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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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