Friday, July 17, 2009

DUCHESS OF DEATH, The Unauthorized Biography of Agatha Christie

Author: Richard Hack
Hardcover: 284 pages
Publisher: Phoenix Books (July 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1597776203

Product Description
"Although she is the most popular novelist in history, with over two billion books sold worldwide, Agatha Christie lived a life shrouded in secrecy and fueled by curiosity. Nearly as notorious for her aversion to the press as she was for her 80 books and collections of short stories, Christie made no secret of her need for privacy. Utilizing over 5,000 previously unpublished letters, notes, and documents, award-winning biographer Richard Hack allows Christie to write again, 33 years after her death.

DUCHESS OF DEATH is her story, as full of romance, travel, wealth, and scandal as any mystery Christie ever crafted.There have been numerous biographies of the Queen of Crime, all of which claim to be definitive. However, DUCHESS OF DEATH is the first to draw from such an enormous number of previously unpublished correspondence and notes, effectively establishing it as the most authoritative, penetrating look at the personal and literary life of Christie."

My Review:
Not only was Agatha Christie a prolific mystery writer, but she also created mystery as she lived her own life. Mystery seemed to follow her. In any case, her name is synonymous with suspense.

Richard Hack has created in Duchess Of Death, a work that will delight Agatha Christie fans. He gives the reader an extraordinary glimpse into the mysterious life of an extraordinarily gifted legend.
(Thanks to Library Thing for my review copy)


  1. I've been meaning to read an Agatha Christie book for awhile, so the subject of this book does interest me. I think I would want to read one of her books before reading her biography. Thanks for the review.

  2. Thanks to you, Barbara, I now know this book is out there. Author biographies interest me greatly. I still need to get a hold of Georgette Heyer's bio that was published years ago. Oh, there's never enough time to read all there is too read.