Thursday, March 10, 2022

Book Beginnings: The Christie Affair

by Nina de Gramont
St. Martin's Press, February 2022

Opening Sentence
A long time ago in another country, I nearly killed a woman. 

About the Book
Mystery novelist Agatha Christie famously disappeared for eleven days back in 1926. Nina de Gramont's new novel The Christie Affair is historical fiction that centers around the unexplained disappearance, told from the point of view of the woman who was having an affair with Agatha's husband at the time. It's a tale of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder — a clever reimagining of one of the most talked-about unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century


Initial Thoughts

I'm a big Agatha Christie fan, and I generally enjoy a good historical fiction read. So this was sort of a natural choice for me. But I have to admit — the thing that really attracted me to this book was that cover. (Shame on me!)

Have a good weekend, everyone.
And happy reading!

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


  1. I see no problem being attracted to a book's cover. That's certainly a nice one. That opening sentence is certainly an attention grabber, isn't it?

  2. The cover is an important part of the book too!
    I'm a big fan of AG, but still hesitate reading this one about her disappearance. What do you think are the strengths of the book?
    Mine is in French this time. With free copies available, and credits to earn an egift card:

  3. I love the cover, too, and the excerpts are tempting. Enjoy! Here's mine: “THE PARIS APARTMENT”

  4. This one got mixed reviews so will be interested to see how you find it. Happy reading! Here's my post:

  5. I think there must be several books on this topic, Christie's mysterious disappearance. Hope this one answers the question well.

  6. Yes, the cover is very attractive. I just finished a AC novel so I was thinking about her when I saw the title. My Friday quotes


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