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Tommy and Tuppence are at it again. This detective couple can never walk away from a mystery and these two later novels are no exception.

By the Pricking of My Thumbs: When Tommy and Tuppence visit an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they think nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada is a very difficult old lady.

But when Mrs. Lockett mentions a poisoned mushroom stew and Mrs. Lancaster talks about "something behind the fireplace", Tommy and Tuppence find themselves caught up in a spine-chilling adventure that could spell death for either of them...

Postern of Fate: Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have just become the proud owners of an old house in an English village. Along with the property, they have inherited some worthless bric-a-brac, including a collection of antique books. While rustling through a copy of The Black Arrow, Tuppence comes upon a series of apparently random underlinings.

However, when she writes down the letters, they spell out a very disturbing message: "Mary Jordan did not die naturally." And 60 years after their first murder, Mary Jordan's enemies are still ready to kill....

Don’t miss out on the rest of the daring couple’s adventures and other Agatha Christie mysteries!

©1973 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2006 HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd.

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Last two books of the Tommy and Tuppence series.

Would you consider the audio edition of By the Pricking of My Thumbs & Postern of Fate to be better than the print version?

Absolutely! It is well read by Hugh Fraser which made it highly enjoyable to listen to.

What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

He reads quite well.

Any additional comments?

By the Pricking of my Thumbs is my least fave Agatha Christie novels as I did not like the story line but do enjoy the Tommy and Tuppence characters and Hugh Fraser's voice made it worth listening to. Postern of Fate is the last Tommy and Tuppence story and takes place when the characters are retired.

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  • Kirk
  • Reno, NV USA
  • 03-18-13

Great!

Very well written, what a gift with the pen! Clever, nuanced, ever keeping you interested, relating with the characters, believable, wonderful.

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excellent

i think everyone should listen to the 60 Min. Biography Agatha recorded herself, THEN read her stories. It adds so much to each story

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Love

Love this
Everything Agatha Christie is smashing!
Her protagonists are entertaining. And
I know that every mystery reader will agree





1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Outdated

These should have been short stories. The pace was so slow and boring,I couldn't finish listening.

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Disappointing

Kept waiting for the mystery to start. Rather, I got a nostalgic rambling that lacked any of the excitement of the secret adversary

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Slow moving

I like the other Tommy and Tuppence stories so much more. These two books seem to drag on forever before getting to the point.

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Truly the queen of murder!

Entertaining! I alway love Hugh Fraser voice. 2 great books! I have been an agatha Christie fan for some time now and these 2 are my favorite

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Wish I could rate individually: #1 is 4, #2 is 2

My high overall story rating is for By the Pricking of My Thumbs.

By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968) is a great listen. Tommy and Tuppence are nearing retirement and dealing with an aged aunt who passes away at an old ladies home. Tuppence stumbles on clues related to old crimes and eccentric villagers. The listener is kept guessing until the end.

Postern of Fate (1973) doesn't fare as well. It has an interesting premise but fails to provide a satisfactory ending. The Tommy and Tuppence are retired (now about 70 we learn late in the book) and have moved to the country. It turns out the house has ties to a decades old espionage case. It was difficult to determine "when" the story was taking place until late in the plot and the date of the crime is vague until near the end. The listener is never privy to the documents uncovered by Tuppence. I wasn't ever sure who did what in the past and how it threatened prominent persons in the present. Postern of Fate was the last novel Agatha Christie wrote. That may have played a role in the weakness of the story. It is funny her final story is about two retirees.

Hugh Fraser is great. No one does an old lady better than he does. He reading saved Postern of Fate to some extent. He brings Tommy and Tuppence alive for the listener.

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Tommy & Tuppins Agatha Christie

Narration was very well done. Glad I purchased. I was thinking I'll & this was great. so much better then. T.V. Good purchase from Audible.

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