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Since Agatha Christie is dead for more than four decades, and I've read almost everything she wrote, all I could do is to fill in the gaps. And it looks like I didn't read everything she wrote that involved Tommy and Tuppence Beresford.

The first book, The Secret Adversary, is a bit naive, but a pleasant read nonetheless. I would notice an outspoken opinion about the justice system:

“You will hang if you shoot me,” muttered the Russian irresolutely.
“No, stranger, that’s where you’re wrong. You forget the dollars. A big crowd of solicitors will get busy, and they’ll get some highbrow doctors on the job, and the end of it all will be that they’ll say my brain was unhinged. I shall spend a few months in a quiet sanatorium, my mental health will improve, the doctors will declare me sane again, and all will end happily for little Julius. I guess I can bear a few months’ retirement in order to rid the world of you, but don’t you kid yourself I’ll hang for it!”

The next one, Partners in Crime, is a series of cases in which the two got involved; some of them are quite funny, and everything is very lightweight, unlike everything that involves Poirot or Miss Marple; even Parker Pyne is more serious an investigator than these two guys. This is to be read for fun, not to test the abilities of one's little gray cells.

N or M? is much more serious business. It's still a light spy thriller, a bit below Agatha Christie's customary plot level. What bothered me more than the plot was the way spying was considered a patriotic act, punishable by death, but still honourable for no matter what part:

“I’m sorry,” she said slowly.
“So am I,” said Tommy. “He’s a good chap.”
Tuppence said: “You and I might be doing the same thing in Germany.”

I'm afraid the reality of WWII was far from being symmetrical. No matter how much they believed or not the official Nazi propaganda, it should have been obvious even to them that Germany was not just defending its interests, it was invading other countries, it was conquering territories not based on any kind of right, but only in the quest of Lebensraum and of removing "inferior people" (Untermenschen) such as the Jews, the Slavic nations, and so on. If spying for one's country was probably patriotism on both sides between the USSR and NATO countries during the Cold War, one cannot say the same about the Nazi spies during WWII.

I found the fourth book, By the Pricking of My Thumb, to be so-so. With an air of Midsomer Murders, this was adapted by ITV Granada in the form of a stupid Miss Marple episode (yes, they added Miss Marple to Tommy and Tuppence). Both the book and the film are mediocre, although still OK-ish.

Postern of Fate is, unfortunately, the worst book Agatha Christie ever wrote (it was her last one too). It's actually depressing. Her being in her eighties and in a rather poor health might have played a role, but the book is not a typical one. As John Curran writes in "Tommy and Tuppence: An Introduction", "the bulk of the book is a series of nostalgic conversations. It is, in reality, a journey into the past both for the writer and the reader. Many elements from Christie’s happy childhood in her family home, Ashfield, appear in barely disguised form—the books she read, her rocking horse, the monkey-puzzle tree in the garden, the greenhouse—but the arch-plotter of yesteryear is little in evidence." Yes, it's old age, nostalgia, decrepitude and it smells of people waiting to die. Even the "Oxford or Cambridge" trick is so thick that I wondered how could they even publish such a horrible novel.


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Ebook The Complete Tommy & Tuppence Collection: The Secret Adversary, Partners in Crime, N or M?, By the Pricking of My Thumbs, and Postern of Fate (Tommy and Tuppence #1-5) read Online! Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880–1929), called Monty, ten years older than Agatha.

During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.

On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks. They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.

Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.

In late 1926, Agatha's husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce. On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey. That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire. Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels. Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.

In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan (Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie's death in 1976. In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.

Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories. Christie's travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East. Other novels (such as And Then There Were None) were set in and around Torquay, where she was born. Christie's 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway. The hotel maintains Christie's room as a memorial to the author. The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.

Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother-in-law, James Watts. She based at least two of her stories on the hall: the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral. "Abney became Agatha's greatest inspiration for country-house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.

During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post-war crime novels.

To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande


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