THE GRAND TOUR:
Around the World with the Queen of Mystery


Edited by Mathew Pritchard

Harper, November 20, 2012 ($27.99)

ISBN-13: 978-0062191229

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

THE GRAND TOUR: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery is a "compilation of never-before published letters and photographs recounting Agatha Christie's travels around the British Empire in 1922." (from publicity information supplied by Harper/Collins) I couldn't have said it better myself. This is a wonderful book that will be cherished by Agatha Christie fans. I suspect many will want to keep the book at hand, on the coffee table perhaps, to peruse over and over again. The physical size of the book is one of the enjoyable aspects. At 384 pages, the approximately 9" x 7" hardcover book is generously sized.

Agatha and her husband, Archibald Christie, sailed on a nearly year-long trip around the British Empire. Through letters, postcards, photographs, and other memorabilia, a detailed account of her adventures through South Africa, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Canada has been compiled and edited by her grandson, Mathew Prichard. The voyage was undertaken after publication of Agatha Christie's second novel. I can easily imagine how this trip fueled ideas and settings for her books to come.

This book makes me wish that I could have had this adventure!

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