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The author of the New York Times bestselling The Six now turns her formidable biographical skills to the greatest crime writer in the world, Agatha Christie.

It has been one hundred years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. A brilliant and award-winning biographer, Laura Thompson now turns her sharp eye to Agatha Christie. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, Christie’s books still sell over four million copies each year - more than thirty years after her death - and it shows no signs of slowing.

But who was the woman behind these mystifying, yet eternally pleasing, puzzlers? Thompson reveals the Edwardian world in which Christie grew up, explores her relationships, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the many mysteries still surrounding Christie’s life, most notably, her eleven-day disappearance in 1926.

Agatha Christie is as mysterious as the stories she penned, and writing about her is a detection job in itself. With unprecedented access to all of Christie’s letters, papers, and notebooks, as well as fresh and insightful interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie’s detective fiction, but the truth behind this mysterious woman.

©2018 Laura Thompson (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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"Pearl Hewitt's sweet, crisp English voice adds extra pleasure to her fine narration of this recent biography of the famous English mystery writer Agatha Christie.... Her clear, musical timbre sounds just right for Christie's era and class, and her attentive pacing keep one attuned to Thompson's interesting analyses. A win for Christie's biggest fans." (AudioFile)

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Your Little Grey Cells will love this

I tore through this excellent biography about the Queen of Mystery in days.

I enjoy Christie as an author but I wasn't sure how much her life would engage me, even with that mysterious disappearance and her expeditions to far-flung points of the globe with a much younger second husband, who was an archaeologist.

Biographer Laura Thompson had me hooked from the very beginning, even during that childhood phase when many bios seem to lapse into dull genealogies of great grandparents and grandparents and snooze.

The author also doesn't make you wait till Agatha becomes a published author to start talking about her books. Thompson weaves in quotes and references from the start, because Christie's life was, of course, material for her books. Also, Christie was tight-lipped about her personal life. Evidence from books helps to give voice to the silent spaces in the mystery writer's life.

There are no long analyses of books. But certain titles, like The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, get extra attention. The biggest chunk of the book is devoted to Agatha Christie's disappearance in 1926 and her divorce from husband no. 1.


Other Audible titles you might want to check out:

The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards - A history of the writer's group, the Detection Club, to which Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers were members. Very good except for the footnotes read at the close of each chapter.

The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock by Lucy Worsley - The author examines famous true crime cases from 19th and 20th-century England and their influence on mystery writers like Christie.

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