Definitely a darker more sinister story worth a more complicated plot than some of her others. Another off the Agatha Christie list as I continue my voyage of rediscovery, cruising down the long long river of books I read in my teens and have almost forgotten. This one is set after WWII, so our heroes are middle aged now, with grown and married children but still with indomitable characters and Tuppence Another off the Agatha Christie list as I continue my voyage of rediscovery, cruising down the long long river of books I read in my teens and have almost forgotten.
This one is set after WWII, so our heroes are middle aged now, with grown and married children but still with indomitable characters and Tuppence has every bit of the energy she used to create the young adventurers back in WWI. And, it is worth bearing in mind that Tommy and Tuppence were the main characters of Christie's that aged in a linear and believable fashion; Miss Marple was pretty much unchanged for almost all her entire very extensive career.
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Poirot was said to age, but in practice very little changed for him over the course of his novels until right at the end of Christie's career. Whereas Tommy and Tuppence, perhaps because they had so many fewer novels with written about them, with much wider gaps between stories aged and developed quite believably. In this story, the two visit Tommy's great aunt Ada, in a nursing home and as she is waiting for him Tuppence is asked the strangest question by one of the other residents, a question that leads to the pricking in her thumbs.
A while later, aunt Ada dies of apparently natural causes, Tuppence hopes to have another word with the same resident she had encountered earlier but that lady has been taken out of the home by her relations, leaving only a painting that she had given to Ada. This leads, eventually into a long and futile search for the missing old lady, the house in the painting and sundry other suspicious events I enjoyed the writing and the characterisation of the main and secondary players of this story, the descriptions of back lands and tiny towns in the English countryside, I enjoyed the convoluted and many layered plot and how it unfolded.
As a historic novel; published in the 60's which does not seem so very long ago, there are a few interesting and significant differences between the society described and the modern one. The main one that struck me is that, despite both Beresfords, Tommy AND Tuppence, having done sterling work for the various defense agencies and persons of England, in BOTH wars, now only Tommy is employed by whichever mysterious agencies which employ him.
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Nor even the very modern and feisty Tuppence remarks on the fact that she is given no such work, though she had an equal part in Tommy's adventures and successes. I thought that was quite interesting. The manner in which Christie writes about older people too, I suppose indicative of her own era, implies that old old people are at least slightly mad, just by virtue of being old and no one can expect them to be normal.
Thank goodness for the revised attitudes of our day! Very enjoyable and curious novel, was very glad to read or possibly re-read, I didn't actually remember it well this great classic story. Feb 26, Santiago rated it really liked it. Picture Tuppence sitting infront of a fireplace at Sunny Ridge, as Tommy is upstairs visiting his old aunt. Beside her sits an old and kind woman drinking hot milk.
Then she asks Tuppence, lost in thought: This one is great. They inherit a picture of a house from an old aunt of Tommy and Tuppence decides she has seen that house somewhere in England and goes looking for it. This crazy Picture Tuppence sitting infront of a fireplace at Sunny Ridge, as Tommy is upstairs visiting his old aunt.
This crazy search leads her to a house with a dark past and strange present. I hope to read more from them in the future. Mar 18, Lina Mouloudj rated it it was ok Shelves: Tommy went to a conference, so he was absent for a few days, so during that time Tuppence did her best to remember where did she saw that house at the painting.. View all 5 comments. Nov 02, Greg rated it it was ok Shelves: Forty years after Christie first presented that dynamic spy duo, Tommy and Tuppence, to us in the s, they are back at it, this time investigating a murder at a "home for old ladies.
The solution involves a modified painting, smugglers, a child murderer, secret passages, questionable identities and perhaps every trope in this genre.
To me, this novel was good enough for a one-sit reading: I recommend this only to those readers who are devoted to Agatha Christie: Dame Agatha is at the top of the "cozy murder mystery" genre when she visits a well-moneyed country house for a weekend of fun and games. Still, I have about forty more of her novels to go, and I'm going to read them all. Because when Chistie is great, no one else comes close. View all 9 comments. Jan 01, Kavita rated it really liked it Shelves: Tommy and Tuppence pay a visit to Tommy's Aunt Ada at her old age home, and fall headlong into a superb mystery.
I am a little surprised that this book is rated so low by AC fans. It is one of Christie's creepiest books and there are several heart-stopping scenes, and the book is worth reading for these alone. Admittedly, the plot is a little convoluted, but it is not fully unbelievable and the story unfolds in a decent manner. It does not confuse you, but I guess fans find it tough to reconcile Tommy and Tuppence pay a visit to Tommy's Aunt Ada at her old age home, and fall headlong into a superb mystery.
It does not confuse you, but I guess fans find it tough to reconcile with the lack of clues. My one issue with the book is more of an ethical issue than the quality of the writing.
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I knocked off one star for this, but I loved the rest of the book. Tommy and Tuppence make a wonderful pair, though this story was mostly Tuppence's show. But that was just even better! The characters were very nicely drawn and any of them could have been evil. It is written in a different manner and is quite scary, but still good.
May 19, Elsa rated it it was ok Shelves: The story is so weak!
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Tommy and Tuppence are not my favorite characters that would be Poirot but I already read some books about their adventures and they were quite good and interesting, but this…. The reason they start to investigate is ridiculous Tuppence meets an old lady in a nursing home, and decided to go and search the old Lady after being told that she was removed from the nursing home by her family , they found the clues by chance only, and, worst of all… there were no clues in the book that would lead the reader in the discovery of the criminal.
I hate when that happen!!! View all 4 comments. Jan 06, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Masterful Agatha Christie classic. A Tommy and Tuppence mystery in which the intrepid Tuppence takes center stage. Subtle, multi-layered mystery that shows all of Dame Agatha's plotting and character creation skills. One of my all time favorites. I was blown away and wasn't even close to seeing this coming. Jan 06, Maureen rated it did not like it. Christie was in her late 70s when she wrote this and, after decades of spewing out books, had clearly stopped bothering. I'd never heard of the protagonists - Tuppence and Tommy - before and I'm not surprised why.
This is half-hearted piffle, splodged together and peppered with the odd bit of reactionary nonsense directed at the modern world of Nothing give me more comfort than reading an Agatha Christie book while traveling. Not sure why, but she's been my go to for probably 20 years or more. And I was introduce to Tommy and Tuppence!
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I had no idea she had characters other than Poirot and Miss Marple! I always enjoyed Christie's Tommy and Tuppence novels.
I do like how she has them age as time goes by and they are a little different in each book. Here they are around retirement age and are starting to feel a little older. It was a fun read, but I think there was maybe just a little too much added to the plot. I think the story flowed just as well if it wasn't there.
Very much enjoyed this one.
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Una lectura para pasar un buen rato. Sep 28, Diana Long rated it really liked it. A Tommy and Tuppence mystery where the reader now finds them in their 70's. For the majority of the book Tuppence is on her own when she decides to investigate a painting and clues left by an elderly aunt, a mystery going back many years but one she is determined to solve with dire consequences. May 11, Patrick rated it really liked it. Mixed feelings at this time A very quick listen, narrator superb. Dark story line for sure but I do think that is the point with AC's storytelling.
By the Pricking of my Thumbs 11 18 Nov 27, By the Pricking of My Thumbs 5 26 Jan 01, Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott , and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan. Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages.
By the Pricking of My Thumbs 19 Feb 7. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Edit Cast Episode cast overview, first billed only: Miss Marple Chloe Pennington Young Hannah Oliver Jordan Young Ethan Anthony Andrews Tuppence Beresford Clare Holman Miss Packard Miriam Karlin Marjorie Moody June Whitfield Aunt Ada Steven Berkoff Chris Murphy Jody Halse Amos Perry Josie Lawrence Hannah Beresford Michael Maloney Agatha Christie - Marple: Edit Did You Know?
Trivia Although the exact date of the setting of the episode is not given the scenes at the film presentation clearly show signs that celebrate the Festival of Britain which took place in Tommy chuckles in response ] I was in Macbeth at my prep school. Add the first question.
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Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report this. What are they doing now? Francis Iles Anthony Berkeley Cox in The Guardian' s issue of 13 December admitted that, "This is a thriller, not a detective story, and needless to say an ingenious and exciting one; but anyone can write a thriller well, almost anyone , whereas a genuine Agatha Christie could be written by one person only. Maurice Richardson in The Observer of 17 November said, "Not her best though it has patches of her cosy euphoria and aura of the sinister.
Makes one appreciate the economy of dialogue — all point, or at least possible point, in early Christie. In , the novel was adaptated by the French director Pascal Thomas under the title Mon petit doigt m'a dit The novel was adapted into a television movie in as part of the Marple series starring Geraldine McEwan.