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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review::A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge,from Atria Books via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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.

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“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.


Having been a fan o=f Agatha Christie since my teens, I was always intriqued, like the rest of her fans, with her mysterious 10 day dispapearance. In all her biographies, there was never a clear answer, just misleading clues and red herrings, and false info from Christie herself. So what really happened?

Wilson takes that conept and imagines the what if- what if Christie became entanged in one of her own mysteries? And not only does he give us a great read, but a viable solution for those missing days, that would make Christie quite proud! Not only for the Christie fan, this is a wonderful mystery within itself- full of misleads and 'wait, I missed that!' moments, that make for a page turner, you will read LONG into the night! So if you love a good musyerty-be sure to add this one to your Summer reading list, when it comes out next month!

About the Author:

Andrew Wilson is an award-winning journalist and author. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Sunday Times, and the Smithsonian Magazine. He is the author of four acclaimed biographies, a book about the survivors of the Titanic, and a novel, The Lying Tongue.

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