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A murdered government agent, a cryptic message, a mysterious hotelier, and a missing girl. Leave it to Agatha Christie's most delightful crime-solving duo-Tommy and Tuppence Beresford-to crack the case.
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Overview

A murdered government agent, a cryptic message, a mysterious hotelier, and a missing girl. Leave it to Agatha Christie's most delightful crime-solving duo-Tommy and Tuppence Beresford-to crack the case.
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Engaging characters, bright dialogue, capital seashore scenery, and plenteous thrills. Good hunting.
Saturday Review of Literature
Engaging characters, bright dialogue, capital seashore scenery, and plenteous thrills. Good hunting.
Library Journal
Middle-aged Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, too old to fight and too young to knit, are dismayed to find out that the British government of World War II has little interest in their detecting and spy-catching abilities. Then, almost incidentally, they are asked to spot a traitor, believed to be living at a rural guesthouse. But the place is full of harmless eccentrics: elderly ladies, retired military men, a hypochondriac and his colorless wife, a young mother, and a German refugee. The Beresfords invent personalities and elaborate traps, identify the imposter, and prevent an invasion. The strengths of this Christie "cozy" are the exuberant charm, intelligence, and enthusiasms of the central characters. Middle-aged they may be, but inside Tommy and Tuppence are still the same young adventurers who chased criminals and spies in post-Great War London. James Warwick does a highly competent, nicely unobtrusive job of reading this title, which is likely to be popular with fans of golden age mysteries. Recommended for moderate to large public libraries. I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Anne Perry
“Agatha Christie proves that if you really are good enough, you can break all the ‘rules’ and still come up with a winner.”
The Guardian
“As ingenious as ever.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451201133
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: Tommy and Tuppence Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    Very clever and unpredictable!

    As always, Agatha Christie brings to light the evils present in human nature in a plot filled with quirky characters and plenty of wit. This is one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2004

    Not Bad

    I enjoyed this book because it was simple to follow. Yet, for most of the story, there was not a whole lot of action or suspense. I was expecting some of the main characters to be killed off, but nothing like that happened. The plot itself seemed a little hard to believe. The ending was quite cleverly done, but there was a whole lot of waiting to get there. This book did help me understand better the feelings of people at that time during the war. Many people were afraid of spies or invasions by Germany. There was racism and irrational ideas toward Germans. People often misjudge others simply because there is a war going on. The distinction between who the real enemies are and those who are simply part of a country becomes blurred. I would not say this book was as good as The Mousetrap or And Then There Were None, simply because it took too long to develop. I would not recommend this book if the reader is looking for thrills and suspense. However, it is an easy book to follow and can be very entertaining at times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2003

    Good Book

    Very nice, has her great style of writing. It's not very long, so why not read it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    Don't Bother

    This was a boring book, it's hard to believe Agatha Christie wrote it.

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