Nina de Gramont

Author of The Christie Affair

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The Washington Post: The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont is an Ingenious Suspense Novel

There’s only one “cold case” story in the entire Agatha Christie canon, and it’s the one Christie herself lived, not wrote. The mystery of Christie’s 11-day disappearance in 1926 is rivaled only by the mystery of Jimmy Hoffa’s far-more-permanent disappearance in 1975 as the most famous “cold case” in modern times.

Here’s a quick rundown of the details: On the winter evening of Dec. 3, 1926, Christie got into her car — a little green Morris Cowley that she’d bought with earnings from her early novels — and drove off from her house in the suburbs near London. She left behind her sleeping 7-year-old daughter, Rosalind, in the care of the maid. She also left her beloved little terrier, Peter, who habitually lay down beside her as she wrote. Christie was wearing a fur coat and hat and carried only an attache case. She may or may not have made a stop at the nearby village of Godalming to peer into the ground-floor windows of the house where her husband, Archie Christie, was a guest for the weekend. That morning, Archie had told Agatha that he wanted a divorce to marry his mistress, Nancy Neele, who was also a weekend guest at that house.