Absent in the Spring by Agatha Christie

Absent in the Spring by Agatha Christie was published under a pseudonym, Mary Westmacott. It is not a murder mystery though. I like her mysteries, but not the ones with Hercule Poirot. She wrote 6 books like this one, unrelated, and romance-kind of books. I liked this one a lot, and now I’m reading another one of hers.

Absent in the Spring by Agatha Christie

I don’t want to give any spoilers, so I will just share a quick overview of the book. Joan Scudamore is married and has 3 children. One daughter is in Iraq and she visited her for a short while. While returning to England she remains stranded in a hotel of sorts near the station. She has to wait for a few days for the train to arrive. Being alone she starts thinking of her life, remembering small things for years before. She remembers talks with her husband, with friends, from parties, discussions with her children. It is a journey of discovery in a way, of her discovering herself.

I didn’t like her at all. I couldn’t relate to her life and her stories. That being said, I loved the book. It’s short but interesting. Also, the ending is just superb. I think any other ending would have been unrealistic. I highly recommend the book.

Books under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott (links to reviews):
Giant’s Bread (1930)
Unfinished Portrait (1934)
Absent in the Spring (1944)
The Rose and the Yew Tree (1948) – 3 Stars
A Daughter’s a Daughter (1952) – 3 Stars
The Burden (1956)

Absent in the Spring by Agatha Christie

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: HarperCollins
Year it was published: 1997 (first published in 1944)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Fiction
Pages: 190

About the author: Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, as the youngest of three. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison. During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels.
Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During her first marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines. In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan (Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie’s death in 1976.
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3 thoughts on “Absent in the Spring by Agatha Christie”

  • I’m not a big fan of romance, but would be willing to try one of these. So far, I’ve only read her Poirot mysteries (and enjoyed them), but have some Miss Marple and Tommy & Tuppence stories in my TBR.
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    • Romance might not be the most accurate classification of the book, as it is mainly focused on her and her side of the story, her memories of her life with her husband and their children. I think you might like it.

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