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Jared Cade (1962 - ) is the author of the 1998 book Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days. Jared Cade describes himself as a lifelong Agatha Christie fan. In 1993 he appeared on the UK television game show $64,000 Question. He answered correctly all the questions on his specialist topic of Agatha Christie's novels and won the top prize of £6,400.

He became attracted to the subject of Christie's disappearance in 1926 because it seemed strange that Christie never mentioned it in her own autobiography and on the face of it, it appeared to be the only episode of adversity in an otherwise genteel life. He was particularly interested in what impact her experience would have on her subsequent writings. For his research he drew largely on recollections of Judith and Graham Gardner, the daughter and son-in-law of Nan Watts whose brother Jimmy is Agatha Christie's brother-in-law. Cade's work was subsequently published in 1998, with a revised and expanded edition in 2011.

While researching for the his biography of Agatha Christie, he located several short stories written in the 1920s: While the Light Lasts, Within a Wall, The House of Dreams, The Lonely God and The Edge. These stories had been published in magazines and then escaped detection by scholars for decades. The stories with a few others were subsequently published in 1997 in the collection While the Light Lasts and Other Stories. Cade also traced copies of two missing and unpublished Agatha Christie plays: Chimneys (a stage adaptation of The Secret of Chimneys) and A Daughter’s a Daughter. Both have since been performed on stage and the latter has also been adapted as a novel.