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The Christie Affair
The Christie Affair: A Novel | Nina de Gramont
Nina de Gramont's The Christie Affair is a beguiling novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murderand a brilliant re-imagination of one of the most talked-about unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century. Every story has its secrets. Every mystery has its motives. A long time ago, in another country, I nearly killed a woman. Its a particular feeling, the urge to murder. It takes over your body so completely, its like a divine force, grabbing hold of your will, your limbs, your psyche. Theres a joy to it. In retrospect, its frightening, but I daresay in the moment it feels sweet. The way justice feels sweet. The greatest mystery wasnt Agatha Christies disappearance in those eleven infamous days, its what she discovered. London, 1925: In a world of townhomes and tennis matches, socialites and shooting parties, Miss Nan ODea became Archie Christies mistress, luring him away from his devoted and well-known wife, Agatha Christie. The question is, why? Why destroy another womans marriage, why hatch a plot years in the making, and why murder? How was Nan ODea so intricately tied to those eleven mysterious days that Agatha Christie went missing?
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Julsmarshall
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August #BookspinBingo list. Library and #audio options, always fun to tackle a new list!

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jspoelker
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Mehso-so

A story of the world‘s most famous mystery writer and her marriage and otherwise. Fair attempt at fleshing out Ms Christie‘s life, but it fails short with confusing drama before actually making the emotional connection to the characters. Not my cup of tea but maybe yours.

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asleepby9
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Panpan

This would have been a DNF for me if I hadn‘t been reading it for book club..

I felt like the author had her own story between Nan and Finbarr that she wanted to tell. She knew it wasn‘t going to be good enough for a stand alone, so she found a story of someone famous to intertwine it with.

By page 100 I was losing interest and purchased it on audible to help me finish. #itsanoforme

SilversReviews It was a bit difficult to keep interest, but I liked it in the end. 4w
asleepby9 The twists toward the end were good. Would have loved confirmation on who the mother was though. 4w
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Melli

Finally my hold from the library came threw this week, my kindle tells me I‘m 33% in and I have about 3 hours left in the book maybe I‘ll read all of it today

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Pickpick

Maybe I was a little distracted while reading but there were a lot of twists and turns I didn't expect. My favorite part was definitely when the women came together at the hotel to get their revenge on the nun/priest. I also appreciated Agatha's responses and interactions to and with Nan--an unspoken camaraderie despite the hurt they each cause each other.

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Cathyloves2read
Mehso-so

This story was interesting. It was the pick of the month for a bookclub I belong to. Mysteries aren‘t my favorite genre. It was definitely a mystery. I‘ve never read any Agatha Christie novels. I‘ll admit that I didn‘t see the end coming. The book was interesting enough to keep reading, but wasn‘t my favorite.

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Kgaudiuso
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Mehso-so

This was just…ok. For me it didn‘t pick up and start to get interesting until 2/3‘s into the book. Once it did, it was fun with lots of twist, turns and answers revealed.

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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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Panpan

What a disappointment! If only the author had written a story about the orphanages in Ireland, focusing on the struggle of a woman looking for her stolen child, and enacting revenge on the people who wronged her. Why try and incorporate Agatha Christie? A marketing ploy? It just doesn't work... It leads to an unbelievable story, which doesn't hold much water.

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emmaturi
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Pickpick

I do love Agatha Christie books and books about Agatha Christie too. This is told by the mistress of her husband, it centres on the 11 days disapperance of Agatha, where she went, why, and of course there is a murder or two to solve. A great and gripping read.

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MysticFaerie
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Mehso-so

3.5⭐/5⭐

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Roxanareads
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March was a good reading month 🍀
The Final Girl Support Group 🎧 📓⭐⭐⭐⭐
Paradise Peak 📓⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Replacement Wife 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Pieces of Her 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It's Better That Way 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Dressmakers of Auschwitz 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Apples Never Fall 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Christie Affair 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Confess 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Violeta 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Magnolia Palace 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Reckless Girls 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Twainy
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Pickpick

🎧 Shoulda read the summary. I might have enjoyed the book more.

Good narrator. Story jumps around in time & having Nan tell the story, well she‘s a bit unreliable, occasionally confusing.

What happened to Agatha Christie the 11 days she disappeared? This is a good imagining looking back from the end.

Nan O‘Dea steals Archie from Agatha. Why? Is there more to it? Murder. Mystery. Historical fiction.

The ending got me! Surprise.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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KathyWheeler
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Pickpick

While I liked the story, it has issues. It drags in places; there‘s an unnecessary murder mystery thrown in; it would have been better told with an omniscient narrator instead of from the pov of Nan — Archie Christie‘s mistress; and Nan is a very unreliable narrator. I also preferred the theory of Agatha Christie‘s disappearance presented by Marie Benedict in The Mystery of Mrs. Christie. Overall I did enjoy this book, so it‘s a low pick.

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MaggieCarr
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Pickpick

Let me preface by saying I am not an avid mystery reader and have never read any Agatha Christie myself. But that did not stop me from enjoying this historical inspired novel. While I have my own reasons for avoiding mistress storylines and the reasons why they are in this/that role I admit that the organization of this book puts it all into a believable perspective with backstory for characters you would rather loathe. (3.5 rounded up)

robinb I enjoyed this one too! 😊 5mo
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emmaturi
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I am reading these two red books, I will finish The Christie Affair this evening. The other book is a short story collection about women in London.

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AvidReader25
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Mehso-so

I just kept waiting for this one to click and it never did. It‘s not a bad story, and the ending is satisfying, but it‘s not really about Agatha Christie. She is a peripheral character. Marge my expectations were too high, but I kept dreading picking this one up and just wanted to be done with it.

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KathyWheeler
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This library hold just came in, so I‘m settling in for the evening to read it. It‘ll be interesting to see how it compares to The Mystery of Mrs. Christie.

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kbranscum
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There's snow in the forecast, might as well start a new book.
#weekendreads #thechristieaffair #botm

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kbranscum
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My March box came!! Excited to read both of these books.

The Christie Affair

The Paris Apartment

#botm

Nute Can‘t wait to read my first Lucy Foley book. Hopefully, one day soon! 5mo
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Aims42
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This was a toss up between a “pick” and “so-so”, so I guess it‘s a soft pick. It‘s heavier than I thought it would be and the flow between narrators tripped me up more times than I would‘ve liked. I‘d say if you wanted to read it, borrow before buying

EvieBee The “errant mothers” scenario gave me a heavy heart. 5mo
Aims42 @EvieBee Yes, I was not expecting that part of her story 😔 Reading those parts was almost too much for me. I felt like there was almost too much going on, with the flashbacks, the current story, the murder, the future snippets (edited) 5mo
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Twainy
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1 - Vladimir - Julia May Jonas, Goliath - Tochi Onyebuchi, Clanlands - Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish, The Atlas Six - Olivie Blake, Gwendy‘s Magic Feather - Stephen King & Richard Chizmar, The Paris Apartment - Lucy Foley, The Jasmine Throne - Tasha Suri, The Christie Affair - Nina de Gramont

2 - Libby Wait list is always Max‘d 💯

3 - The Christie Affair

#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

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Aims42
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When it‘s 65 degrees outside on March 5th, the urge to read outside is high 😎☀️Getting the outdoor furniture out of storage, that urge is low 😆 Mother Nature is bringing us snow on Monday, so today I‘ll open all the windows in the house and sit outside and pretend this weather is staying ☺️

Tamra Enjoy! 😃 5mo
AmyG That looks lovely. We...are getting snow. 😔 5mo
GondorGirl I'm doing the same thing! I've got the windows opened and am sitting on the porch enjoying the sun! 5mo
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Prairiegirl_reading I‘m so jealous! I‘m dying to read outside. It‘ll be a couple months yet. 😞 5mo
Twainy Same .. 69 degrees .. snow is forecast for Monday …. 5mo
CoverToCoverGirl Ahh what I call a Spring Teaser, enjoy! 5mo
Aims42 @Tamra I did!! 😊 5mo
Aims42 @AmyG Ugh, that‘s us on Monday and cold temps next week 😭 5mo
Aims42 @GondorGirl Awesome 🙌 We gotta soak these days up when they show up 😎❤️ (edited) 5mo
Aims42 @Prairiegirl_reading I‘m mentally preparing to be stuck inside for at least another month, this was such a treat! May usually brings more days of 60s, but with it comes rain ☔️🙄 5mo
Aims42 @Twainy 😑 I‘m so ready for spring and warmer temps! 5mo
Aims42 @CoverToCoverGirl Thank you! I soaked up the sun and now I‘m listening to the rain while I‘m nice and cozy inside 😍 5mo
Twainy And now it‘s thunder storming LOL 5mo
Aims42 @Twainy Same here!! It‘s lovely sounding 🥰 5mo
Twainy I was reading and thought … is that thunder?! LOL It‘s the first week in March in Chicagoland … we should be buried in snow! Wait. That‘s Monday… LOL 5mo
Aims42 @Twainy I did the same thing!! I saw a bolt of lightening out of the corner of eye and was like, “was that lightening?” And then then the thunder came lol ⛈ I‘ll take the rain over snow. I‘m in the camp where I enjoy the snow from Nov to Jan, then I‘m over it 😂 5mo
Twainy 😆👆🏼 5mo
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marleed
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Pickpick

I‘m glad I knew enough going in to understand that except for 11 days in Dec 1925 when Agatha really does go missing, the story is fictional. But I thought it was a wild fictional ride. I knew nothing about Agatha Christie‘s actual life so of course I spent a couple hours down the google rabbit hole, as well.

SilversReviews This is good!! I did the same thing…I didn‘t know much about her either. 😊 (edited) 5mo
marleed @SilversReviews I do love it when a book sends me down a rabbit hole for nonfictional info! 5mo
SilversReviews @marleed I do too. 😊 5mo
SilversReviews Love your photo!! Perfect!! 5mo
janeycanuck The Marie Benedict is a good fictionalization of the story, if you‘re interested in reading more. Obviously, she has to fill some holes with her imagination but I much preferred it to this one. 5mo
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BookLineNSinker
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Pickpick

I liked this book. I think it's an interesting spin on AC's disappearance for 11 days in the 1920's.. it tells the story of Agatha's husband's mistress, Nan O'Day. It was a pick for me. 🌟🌟🌟✨

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melissajayne
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Mehso-so

3.25⭐️ While there were aspects of the book that I really liked, I felt that there was a good chunk of the book that I struggled to get through. I really liked the sections when Nan was at the mother‘s home and felt that they were better than the more current timeline that was presented in the book. #2022 #historicalfiction #basedonatruestory #1920s #fiction #bookreview #bookstagram #reesesbookclub

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melissajayne
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A long time ago in another country, I nearly killed a woman. #firstlinefridays

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melissajayne
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Did quite a bit of reading. Finished three squares for #bookspinbingo and got a good portion of the tagged book completed. #sharreads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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melissajayne
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1) Tagged book, Sunflower Sisters, A Promised Land

2) The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

3) Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

#weekendreads

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wideeyedreader
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Bailedbailed

Am I the only one who just hated Nan? I also think that telling this story in first person from Nan‘s perspective wasn‘t the best choice.

Megabooks I was not a fan either! 5mo
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AmyK1
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Mehso-so

This isn‘t bad if you can remember it‘s entirely fiction. But since it uses the very real disappearance of Agatha Christie, and her husband‘s infidelity, as a starting point it‘s kind of hard to do. The murder mystery wasn‘t all that mysterious either. I didn‘t hate it but would rather have read an original novel, not based on a real event that‘s been stretched beyond recognition.

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Megabooks
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Panpan

Maybe, maybe if this were an original novel and not a fictionalization of a true event, I could get behind it, but as anything akin to Agatha‘s life, it is truly preposterous! The book ends up being more about Archie‘s mistress, who is apparently not based in any sort of realm of fact despite the similar name to his real life one. And the whole mystery subplot…hogwash. Second 1⭐️ of the year.

For a better review check out @janeycanuck ‘s

RaeLovesToRead I'm usually a bit uncomfortable when real life events are fictionalised. I can't truly get lost in a fictional world, but it's too made up for me to learn anything. (I say this having loved Wolf Hall, I hasten to add 😅). I love Agatha Christie, but don't think this'll be for me. 5mo
Cinfhen I really liked this one. I thought the disappearance of Agatha was used only as a subplot. And I thought the other mystery was in keeping with Agatha‘s novels. This was a solid three star pick for me 🤷🏼‍♀️ 5mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t need a better review, I love yours and will skip the book 😁 5mo
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janeycanuck I‘m glad I‘m not the only one that felt this way! 5mo
Megabooks @RaeLovesToRead yeah, it was so preposterous that this had anything to do with the Christie‘s. I think I could handle this plot completely fiction, but fictionalized it doesn‘t work. 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think they made Archie‘s mistress into a crazy person, and since the name was so similar to the real person (Nan O‘Dea/Nancy Neele), it didn‘t paint her in a good light. And that‘s unfair to her family. Plus this proto-feminist portrayal of Agatha‘s didn‘t seem authentic at all. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! Really not a fan at all. 5mo
Megabooks @janeycanuck your review was excellent and I 💯 agree with it! 5mo
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Sharpeipup
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“The world‘s changed too much, in ways it shouldn‘t. And so it‘s changed how time passes.”

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janeycanuck
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Panpan

What a disappointment.

de Gramont has taken the famous Christie disappearance and twisted it to be more about Archie Christie's mistress, whom she has renamed and given an entirely different back story to. This is totally understandable since she's spun this story out of thin air and it would be incredibly unfair to assign it to a real person. The problem is, instead of using the disappearance as a jumping off point…. (Cont in comments)

janeycanuck she still kept Christie & her husband, making them the stars of a completely fictional story. This is distracting, at best. I don't know why de Gramont didn't create an entire cast of characters based on the true tale - if she had done that, I think this story could have really shone. 6mo
janeycanuck But knowing the actual story of what happened and seeing de Gramont layer something with no basis in reality made this practically unreadable. And I think it's entirely possible that people walk away thinking that this was the story of Nancy Neele, which is absolutely unfair to her. 6mo
Laughterhp Thanks for this review! I was definitely hesitant about this one because I really liked Marie Benedict‘s version. I don‘t know if I need another one and will probably skip this one. 6mo
janeycanuck @Laughterhp Stop with Benedict - I loved that one, too. This was a great story but it wasn‘t even possible that it could be Christie/Neele‘s story. Complete fiction. She should have renamed everyone and said it was inspired by the disappointment. 6mo
LKK526 Thanks for this review because I was thinking of reading. Big Agatha fan here since I was 14 many moons ago 5mo
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Very true

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Sapphire
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Pickpick

I listened on audio and found it diverting and enjoyable in its clever moments.

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EvieBee
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Pickpick

“Living people turned up quickly. Dead people took their time...“
I really liked this historical read; I love going into a book knowing absolutely nothing about it. If you're looking for a fast-paced thriller, this is definitely not it. Makes me wonder at its being a Reese pick. It hit the right notes for me, as I've been especially nit-picky about what I'm in the mood for. Great narrator on the audio edition!
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ½

Cinfhen Pretty pic 💖 6mo
EvieBee @Cinfhen Thanks, Cindy! 6mo
Cinfhen And I also really enjoyed this book. I thought the author captured the right spirit/ tone for the era 🥰 6mo
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EvieBee @Cinfhen I agree! It really transported me. 6mo
Cathythoughts Lovely post 💫 6mo
EvieBee @Cathythoughts Thank you, Cathy! 6mo
janeycanuck I just started this last night. Have you read the Marie Benedict? 6mo
BiblioLitten Not reading the blurb or description about a book before reading it gives it a whole new dimension! I discovered that I actually enjoyed books more this way. 🙂 6mo
EvieBee @janeycanuck It‘s sitting on my shelf! An impulse buy from a Sam‘s run, lol! I just love Agatha so I will read anything about her. I think I‘ll try to get to it this month while this book is fresh in my mind. 💕 6mo
EvieBee @BiblioLitten Right?! It‘s a really satisfying experience. I saw this on the new books on order at the library and without knowing what it was about placed a hold on the audio and physical copies. 6mo
kspenmoll Love your photo & review! 6mo
EvieBee @kspenmoll Thank you, Katherine! 💕 6mo
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KristiAhlers
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Pickpick

I inhaled this one! It‘s basically an Agatha Christie mystery within another story. If that makes sense. Plenty of twists to keep you engaged.

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KarenUK
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Pickpick

I liked this historical fiction that leans into the fiction of what MAY have occurred during the 11 days Agatha disappeared and never revealed what occurred. Told from the POV of her husbands mistress, a tale of mystery and romance is created of imagined events. Not only do we know that these events are speculation, Nan is also an unreliable narrator, recalling many scenes that she could not possibly have witnessed. Clever premise, well executed.

MatchlessMarie I read The Mystery of Mrs. Christie last year with a similar plot line and I enjoyed it a lot. I will have to check this one out. 6mo
EvieBee I‘m currently listening to this one on audio and really enjoying the slow burn of it. 6mo
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squirrelbrain I really want to read this one! 6mo
Megabooks Hoping to get to this soon! 6mo
BarbaraBB Wow, now I‘m very interested in this book. I didn‘t know Agatha Christie was missing for a while! 6mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @megabooks Historical fiction is not normally a favorite genre for me, but I do like this particular period the most (between the wars). And the tone of the book made this interesting. It had a ‘knowing‘ vibe of this all being speculation which I found fun. 6mo
Cinfhen I really enjoyed this on audio / it was a fun and the right homage to Agatha Christie 6mo
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FantasyChick
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I really can't just follow book club reading schedules 🤣
I'm not a big Christie fan, mostly I've never read any of her books that I can remember, but this was interesting. Historical fiction following the time up to, during and after Agatha went missing for 11 days. This was hard to put down.

#ReecesBookClub #bookspinbingo #wickedwords #redorpink #aestheticallymatched @TheAromaofBooks @AsYouWish @Clwojick

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
Clwojick Way to go!! 💖 6mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book. All the ingredients are there: romance, murder, women finding themselves. Instead of a tidy AC ending it felt murky and left me with a lot of questions. I also really struggled to get into the narrating style. It‘s an all-knowing first person. Nan somehow knows the intimate thoughts and feelings of others and events she was not present for. It was an entertaining read but not a strong recommend for me.

BookLineNSinker I have this audiobook on hold with my library app. I'll still give it a listen, but I appreciate your review! 6mo
Zuhkeeyah @BookLineNSinker I read using the audiobook which actually helped me slow down and enjoy it more. I really hope you like it! (edited) 6mo
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LeslieO
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Really enjoying this fictionalized account of the 11 day disappearance of Agatha Christie from the point of her husband‘s mistress. I won this one from a Goodreads giveaway (yay!).

LeahBergen Pretty photo! 6mo
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BookNAround
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Went to hear Nina de Gramont talk about her book The Christie Affair today. The sun was out so not too cold and the book sounds great.

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ICantImReading
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De Gramont spins a clever historical re-imagining of what could have happened during Agatha Christie‘s mysterious real life disappearance, while also weaving in a separate Christie-style murder mystery. This is more about Nan than it is about Agatha; I was surprised by how much I liked her character. I was unsure of where things were going for awhile, but every piece of the puzzle came together in a way that I loved! 🎧 #reesesbookclub

Andrew65 I loved this too. 6mo
robinb I enjoyed this as well. And Nan‘s likability surprised me too. 😊 6mo
Bklover I just bought this, so Yay!!!! 6mo
ICantImReading @Bklover oh good, I hope you love it!! 😍 6mo
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Traci1
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Woohoo! Informed delivery had said it wouldn't be here til tomorrow, but apparently today is #BlueBoxDay. 😁

#botm

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Lauren.Archer
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Pickpick

I did give this a better than average rating, because I was into the story itself, but this might have been better to actually take the Christie name out of it. The story alone without the name can completely stand on it‘s own. Please note the author does say that it is completely fiction in her Author‘s note, but still I was searching for some truth. Still, it is a fun read, which I know many people will love.

robinb I enjoyed this too! It's fascinating to think about all of the scenarios that could have played out during that time period but also frustrating not knowing what actually did. :) 6mo
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EadieB
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In 1926 Nan O'Dea became Archie Christie's mistress, luring him away from his devoted and well-known wife, Agatha Christie. This leads to eleven mysterious days that Agatha Christie went missing after Archie asks her for a divorce. This book is part truth and part fiction. First of all, Nancy Neeley was Archie's paramour's name. The book is written from Nan's point-of-view and she is a bit unreliable.

EadieB I've read other books about this situation and there is a mystery about what really happened when Agatha went missing. When Agatha is found, she claimed amnesia and has never admitted to what really happened. In this book there are a couple twists at the end which I enjoyed and I like the spin that was put on this story. 6mo
EadieB If you enjoy missing person books, then I believe you will enjoy this one. I would like to thank MacMillan for a copy of the audio for an honest opinion. I enjoyed the narrator who made listening to this book a pleasant experience for me. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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McCombsonMain
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Mehso-so

I'm from Harrogate, and Agatha Christie is a kinda big deal there. So I wanted to love this novel. But it's from the first person perspective of the mistress, whose last name is changed. And that's a minor gripe, because she's also an unreliable narrator.

Harrogate itself: oh boy, I have to believe the author wasn't able to visit the town due to the pandemic.

Read more:
https://mccombsonmain.com/2022/01/28/review-christie-affair-de-gramont/

robinb I enjoyed this one for the most part but just took it as fiction with a tiny bit of truth thrown in. 😂 6mo
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