Monday, March 5, 2018

0 Review: A Talent for Murder


A Talent For Murder (Agatha Christie #1)
Simon and Schuster | January 2, 2018 | 9781501145070


"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.

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.


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.

My Thoughts


Andrew Wilson has written biographies about Alexander McQueen, Sylvia Plath, and Patricia Highsmith. Now he's taken on the Queen of Mystery: Agatha Christie. While this book is indeed fiction, Wilson uses the famous mystery that has surrounded the author since she disappeared for ten days in the winter of 1926. From the little-known details that exist around that time period, Andrew Wilson has woven a tale of intrigue and murder.

The book begins with Agatha Christie waiting to board a train to meed her agent. She feels someone push her toward the rails then pull her back to safety. But the person who saves her isn't her savior, it's a blackmailer. From the get-go Christie knows this man isn't to be trusted, but he threatens to not only expose her husband's scandalous affair to the world, but also to harm her daughter. 

Christie must use her knowledge of crime to try to get out of the clutches of her blackmailer before any harm can come to her family. This novel takes place during the ten days unaccounted for in 1926 when Christie's whereabouts were unknown and shadows of what could have happened are open to the imagination. 

I knew I had to read A Talent for Murder after reading the summary. The idea that Agatha Christie, who wrote such mysteries better than most, could be caught up in something as fantastic as one of her own plots. I found myself drawn into this book just like a Christie novel. I found the characters complex, the plot intriguing, and the circumstances in which the events took place completely imaginative. A Talent for Murder is a must for mystery lovers. It will keep you guessing!






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