

Mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared in December 1926. Her car was found on the edge of a deep pond near her home; her fur coat and suitcase left behind. When she reappeared eleven days later, no explanation was given besides a claim of temporary amnesia.
This true story has fascinated mystery readers endlessly since! Was is a publicity stunt to promote her most recent book or something much more sinister?

In The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, author Marie Benedict has imagined a possibi
February 2021: Overall, I enjoyed this one, but I will admit that I was also disappointed by it. I love Agatha Christie, both as a writer and as a historical figure, and her infamous real life disappearance of course fascinates me (as it has many people before me). She never spoke publicly about the eleven days she was missing afterwards, not even in her autobiography, so it's a mystery history will never solve. It was extremely intriguing, to say the least, that Marie Benedict wanted to offer u ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read all the Agatha Christie novels and always enjoyed anything relating to her so this book was always going to interest me. In December 1926, Agatha Christie went missing, causing a real life mystery. Investigators found an empty car on the edge of a pond with tire marks close by and her fur coat left in the car. Her disappearance a mystery and her husband and daughter were clueless to her whereabouts. A manhunt was launched only for Agatha Christie to reappear eleven days later claimin ...more
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Nope. This was a huge miss. Sophomoric. Just bad writing. And seriously - “Detective Chief Constable” can’t be shortened? It’s like the author is intentionally trying to irritate the hell out of her readers by refusing to call him simply “Kenward”. Or DCC Kenward. There is no need to abuse us that way.

This narrative contains too many trite circumstances, too much dialogue that sounds like 2020, not 1926. It is unlikely that agatha christie was ever the pathetic creature portrayed in this novel,
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A spectacular mystery about a puzzling episode in the life of the revered Agatha Christie. It is December, 1926. Agatha and her husband are spending a weekend apart and she simply vanishes. Marie Benedict takes us back in time to the moment of their first meeting and then forward to the present crisis. A second timeline covers the search from Archibald Christie's perspective, beginning with a letter that Agatha left him. What is the truth behind her disappearance? Was there foul play after the f ...more
Pam Jenoff
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Have you heard about this instant bestseller, which looks fictitiously at the real-life disappearance of mystery writer Agatha Christie in 1926? Benedict offers one of the most intriguing and plausible explanations for what might have really happened in this thrilling blockbuster.
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Unfortunately this author is just not for me. I do love the historical fiction genre, but Marie Benedict puts too much conjecture into her books that supposedly contain history. This one, about the disappearance of Agatha Christie, an event that Mrs Christi never spoke of or gave reasons why, is the ultimate theme of the book. While Benedict's guessing to the reason may indeed have been the case, I just could not from about the 60% mark make the story work for me. ...more
Ok. Here is the thing, since this book has been endorsed by Kate Quinn, Lisa Wingate and Stuart Turton and that there are lots of fans of this book, I promise to be very brief.
This one failed me at every level.
See, that says all.
But please, do not let me stop you from reading. Perhaps I’m just a cranky old man (or getting there). 😊
Happy reading!

Spoiler Alert: there is a single mention of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd where the author reveals the murderer. In my opinion she murdered the book.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Ever since reading Agatha Christie’s autobiography as a teen, after having binge-read my way through all her books, I have been intrigued by the real life mystery surrounding her ten-day disappearance in 1926, a secret she has taken to the grave with her. I was therefore very excited to read Marie Benedict’s interpretation of what could have happened, and I must say that I liked this version very much!

The handsome and yet stiff-upper-lip arrogant Archibald Christie did little to endear himself t
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-reads, 2021
4 clever stars

I have long wanted to read the historical fiction books that Marie Benedict has written, and I finally prioritized this newest one from her about the legendary Agatha Christie. Focused in on the real 11-day missing episode in Agatha’s life, Benedict has crafted a possible explanation for those 11 days.

The book alternates chapters between Agatha’s manuscript and the days of the disappearance. Agatha’s husband Archie becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance and as we get deeper
tomisin ✨
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie one of the best-selling writers of all time, behind only the Bible and Shakespeare. So when she mysteriously disappears for almost two weeks in 1926, everyone wants answers.

Marie Benedict has done a wonderful job with her speculation of the circumstances behind Christie’s disappearance. What could have happened? What caused Christie to leave? Was foul play involved? Although historically unknown because Agatha Christie claims amnesia, Benedict gives us insight into many issues i
Camille Maio
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Marie Benedict. Agatha Christie is my very favorite author, so I was excited to read this take on the mystery behind her eleven day disappearance. Benedict chose to capitalize on Christie's incredible puzzling skills to craft a believable tale that, in the absence of the real story, makes it easy to believe this one. Can't wait to see what this author has up her sleeve next! ...more
Susan Z
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book. The writing was hard to get into, but as long as I could sit with the book for a while, the words flew off the page.

The story is told in alternate timelines, from her days as a young lady leading up to her meeting Mr Christie and days following her disappearance in 1926. I thought the author did a great job telling a very plausible tale to explain that disappearance. I sure hope she was right!

I will definitely read more by Marie Benedict, but before I do, I better
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Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a commercial litigator at two of the country's premier law firms. While practicing as a NYC lawyer, Marie dreamed of a fantastical job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women -- and finally found it when she tried her hand at writing. She embarked on a new, thematically connected series of historical fiction excavating th ...more

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