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A Talent for Murder

by Andrew Wilson

Books of the Month - <b>October</b> Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on A Talent for Murder

June 2017 Book of the Month.

A fascinating foray into the past, and the intriguing missing period of time so well documented, yet little known about in Agatha Christie’s life. I’ve visited the Silent Pool and Newlands Corner where Agatha Christie went missing, so for me this was a must read. Andrew Wilson seamlessly blends fact and fiction, and has obviously thoroughly researched this period in Christie’s life. The Editor’s Note cleverly sets the scene, and then chapter one begins, Agatha Christie, speaking in the first person, oh my word! Andrew Wilson effectively took me back in time to 1926, creating an engaging, readable, and oh so colourful story. This is most definitely not a whodunit, rather it’s an imagined how and why did she do it. ‘A Talent for Murder’ is wonderful escapism, and a worthwhile, thoroughly enjoyable read. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

A Talent for Murder Synopsis

'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, boards a train, preoccupied and flustered in the knowledge that her husband Archie 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. Her rescuer is no guardian angel; rather, he is a blackmailer of the most insidious, manipulative kind. Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness and resourcefulness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her genius for murder to kill on his behalf.

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A Talent for Murder Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Alan Gee - 'This ingenious proposal, which reflects all of the known facts, is probably just as likely as any other and makes for a clever and intriguing story, which I enjoyed.'
  • Evelyn Love-Gajardo - 'I absolutely loved this book-I read it in a weekend as I couldn't put it down...I was delighted to read that it's the first in a series and the author sets up a sequel very cleverly at the end.'
  • Emily Curnow - 'This novel is a fun and fanciful account of Agatha Christie’s missing days. It uses the known facts about Christie's disappearance and creates a story worthy of Christie's own works.'
  • Heather Byrne - 'An easy to read, well-researched novel about what might have happened to Agatha Christie when she 'disappeared' for 11 days in 1926.'
  • Maureen Gourlay - 'A very enjoyable piece of conjecture.  If you like Agatha Christie mysteries you will certainly like this.'
  • Ann Peet - 'Gripping, ingenious, a terrific novel...The author has captured the essence of Christie's writing both in style and ingenuity.'
  • Clare Wilkins - 'This is definitely not cosy detective fiction. A must-read for fans of crime fiction and a fantastically gripping start to a new series.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'A brilliant read...The research Mr Wilson must have done to write such a tale is amazing and I enjoyed his 'take' on where Agatha Christie disappeared to all those years ago.'
  • Peter Mynehan - 'Excellent book. A must for all crime novel fans.'
  • Ffion Evans - 'A perfect must-read for any of her fans, or even anyone who enjoys a crime/mystery novel. Filled with mystery and murder.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'A most creative fictional account of the days Agatha Christie spent when she suddenly disappeared at the height of her fame – wonderful darkly twisting thriller.'
  • Sabine Little - 'This book artfully mixes history and fiction - I thoroughly enjoyed it.'
  • Teresa O'Halloran - 'A very interesting theory on Agatha Christie's missing days, put forward by author Andrew Wilson, makes for gripping reading and has renewed my interest in the queen of crime fiction.'
  • Sandra Rabiasz - 'Very readable, very atmospheric.'
  • Cleo Bannister - 'A brilliant premise executed with aplomb in a book that features The Queen of Crime and the creepiest of villains!'  
  • Adrienne Kinsella - 'This mystery thriller is an intriguing read, based on the author's imagining of what may have happened to Agatha Christie, when she disappeared for ten days in December 1926. Fictional yet plausible.'
  • Jocelyn F Garvey - 'Andrew Wilson has researched this incident and come up with his own ingenious idea on what happened. A plot worthy of the great detective story writer herself.'
  • Rachael Anderson - 'A definite page turner. I found it to be totally engrossing. A great start to a new series. I am looking forward to seeing it on television in the near future.'

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ISBN: 9781471148217
Publication date: 18/05/2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471148217
Publication date: 18th May 2017
Author: Andrew Wilson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Historical mysteries,

About Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is the author of Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best biography. He has written for most of Britain's national newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and the Daily Mail. He lives in London. Author photo © Johnny Ring

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