Saturday, May 14, 2011

The disappearance of Agatha Christie

It's one of the great real mysteries that has never conclusively been solved. Agatha Christie was becoming a most successful author, and then one day, she simply disappeared. Her car was found abandoned, and she had written a number of letters before this, including one in which she claimed she feared for her life. Given who she was and the nature of the situation, foul play was suspected.

As Elizabeth Kerri Mahon puts it on Criminal Element, "For eleven days, the nation was riveted as the newspapers speculated about what had happened to the author of The Mystery of Roger Ackroyd. When she was eventually discovered at a spa in Harrogate she claimed to been suffering from temporary amnesia. What led Agatha Christie to leave her home that cold December night? Even today, her biographers differ on what exactly happened during those two weeks in December 1926."

Kerry provides her answers in The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie.

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