Book Review of A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson

 

A Talent for Murder is a fictionalized account of the 1926 mysterious ten-day disappearance of author Agatha Christie. Christie never spoke about those ten days and the event remains a mystery to this day. Wilson weaves a tale of extortion and murder as the backdrop to this strange and intriguing piece of Agatha Christie’s life.

When I saw this book at my local library, I knew it was next on my TBR list. I’m a huge Agatha Christie fan and I’ve always found Christie’s mysterious disappearance interesting. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to its promise of being “an utterly compelling and convincing story around this still unsolved mystery involving the world’s bestselling novelist.” I didn’t find it all convincing.

The idea that someone (Dr. Kurs) could blackmail Agatha Christie into murdering his wife simply by threatening to go public with the story of Archie Christie’s infidelity was ridiculous in my opinion. Sure, there were a few mentions of harm to Agatha’s young daughter, but those seemed a little too thin to be believable. However, when Agatha receives a blood-soaked severed dog paw (meant to make Agatha that her beloved dog Peter has been murdered), I’d had enough. Anything that deals with harm to animals is a definite deal breaker for me.

The book is incredibly slow and tedious. I found the banter between the two minor characters, Una and Davison, ridiculous and unnecessary. As much as I tried to read through to the end of this book, I just could not do it. Life is too short to read books that I just can’t manage to enjoy.

2 of 5 Stars, Susan Barton