Start Reading ‘A Talent For Murder’ By Andrew Wilson

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a-talent-for-murder-9781471148217_hrIn a plot worthy of the grand dame of crime herself, Andrew Wilson conjures a delightfully chilling explanation for an event that has intrigued Agatha Christie biographers for close to a century: what happened to the mother of mystery when she disappeared for 11 days in 1926? This novel dares to answer that question. And in doing so lures us into the kind of labyrinthine puzzle that fans of Christie know and love. Each twist and turn leading us down false paths and (literal) dead ends – until we finally stumble towards a satisfyingly surprising conclusion.

It’s December 1926 and Agatha Christie wanders through the shops at London’s Victoria station, weighed down by thoughts of her husband’s infidelity. But Agatha is soon pulled from her sad reverie by the sharp sense that someone is watching her – someone who makes her hackles rise. Animal senses alert, Agatha flees to the station platform. But just as the train approaches, she feels a light touch on her back, tipping her off balance, towards the platform and certain death. Then, just as suddenly, someone pulls her back from the brink. But as she lies on the platform, inhaling the arid breath of her “rescuer”, Agatha realises that the danger is far from past.

The mystery writer has fallen into the clutches of the chilling Dr Kurs, who knows about her husband’s affair and threatens to make the details public unless Agatha agrees to his horrifying scheme. “You, Mrs Christie, are going to commit a murder. But before then, you are going to disappear.”

Andrew Wilson is no mere dabbler in the literary arts, and this far from a hokey recreation of a Christie novel. As a biographer of, among others, Agatha Christie article (found alive)Patricia Highsmith and Silvia Plath, Wilson has brought to bear his journalist’s instincts and forensic understanding of the classical mystery novel in creating his fictional version of Mrs Christie – and casting her in the role of protagonist and sleuth. The results are impressive. Mind boggling twists. Murder most horrid. And some criminally clever sleights of hand – worthy, not only of Christie herself, but of the dark mind of that other doyenne of crime, The Talented Mr Ripley author Patricia Highsmith.

There is no doubt that once you, slightly dazed, pull your gaze from the final pages, you will be left to hope – as we do – that this is not the last mystery wrought by the talented Mr Wilson.

Andrew Wilson is the highly acclaimed author of biographies of Patricia Highsmith, Sylvia Plath and Alexander McQueen. His first novel, The Lying Tongue, was published in 2007. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and the Washington Post.

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                      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, is boarding 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.'You, Mrs Christie, are going to commit a murder. But, before then, you are going to disappear.' But 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 genius for murder to kill on his behalf.The events surrounding Agatha Christie's disappearance in the winter of 1926 are well-known - that her husband was unfaithful and, after a row, Agatha disappeared on 3rd December and was eventually discovered in a hotel in Harrogate ten days later. But what happened to her in those ten days?In A Talent for Murder, Andrew Wilson ingeniously take the facts and weaves an utterly compelling and convincing story around this yet-to-be-solved mystery.About the AuthorAndrew Wilson is the highly acclaimed author of biographies of Patricia Highsmith, Sylvia Plath and Alexander McQueen. His first novel, The Lying Tongue, was published in 2007. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and the Washington Post.
                      Andrew Wilson
                      About the author

                      Andrew Wilson

                      Andrew Wilson is the highly acclaimed author of biographies of Patricia Highsmith, Sylvia Plath and Alexander McQueen. His first novel, The Lying Tongue, was published in 2007. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and the Washington Post.

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