A Talent for Murder
London’s celebrated mystery writer, Agatha Christie, finds herself in the middle of a psychological thriller reminiscent of her own novels. Depressed and despondent over the recent death of her mother, and the revelation that her husband is having an affair, Christie nearly stumbles in front of an oncoming train. A man in the crowd catches her just before she falls, but he wasn’t on the train platform by chance. He knows all about her troubles and threatens to publicly expose her husband’s infidelity unless she agrees to murder his wife. Christie is no stranger to writing about murder, but she has never contemplated committing one in real life. Pushed to her limits, she is forced to examine the lengths to which she will go to protect her marriage and her family’s reputation.
In 1926 Agatha Christie mysteriously walked away from her life. When she was found, ten days later, she offered no explanation for her disappearance or what she did during the time she was gone. This real-life mystery gives Andrew Wilson an enticing premise for his novel. Unfortunately, his story never really gathers momentum. His Christie feels flat and underdeveloped. The tension is a bit forced, and one has a hard time believing his heroine is seriously considering murder.