N or M? (Tommy and Tuppence Series)

N or M? (Tommy and Tuppence Series)

by Agatha Christie

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Overview

Set during the dark days of World War II, Agatha Christie’s N or M? puts two most unlikely espionage agents, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, on the trail of a pair of Nazi spies who have murdered Britain’s top agent.

World War II is raging, and while the RAF struggles to keep the Luftwaffe at bay, Britain faces a sinister threat from “the enemy within”—Nazis posing as ordinary citizens.

With pressure mounting, the intelligence service appoints two improbable spies, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. Their mission: to seek out a man and a woman from among the colorful guests at Sans Souci, a seaside hotel. But this assignment is far from an easy stroll along the promenade—N and M have just murdered Britain’s finest agent and no one can be trusted.

 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062006660
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/10/2010
Series: Tommy and Tuppence Series
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 145,180
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England

Education:

Home schooling

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N or M? (Tommy and Tuppence Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice little read.
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A FAITHFUL OLD FRIEND...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
jannief on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in WWII, this features the lesser known heros of Agatha Christie novels - Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, a forty-something married couple that works on and off for the British government. In this one, they need to decipher a cryptic message: "N or M Song Susie". This leads them to a seaside resort where they change their identities in order to operate undercover. This was my first Agatha Christie book (I've seen a few of the movies that features either Poirot or Marple) and it wasn't bad. It did have some suspense (I did figure out one part but not the whole thing) but I found the resolution a bit confusing. Perhaps I missed something in the explanation at the end. But I did enjoy it. I had to chuckle over the fact that the Beresfords were considered quite over the hill and not very useful by their children and government - at the ripe old age of 46! So, I only have a few more years of usefulness apparently. LOL
veronicatabares on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I adore Tommy and Tuppence! It is too bad Agatha Christie didn't write a few more mysteries featuring these two quirky souls.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is 1940. England is at war. Blitzkrieg is about to begin. Tommy and Tuppence are being told they are too old for active war service. Their twin offspring Derek and Deborah are of course younger and are in the Air Force and nursing respectively.A Mr Grant turns up at the Beresford flat to offer Tommy a clerical job in the wilds of Scotland. When Tuppence is called out to assist a friend Mr Grant tells Tommy that in fact what he is offering is a spy job hunting down some Fifth Columnist Nazi spies known as N and M. The previous agent on their trail is dead, run down by a lorry. Tuppence is to be kept in ignorance of this venture.Tuppence of course adroitly outwits these attempts to exclude her and joins Tommy in Leahampton where they both attempt to track down N and M, but at the same time both under assumed names and definitely not married. But neither are as clever as they think.This is #3 in the Tommy and Tuppence stories (see below).#1, THE SECRET ADVERSARY, was not published until 1922 but was set mainly in 1919, when World War I was fresh in readers' minds. As I said in my review I thought Christie was probably reflecting contemporary paranoia with Bolshevism and secret agents and conspiracies, and showed a political awareness that we don't often give Christie credit for. THE SECRET ADVERSARY was also Agatha Christie's second published novel and had many signs of an author still coming to terms with her craft.#2 in the Tommy & Tuppence series, PARTNERS IN CRIME, published in 1929, was set mainly in 1925. Tommy now has a desk job with the British Secret Service, and Tuppence, much to her displeasure is at home, though when the Chief of British Intelligence asks them to take over the International Detective Agency, both jump at the chance of new adventures. The fifteen stories contain parodies of fictional detectives who were well-known to readers of the 1920s. In each story Tommy and Tuppence assume the mannerisms and methods of a different detective or detective team, including Sherlock Holmes. The stories are bound together with an overall theme of a rather vague Russian plot. Again Christie appears to be reflecting popular paranoia.So World War II is the perfect opportunity for Christie to add to the Tommy & Tuppence series (and you may want to reflect whether they would have made another appearance without the war) but now Christie is a well established and successful novelist with 30 novels to her credit, so she doesn't wait for the war to end, but publishes N or M? while the issues it reflects are still topical.Once you recognise that, you realise that Christie is reflecting a lot of contemporary thinking. It certainly must have made the average English reader look carefully at those around him. It is a very patriotic novel.Christie introduces the idea of a "wooden horse", Fifth Columnists, people who are very attracted by Hitler's ideas, a network that has infiltrated English society and infrastructure. N or M, you see, is a term we have heard before. It refers to two of the most important and trusted German agents. We have come across their activities in other countries and we know just a little about them. It is their mission to organise a Fifth Column in foreign countries and to act as liaison officer between the country in question and Germany. N, we know, is a man. M is a woman. All we know about them is that these two are Hitler¿s most highly trusted agents. `But there are those for whom we¿ve neither respect nor liking¿and those are the traitors within our own ranks¿the men who are willing to betray their country and accept office and promotion from the foreigner who has conquered it.¿ `We know The Day is fixed. We know, or think we know, roughly, where¿(But we may be wrong there.) We¿re as ready as we can be. But it¿s the old story of the siege of Troy. They knew, as we know, all about the forces without. It¿s the forces within we want to know about. The men in the Wooden Horse! For they
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tommy and Tuppence are not my favorite of Christie's characters so, while this passed an afternoon, I didn't warm to it all that much.
mrsnightskyre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Most of the Agatha Christie I've read in the past has Hercule Poirot as the detective. This looks to be from a different series, because our heroes are Tommy and Prudence ("Tuppence") Beresford, and it's set during World War II. It's more of a spy novel than a true murder mystery. Sure, someone dies at the beginning, but they were a spy (for England), and the goal is not really to find out who killed them, but who is the spy for the Germans. The man's dying words are the title of the book - our heroes know they are looking for German spies codenamed N and M, one male and one female. But they don't know which one is actually present in the small seaside resort town. Pretty typical Agatha Christie, lots of twists and turns and misdirection, all coming to a point very quickly at the end. It was highly enjoyable.
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Very enjoyable read
KeithDaniels More than 1 year ago
Weak spy thriller. Not one of her best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what happened with this digital edition and how it came to be such a mess, but it needs serious editing, particularly for punctuation.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Very nice, has her great style of writing. It's not very long, so why not read it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tuppence was a little annoying, but good historical mystery
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