A Talent for Murder: A Novel

November 18, 2017 - Comment

Discover the real-life mystery centered on the queen of crime herself: Agatha Christie. In this tantalizing new novel, Christie’s mysterious ten-day disappearance serves as the starting point for a gripping novel, in which Christie herself is pulled into a case of blackmail and murder.“I wouldn’t scream if I were you. Unless you want the whole

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Discover the real-life mystery centered on the queen of crime herself: Agatha Christie. In this tantalizing new novel, Christie’s mysterious ten-day disappearance serves as the starting point for a gripping novel, in which Christie herself is pulled into a case of blackmail and murder.

“I wouldn’t scream if I were you. Unless you want the whole world to learn about your husband and his mistress.”

Agatha Christie, in London to visit her literary agent, is boarding a train, preoccupied with the devastating knowledge that her husband is having an affair. She feels a light touch on her back, causing her to lose her balance, then a sense of someone pulling her to safety from the rush of the incoming train. So begins a terrifying sequence of events—for her rescuer is no guardian angel, rather he is a blackmailer of the most insidious, manipulative kind.

“You, Mrs. Christie, are going to commit a murder. But, before then, you are going to disappear.”

Writing about murder is a far cry from committing a crime, and Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness and resourcefulness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her expertise and knowledge about the act of murder to kill on his behalf.

In A Talent for Murder, Andrew Wilson ingeniously explores Agatha Christie’s odd ten-day disappearance in 1926 and weaves an utterly compelling and convincing story around this still unsolved mystery involving the world’s bestselling novelist.

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S Riaz says:

A Talent for Murder Having recently read a non-fiction book, â??Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days,â? about her disappearance in 1926. Although it was a fascinating read, I actually commented in my review of that book that the author was unable to really create a great deal of suspense, or mystery, about the actual events of Agatha Christieâ??s disappearance. In reality, it was really a cry for help, from a woman whose husband, Archie Christie, had fallen in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and who was…

Monnie Ryan says:

Engrossing! In December 1926, mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared from her home and her seven-year-old daughter Rosalind; 11 days later, she turned up in a hotel – safe and sound, but according to her, unable to recall what had happened. Later, biographer Andrew Norman reportedly wrote that she suffered from amnesia and was suicidal, and much speculation has come from other sources. Was it a publicity stunt to draw attention to her books? Was she distraught over learning of her husband (at the time)…

Pageturner in NYC says:

A Tantalizing and Captivating Cat-and-Mouse Puzzler with a Creepy Undercurrent of Patricia Highsmith Darkness Andrew Wilson, best known for his biographies of Patricia Highsmith (“Beautiful Shadow”) and Sylvia Plath (“Mad Girl’s Love Song”), smoothly moves into mystery writing with the aptly titled A TALENT FOR MURDER. In it, he imagines Agatha Christie at the center of a diabolical cat-and-mouse battle with a deranged physician. 

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