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Publisher's Summary

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: M a r y�J o r d a n�d i d�n o t�d i e�n a t u r a l l y.
©1973 Agatha Christie Limited. A Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"Past and present interlock impressively...this is a genuine tour de force." (Observer)
"The Beresfords are wonderfully revived. Smooth, beautifully paced, and effortlessly convincing." (The New York Times)

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not Agatha's best story<br />

the performance as usual is superb, but how the story is wrapped up is not at all successful or satisfying. if you have heard everything else by Agatha buy, if not try another book.

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  • barbara
  • Chiswick, Australia
  • 08-12-13

just too old

I am a great agatha christie however this one was just too old on many levels..constant conversation between the husband and wife sleuths..and in the end there was no point trying to work out 'who dun it' as agatha just introduced a random person in the end who was the murderer...very hard to stay involved

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-17-15

brilliant

as always Hugh Fraser makes you think you are listening to a full cast recording.

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  • 67Impala
  • 01-27-18

A must read for all mystery fans

Tommy and Tuppence at their best, on a par with N or M. An interesting story line which you need to follow to get all the clues that the Beresfords find. Extremely well read by Hugh Fraser, absolutely spot on with all the characters. I have listened to this four times now and still find it highly enjoyable. I really recommend this.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 01-09-18

Christie’s swan song

The story is rather slow moving, drawing much on previous episodes in the life of Tommy and Tuppence. This engaging couple are now aging, and much is made of problems with memory (as much the author’s difficulty as that of the characters).
The Manchester Terrier, Hannibal, is a great personality. (I have a friend who has a feisty little canine of this rare breed, developed as ratters, like a Dobermann in concentrated form, so I appreciate that he is more life-like than many of the humans!)
It’s not a book to recommend to anyone who doesn’t already like the Beresfords, but I liked to know what had happened to their children (especially Betty, whom they adopted).
Tommy and Tuppence are the only Christie principals who lived in “real time”: very young in The Secret Adversary, young marrieds in Partners in Crime, 40-somethings in N or M? Etc. And they have a proper family life, unlike Poirot (whom I like) or Miss Marple (who gets up my nose, so I don’t buy those audiobooks- too much exposure on old TV), who are always old, little changed in 40-50 years of senior citizenship!
It isn’t a very good book, but it rounds off the T&T saga, and Hugh Fraser performs it well, although he does make (repeatedly) one of his rare errors of pronunciation - Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Catriona” is properly pronounced more like “Katrina” with the stress on the first syllable and a very short “o” sound. I have two nieces of that name which is the anglicised (simplified) spelling of the Scots & Irish Gaelic version of Catherine.
He also messes up with “Achille” (The Big Four), but that’s only two aberrations (of his, he’s not responsible for authorial gaffes) in many, many hours of portraying characters of all ages, diverse nationalities and social situations, of both genders.

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  • korienia mcneilly
  • 10-16-17

superb

loved this story so much, just brilliant looking forward to my next Agatha book 😁

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  • Jaye what if
  • 03-03-16

Postern of Fate

Agarha Christies Tommy & Tuppence series, 1st one I've ever listened to it, had all the best things Agatha Christie, has to offer. , I really enjoyed this audible book, it gives you a idea of what people did behind the scenes, to help with the war effort

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-17-14

Not up to standard

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book tends to discuss previous Tommy and Tuppence book N or M, I would change the continued reference to that previous case and how it was solved. Luckily I had already read N or M, but if I had not it would have really spoiled that book.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favourite?

I did not feel Hugh Fraser was up to his usual standards. He tended to use the same tone of voice for some of the characters and it took some concentration to hear which character was which.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I found the bases of the storyline was good and there are some ingenious ideas, but I did not find it as good as Christie's other works.

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  • KittyPryde1962
  • 10-14-17

Avoid

Awful, dull, tedious and repetitive tale. Waste of time and money. She must have run out of ideas.

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  • RUBY LANGTON-BATTY
  • 03-22-18

A treat for dog lovers

A great instalment of this series. Story has slowed down in their retirement, but delightful for real Christie fans. The lead character is really their dog Hannibal- very sweet and loyal