For 11 days in December 1926, nobody knew where Agatha Christie was. It has remained a mystery for all these years, that is until Andrew Wilson wrote his book, a Talent for Murder.The book is a result of a series of interview with Agatha Christie agreed to on the condition that the resultant book should not be published until 40 years after her death. So while this book is based on fact, there is certain fiction included as some of the protagonists were not available to be interviewed. So to the book.
The book is a result of a series of interviews with Agatha Christie agreed to on the condition that the resultant book should not be published until 40 years after her death. So while this book is based on fact, there is certain fiction included as some of the protagonists were not available to be interviewed. So to the book.
The book is written in the first person so we have some understanding of Christie’s thoughts at the time.
She has recently learned of her husband’s infidelity and so is distracted and feels she is being watched. As a small girl, she had suffered from nightmares in which a gunman played a big part. She is feeling the same kind of fear she felt then; but when she is pushed in front of an oncoming train at the Hyde Park station of the London Underground, and then rescued just as suddenly she begins to think the fear is not only in her imagination.
Her rescuer and attacker, is a Doctor who has a plan that he wants Agatha to carry out – namely the killing of his wife. His thinking is that as the two women are unknown to each other, nobody would suspect Agatha of the murder. Apparently, Doctor Kurs is a Christie fan and had just finished reading her latest book, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. In fact, the doctor likens himself to Roger Ackroyd.
Kurs’ offer to Christie is that if she performs the dastardly deed, he will not go to the press with the story of her husband’s infidelity nor her brother’s drink and drug problems. No physical harm would come to her daughter Rosalind, her brother or her husband. Kurs describes in detail what his acquaintance could do to the 11-year-old Rosalind.
We are introduced to John Davison who works at Whitehall in the Civil Service and his companion Una Styles who really wants to be a writer. These people want to help Christie whom they meet immediately following her meeting with Kurs. And Davison also has been hoping to meet her and talk to her about helping in his department.
A plan is made by Kurs and followed out by Christie. It is made to look like Christie has wandered away from a car accident and supposition is rife that she has been murdered or killed in the accident, or she has lost her memory and wandered away because if she is not dead or suffering memory loss, why would she not be in touch with her family.
The story has many twists and turns Scary things arrive in the mail, there is the death of the young Una Styles who is attempting to discover what has happened to Agatha Christie. There is a Police Superintendent who is determined to find the body and therefore, solve a murder. It is very much a Christie-type story.
This book has only just been published but if you can get hold of a copy, and if you are an Agatha Christie fan (as am I) then you will enjoy it.