44 pages 1 hour read

Nina de Gramont

The Christie Affair

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2022

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Pages 83-122Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Part 1

Pages 83-93 Summary: “Here Lies Sister Mary”

Back in Ireland, Nan receives word that her sister Colleen has died; the telegram does not say how. Nan goes back to England to see her family. There she learns that Colleen had been pregnant with a soldier’s child. The man had gone to war and not answered Colleen’s letters; no one knows what happened to him. Their father sent Colleen away, and she died by suicide.

Nan’s mother takes her to get a photo done to send to Finbarr. Nan’s mother privately takes her remaining three daughters aside and tells them she has money saved if any of them gets into trouble, so she will not lose them the way she lost Colleen. Armistice Day comes, and Nan and Finbarr are reunited. They make love in an abandoned hotel room before he returns to the military.

Pages 94-102 Summary: “The Disappearance”

Police are searching for Agatha in every corner of England, and Inspector Frank Chilton has been called out of retirement to help. He is being put up at a hotel in Harrogate run by an interracial couple, told to think of his hopeless mission as a working holiday. Chilton suspects that Agatha died by suicide.

Archie speaks with the police chief, Constable Thompson, and is shown a copy of Agatha’s missing person notice.

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