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Summary

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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  • ButterflyRose
  • 23-10-14

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
  • 18-03-13

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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  • peggy bourque
  • 28-10-15

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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  • Tiffany Hayes
  • 11-05-15

Love

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





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  • Adair Henderson
  • 18-04-18

Agatha Christie continues to intrigue her readers.

Agatha Christie continues to intrigue her readers. Very easy to listen to with Hugh Frazier.

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  • Michelle Arnold
  • 26-02-18

Great Agatha!!!

I loved " By the pricking of my thumbs"!! My Aunt gave me this book when I was about 12. I love it & still have this tattered old book. I fell in love with mystery books after that. This story is my all time favorite. I have always been an Agatha Christie fan after that.
I will be honest because that is what reviews are for. I wasn't a big fan of "Postern of fate". I will say the narrator Hugh Fraser is a fabulous reader. I say he is the perfect one to read Agatha.
I would still say buy the book. You may actually love both books. I am just very picky when it comes to Agatha.

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  • Peter Melby
  • 02-02-18

Too, too much extraneous information

I really enjoy Agatha Christie novels on the whole. However, I think I will avoid any further adventures of Tommy and Tuppence. There is far too much general history and unrelated backstory, causing the story to be twice as long as needed. The character dialog is also quite overwhelming. I enjoyed By The Pricking of My Thumbs a bit more. Overall, both stories are entertaining, if only they would get to the point without all the superfluous information. As alway, Hugh Fraser was wonderful.

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  • Nolkat
  • 30-01-18

Endlessly charming

The final two books in the Tommy and Tuppence mysteries make a fun end to the couple's adventures.

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  • George Breslauer
  • 24-10-17

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

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  • Boo
  • 22-01-17

Disappointing

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