Mystery she wrote…


As part of the Classics Club 

‘Women’s Classic Literature Event 2016’

The question for the month of April is:

‘Share an interesting fact about the life of the author you’re currently reading for this event.’

My next read for the Club is going to be And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.  I haven’t started yet but I’ve just picked up a copy and so decided to make Agatha Christie the author of choice for this month’s question.

Now, I could just put a bunch of facts down now that I’ve read up about Agatha being home schooled or that she wrote her first books as a challenge from her sister Madge but what I found most intriguing, particularly given her style of books which have proved so very popular over the years, is the fact that she went missing herself!  Life imitating art imitating life!?!?

On the 3rd December 1926 Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days sparking a major manhunt involving police, volunteers and even aeroplanes!

Her car was found fairly quickly by the police and didn’t seem to have any signs of foul play and yet at the same time held no clues as to Agatha’s strange disappearance!

Agatha’s husband was suspected of foul play.  Arthur Conan Doyle tried to find Agatha using a medium and Dorothy Sayers visited the spot where her car was found to search for clues!

Finally, after 11 days of searching Agatha was found.  Located in a hotel in Harrogate.  To this day nobody has ever solved this mystery.  It is believed that Agatha’s husband was having an affair and she did in fact divorce him later on.  It is also suggested that she may have been in some form of car accident and suffered amnesia.  Another theory is that she was in a ‘fugue’ state – brought on by depression. 

Basically, it’s a mystery and perhaps only one that Miss Marple or Poirot himself can solve!  Was it all a very elaborate publicity stunt??  Who knows but it really does go to show that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction!

What really happened people.  Foul play or just a hoax??




10 Responses to “Mystery she wrote…”

  1. victoriansoul

    Sometimes, you just gotta get away. 😉 I’m glad her reasons remain a mystery- that’s fitting, in a way.
    ~Litha Nelle

  2. jessicabookworm

    If you watch Doctor Who she was solving a mystery with him at the time 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      That’s so funny! I should add that to my piece – another piece of trivia!
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I’ve heard of that event in Agatha Christie’s life before but I did not know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was involved in the search! It’s amazing… 🙂
    As for the reason? I’ve always thought she needed some space, and to work things on her own, but I guess that solving the mystery is not very important – some puzzles must remain unsolved! 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Indeed – I love that she has this little mystery and that she never elaborated on it. I’m pretty sure it’s to do with her philandering husband and she needed time way but even so I like it to remain unsolved!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Carmen

    She was getting away from that philandering husband of her! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I think she was! I like to think of it as a mystery though – perhaps she was abducted by aliens!!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    That is really cool! It’s interesting how other authors tried to pitch in too 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I was smiling stupidly when I found this story!
      Lynn 😀

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