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Can we be haunted by those who are not yet dead? In the weeks that followed Agatha’ s divorce from Archie Christie, a ghostly part of him seemed to follow her everywhere. Sitting in an empty house, she would hear his footsteps on the stairs. Waking in the night, she would feel the weight of his body in the bed. Opening the wardrobe, she would breathe in the familiar scent of shaving soap and cigarettes, even though his clothes were long gone. It was if her senses had joined the conspiracy to push her over the edge.

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The Woman on the Orient Express Paperback – September 20, 2016 by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

From the Publisher.

Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can’t neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey.

Agatha isn’t the only passenger on board with secrets. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling’s first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson—newly married but carrying another man’s child—is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair. Each woman hides her past from the others, ferociously guarding her secrets. But as the train bound for the Middle East speeds down the track, the parallel courses of their lives shift to intersect—with lasting repercussions.

Filled with evocative imagery, suspense, and emotional complexity, The Woman on the Orient Express explores the bonds of sisterhood forged by shared pain and the power of secrets.

About the Author

Lindsay Ashford grew up in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. She was the first woman to graduate from Queens’ College, Cambridge, in its 550-year history. After earning her degree in criminology, Ashford worked as a reporter for the BBC and a freelance journalist for a number of national magazines and newspapers. She has four children and currently lives in a house overlooking the sea on the west coast of Wales.


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