31 Days of Great Nonfiction: The Grand Tour

The Grand TourThe Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of MysteryThe Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery by Agatha Christie by Agatha Christie

I’m a huge mystery fan, but this year was my first ever reading Agatha Christie. Despite my general ignorance surrounding her life and writing, I still was entranced by this book based on her letters and notes from her lengthy trip around the world in 1922. I can only imagine how much more I’d have loved the book if I’d read more of her novels!

All that is to say, while I think if you’re a fan of her works, you’ll already realize that you’ll likely enjoy this book, I don’t think you need to be familiar with her novels to appreciate it. Even without knowing who she and would become in the literary field, the glimpse at a long-gone way of life and travel was fascinating. Plenty of photographs accompany the text, and help bring it to life.

Recommended for all armchair travelers and history fans, and of course for fans of Christie herself.

Publisher’s Description:
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Now, in this fascinating travelogue of the prolific author’s yearlong trip around the British Empire in 1922, Christie provides the clues to the origins of the plots and locales of some of her bestselling mystery novels. Containing never-before-published letters and photos from her travels, and filled with intriguing details about the exotic locations she visited, The Grand Tour is an important book for Agatha Christie fans, revealing an unexpected side to the world’s most renowned mystery writer.

31 Days of Great Nonfiction

My favorite armchair travel book? It’s Liz Curtis Higgs’ My Heart’s in the Lowlands, featured as part of my series last year. So much fun!

To see all the books featured in 31 Days of Great Nonfiction, go to the series page.

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  1. Just reserved it at the library! Can’t wait!

  2. You’re right — I’m a big AC fan and this book sounds fascinating! I love reading historical letters, too. It’s such an interesting glimpse into people’s lives.

  3. SoCalLynn says:

    While I am not a fan of mysteries, I think I’d really like this book. I love to be an armchair traveler, and who knows? I might pick up one of her books, too, after reading this one.

    • I really don’t think you need to be a fan of mysteries to like this book – the travelogue and peek into history are the real stars of the book. The mystery aspect only comes into play because of who it is, and some occasional references to inspiration for future books.

  4. I’ve been reading AC for years, and yet haven’t read this… it’s going on the list! 🙂

  5. By the way, have you found any other AC books you love, since that first one?

    • Haven’t tried any more yet, for no real reason other than TMBNERT. That would be, “too many books, not enough reading time.” 😉

  6. I love Agatha Christie, so this is going on the reading list!

  7. Your 31 Days of Nonfiction Series is opening my eyes to books I’ve not come across before. How could I have missed this one? I’ve got to stop reading now . . . and go update my TBR list!

  8. Sounds fun : )


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