A Talent For Murder

A Talent For Murder by Andrew Wilson

Suffolk Library Reading Group really enjoyed this book in November 2020 as part of the 100 anniversary celebrations of the first book published by Agatha Christie – The Mysterious Affair at Styles. This book features Agatha Christie as the star rather than the author and is a fictional imagining by Wilson, of the 11 day disappearance of Agatha Christie in 1926.

An evil Dr Kurs wants Christie’s help to murder his wife. He threatens her family, if she will not use her pharmaceutical skills to secretly poison his wife. While Christie is missing, the mystery of her disappearance is investigated by a bumbling Detective Kenward, who can’t look beyond Christie’s wayward husband; and a young acquaintance of Christie Una Crane. The wannabe sleuth puts her self in danger attempting the track her friend down.

There are literal ‘cliff hangers’ and plot twists – very Christie style. It is a great light read with enjoyable suspense. The book shows fantastic research by Wilson on Agatha Christie, so you also get lots of interesting biographical detail as well.  Wilson has written a series of books basing the story lines on periods of Agatha Christie’s life - A Different Kind of Evil, Death in a Desert Land and I saw him Die.  The group and I were keen to read more and the members developed a greater appetite for Agatha Christie’s books through this set of novels.

Submitted by Tinya for Suffolk Library Reading group