The Christie Curse (A Book Collector Mystery)

July 25, 2013 - Comment

In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared—making headlines across the world—only to show up eleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play? Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She’s back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with

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In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared—making headlines across the world—only to show up eleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play?

Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She’s back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card–stealing ex and pending grad school loans.

Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There’s just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst—the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.

Jordan’s first assignment is to track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. It seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is still someone out there willing to murder to keep the play out of Vera’s hands. Jordan’s new job is good…but is it worth her life?  

Comments

Debbie says:

Fun, clever mystery with a street-smart heroine “The Christie Curse” is a cozy mystery. It was a clue-based, puzzle mystery. There were so many people who acted suspiciously and such a muddle of clues that I never did settle on a suspected whodunit. Yet the whole mystery made sense when it was unraveled.The heroine is a street-smart gal with family who is a bit shady, but she wants an honest job. She’s savvy enough to realize that the play might be more fraud than fact, and she has the connections to check that out. She’s…

L. Rigod "avid mystery reader" says:

A Great Debut I know this book is a debut novel in a new series entitled “A Book Collector Mystery,” but it reads as though the series has been going for years. In other words, it was a page turning, intriguing, and complex mystery novel that won my mystery heart.The premise is that a young woman is hired by a demanding woman to find out whether or not there exists a play written by Agatha Christie during the time of Agatha’s disappearance. If the book exists, then our heroine, Jordan Bingham is…

Annie Flemming "Arf" says:

fun characters The characters were what made this book fun to read. The loving but quirky relationship between Jordan and her uncles is great. Jordan’s relationship with her employer is well developed as is her ability to connect with the other characters, any of whom could be a murderer. Most of them were so nice that you did not want them to be evil. The end was a surprise and did make sense but I don’t like solutions that had no clues given during the rest of the book. The plot basis of a missing play…

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