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The Christie Curse
A Book Collector Mystery #1
Victoria Abbott

Berkley Prime Crime
March 2013 / ISBN : 042525528X

Reviewed by Cheryl Green

Victoria Abbott is the mother –daughter duo of Mary Jane Maffini and Victoria Maffini

Wouldn’t it great to find a play that has never seen the light of day by one of the world’s most beloved authors? Wouldn’t you love to own it? Jordan Bingham is tired of living with her not “squeaky clean” uncles and living off of boxed mac and cheese. That is why we find Jordan applying for a job with the most hated woman in Harrison Falls, New York - Vera Van Alst.

What happened to Alex Fine’s notes? He was the last person researching the Christie play before his untimely death. Were the notes on the stolen laptop? Is Jordan putting herself in danger by continuing the search? Will she find the answer or will she be booked?

Things to ponder: Where does Vera Van Alst’s money come from? Is it possible to write a play in eleven days? Does Vera have a secret stash of Oreos hidden in her bedroom? Is the play real or is this just a scam to empty Vera’s deep pockets?

This has got to be the most fun book I have read in a long time. I love the character of Jordan and how she ticks. It was fun to be on the search for the Christie play and get to play detective with Jordan. I read this book as slowly as possible to keep the magic alive. This is a well-researched and written mystery. Be warned – the food mentioned in the book will make you crave the real thing and you might put on a few pounds. Especially since some yummy recipes are included. So if you are a fan of Agatha Christie or even if you are not, then this is one book that should not be missed. FYI the next book in this delightful series is called The Sayers Swindle.

Reviews of other titles in this series

The Christie Curse #1
The Sayers Swindle #2
The Wolfe Widow #3

Reviewed 2013