A Different Kind of Evil

A Novel

A Different Kind of Evil

Agatha Christie—the Queen of Crime—travels to the breathtaking Canary Islands to investigate the mysterious death of a British agent in this riveting sequel to the “twisty thriller” (Publishers Weekly) A Talent for Murder.

Two months after the events of A Talent for Murder, during which Agatha Christie “disappeared,” the famed mystery writer’s remarkable talent for detection has captured the attention of British Special Agent Davison.

Now, at his behest, she is traveling to the beautiful Canary Islands to investigate the strange and gruesome death of Douglas Greene, an agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service. As she embarks on a glamorous cruise ship to her destination, she suddenly hears a scream. Rushing over to the stern of the liner, she witnesses a woman fling herself over the side of the ship to her death.

After this shocking experience, she makes it to the Grand Hotel in a lush valley on the islands. There, she meets a diverse and fascinating cast of characters, including two men who are suspected to be involved in the murder of Douglas Greene: an occultist similar to Aleister Crowley; and the secretary to a prominent scholar, who may also be a Communist spy. But Agatha soon realizes that nothing is what it seems here and she is surprised to learn that the apparent suicide of the young woman on the ocean liner is related to the murder of Douglas Greene. Now she has to unmask a different kind of evil in this sinister and thrilling mystery.
  • Atria Books | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501145094 | 
  • March 2018
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for A Different Kind of Evil includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

Introduction

January 1927. Agatha Christie is on board a luxury liner bound for the exotic Canary Islands. But this is no vacation for the world-famous mystery writer; she is traveling at the behest of the British Secret Service who want her to investigate the murder of Douglas Greene, a brilliant young agent who met an untimely and gruesome end. Mid-voyage, a new tragedy casts a shadow over the ship when Christie hears a scream and witnesses a young woman fling herself over the rails to her certain death.

After arriving at the idyllic Grand Hotel nestled in the lush valley on the island of Tenerife, Mrs. Christie meets an eccentric and fascinating cast of characters, several of whom prove to have good reason to be on her list of suspects. Far from home and uncertain of herself, Christie must rely on her unrivaled understanding of the criminal mind in order to find the truth. But she comes to learn that murder in the real world is very different from murder on the page.

Topics and Questions for Discussion

1. On page 48, Christie catches two lover see more

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About the Author

Andrew Wilson
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Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is an award-winning journalist and author. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Sunday Times, and the Smithsonian Magazine. He is the author of four acclaimed biographies, a book about the survivors of the Titanic, and the novels, The Lying Tongue, A Talent for Murder, A Different Kind of Evil, Death in a Desert Land.

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