Agatha Christie: The Finished Portrait

July 18, 2013 - Comment

When Agatha Christie, the so-called ?Queen of Crime”, disappeared from her home in Sunningdale in Berkshire for eleven days on 3 December 1927, the whole nation held its breath. The following day, when her car was found abandoned fourteen miles away, a nationwide search was instigated.From a painstaking reconstruction of Agatha’s movements and behavior during

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When Agatha Christie, the so-called ?Queen of Crime”, disappeared from her home in Sunningdale in Berkshire for eleven days on 3 December 1927, the whole nation held its breath. The following day, when her car was found abandoned fourteen miles away, a nationwide search was instigated.From a painstaking reconstruction of Agatha’s movements and behavior during those eleven days, Dr Andrew Norman is able to shed new light on what, in many ways, has remained a baffling mystery. Only now, fifty years after Agatha’s death, is it possible to explain fully, in the light of scientific knowledge, her behaviour during that troubled time.By deciphering clues from her celebrated works, Agatha Christie: The Finished Portrait sheds light on what is perhaps the greatest mystery of all to be associated with Britain’s best-loved crime writer, namely that of the person herself.

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Carol Downes says:

Cure for Insomnia I haven’t been this disappointed since I finally accepted that Daniel Craig will never be mine! This has to be one of the most boring biographies I’ve ever read. Agatha Christie had a fascinating life, how this author could reduce it to the tedium that is this book astonishes me!Badly written and desperately in need a a good editor. The amateur attempts at physchoanalysis were painful. The author is a GP, (not a Psychiatrist, which is very evident…) and from now on should be…

Kevin Killian says:

What about that Hippocratic Oath? Unlike the previous reviewer, I have actually read the book, but I have to agree with him in general about how lousy Dr. Norman’s book is. I don’t know why he calls himself “Dr” Norman, it seems undignified, but maybe it’s supposed to foreground his medical knowledge, on which he calls to help him solve the so called mystery of December 1926, when Agatha Christie disappeared.Dr. Norman’s solution is nothing new. It’s the same solution Christie herself gave, that she had…

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