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Rumah di Tepi Kanal (Tommy and Tuppence #4)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,356 Ratings  ·  388 Reviews
"Aneh, rasanya aku pernah melihat rumah itu sebelumnya, entah di mana", kata Tuppence sambil menatap lukisan tersebut. "Aku harus mencari rumah itu".
Maka Tuppence pun naik kereta, mencari rumah dalam lukisan itu. Dari sini dimulailah petualangan yang melibatkannya pada suatu kasus pembunuhan terpendam di masa lampau. Sang pembunuh menantinya di rumah itu - rumah di tepi k
Paperback, 312 pages
Published 1993 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published November 1968)
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Henry Avila
Agatha Christie's leisurely murder mystery, begins in an old ladies home.Tommy Beresford is visiting his Aunt Ada, at Sunny Ridge. The spinster is 80 and still tough,she likes tormenting Tuppence the nephew's wife, who has come along.(Ada needs some fun in her sedentary life)Tuppence befriends Mrs.Lancaster ,an inmate. This woman ,who seems slightly confused,always talking about a dead child!Miss Packard, who runs this peaceful establishment, doesn't take Mrs. Lancaster seriously.Three weeks lat ...more
Laurel Young
Dec 16, 2010 Laurel Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to go ahead and give this five stars, because it is fairly rare for Dame Agatha to go all-out creepy with her books and I'm amazed at how well she does it here! I read this book a very long time ago and never forgot the image of the old lady calmly saying that the milk is not poisoned TODAY and inquiring about the body walled up in the fireplace. Gave me shivers! So I had a sense of happy deja-vu when I read the first chapter and realized that this was *that* many of Christie ...more
Jun 20, 2009 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredibly chilling mystery; I had the cover image and the creepy, insane mutterings of the killer burnt into my mind and preventing me from falling asleep. Scary.

Agatha Christie has produced yet another brilliant mystery, one that is intense and possesses gripping tension throughout the entire novel as the detectives attempt to solve the puzzle. Tommy and Tuppence are back again, now very much advanced in age, but still as spirited as ever. The light romance between the two is very
The title comes from Shakespeare's Macbeth, "By the pricking of my thumbs,Something wicked this way comes". This is the first Tommy and Tuppence novel I have read but it won't be the last. Tommy and Tuppence Beresford visit Tommy’s Aunt Ada in a retirement home called Sunny Ridge. While Tommy is visiting with his Aunt, Tuppence goes to another room where she meets and has a conversation with another resident Mrs. Lancaster. Mrs. Lancaster unexpectedly says "Was it your poor child? There behind t ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Kavita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Tommy and Tuppence pay a visit to Tommy's Aunt Ada at her old age home, and fall headlong into a superb mystery. I am a little surprised that this book is rated so low by AC fans. It is one of Christie's creepiest books and there are several heart-stopping scenes, and the book is worth reading for these alone. Admittedly, the plot is a little convoluted, but it is not fully unbelievable and the story unfolds in a decent manner. It does not confuse you, but I guess fans find it tough to reconcile ...more
Medini ❤TheGlitteringSlytherin❤
A recipe for one of Agatha Christie's most creepy, atmospheric thrillers:

A senile old lady's mysterious words.

A sudden disappearance.

An oil painting of a house which invokes an unexpected sense of déja vu.

A dead body walled off behind a fireplace.

A stuffed, glassy-eyed, broken doll.

A string of unsolved child murders.

A missing grave.

A killer in a home for elderly ladies.

A cache of precious stones.

All these set in a picturesque setting, along with a sprinkling of gossipy middle aged villagers, shi
Feb 26, 2013 Santiago rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picture Tuppence sitting infront of a fireplace at Sunny Ridge, as Tommy is upstairs visiting his old aunt. Beside her sits an old and kind woman drinking hot milk. Then she asks Tuppence, lost in thought: 'Was it your poor child?'

Tommy and Tuppence books are somewhat more of adventure than Poirot's and Mrs.Marple's. This one is great. They inherit a picture of a house from an old aunt of Tommy and Tuppence decides she has seen that house somewhere in England and goes looking for it. This crazy
Aug 14, 2010 Meave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh Aggie, your mind really must have been going to have written this and considered it a complete novel. It doesn't make sense! It's terribly disappointing, especially because Tommy and Tuppence are usually so delightful. But in this mystery not only do they lack believable motivation for taking any action, they don't get to do much of anything together, and their chemistry is all wonky, which was the most depressing part.

I'll take some of the blame for not understanding the plot, as I did fall
Lina Mouloudj
sigh! i'm so disappointed..

well, this is a summary about how did the "adventure" started:

Tommy and Tuppence went to an old age home called Sunny Ridge to visit Tommy's ant, Ant Ada.. while Tommy was talking to his old ant, Tuppence sat with Mrs Lancaster who also resides at Sunny Ridge, suddenly Mrs Lancaster asked Tuppence "was it your poor child? there behind the fireplace", those words sticks in Tuppence's mind...

after a few weeks And Ada died, so Tommy and Tuppence went to Sunny Ridge to get
I always enjoyed a good Agatha Christie’s book, unfortunately “by the pricking of my thumbs” is not a “good” Agatha Christie’s!

The story is so weak! Tommy and Tuppence are not my favorite characters (that would be Poirot) but I already read some books about their adventures and they were quite good and interesting, but this…. is…I’ll have to say it even if it breaks my heart…. is a bad book!

The reason they start to investigate is ridiculous (Tuppence meets an old lady in a nursing home, and deci
Dec 23, 2014 Faa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apart from Poirot and Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence are my other distraction from the real world. It is strange to read this book and realized they had grow old together. However, as vigilant as Miss Marple herself; both Tommy and Tuppence never show signs of old ages. They grow old together amazingly and their ability to discern ramblings, gossips and real mysteries was as sharp and witty as ever. When Tuppence left behind by Tommy who attended the league of old men, she found her footsteps a ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
Nothing give me more comfort than reading an Agatha Christie book while traveling. Not sure why, but she's been my go to for probably 20 years or more. And I was introduce to Tommy and Tuppence! I had no idea she had characters other than Poirot and Miss Marple!
Tami (synchro from BL)
Tommy and Tuppence grown a little old, but still fabulous. I just like those two.

The crime story was a little weaker than most of Christie's in my opinion, but still good.
Also in my edition were some annoying typos (mrs instead of mr).

Sep 03, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads
Disclaimer: I tried to like it. It's Agatha Christie for goodness sake! I hope this is not representative of her other works. Maybe it's just me. Lots of people gave it four or five stars and said that it was "chilling". That said:

WARNING: May cause marked drowsiness, confusion of thoughts due to mind-wandering, slight headache and a severe case of "get-on-with-it-already!"

It started out promising. I enjoyed the obvious "Britishness" of it. The dialogue between Tommy and Tuppence was playful and
Masterful Agatha Christie classic. A Tommy and Tuppence mystery in which the intrepid Tuppence takes center stage. Subtle, multi-layered mystery that shows all of Dame Agatha's plotting and character creation skills. One of my all time favorites.

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Feb 20, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing keeping me from giving this book five stars is simply that I didn't completely understand it. It could be my fault, so I'm just going to accept it!
I am a fan of Christie's Poirot novels, but I don't like Marple as much, so I wasn't sure if I would like Tommy and Tuppence. I do! They complement each other so well, and I love the way Tuppence thinks. All of the (many) characters were vivid and really set up a menacing atmosphere set behind a charming English country village. There w
Aug 25, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My goodness I loved this book. It is without a doubt this is my favorite Tommy and Tuppence story. It is brilliantly creepy and perfectly engaging. Tuppence gets caught up in a mystery that is about the old, the young, what time can do to a person, and how you never quite know if your perception of something is the right one. It has nothing to do with war (which I prefer as I'm not big on their wartime stories) and everything to do with the pasts of people you wouldn't think had things to hide. ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A re-reading of what is, in my opinion, the creepiest book in Agatha Christie's repertoire. This time I listened to the audio book, narrated and performed by Hugh Fraser. I say "performed" because this was easily the most entertaining version I've read/listened to. Mr. Fraser's performance of the various characters had me laughing out loud at times they were so amusing. His rendition of "Aunt Ada" was particularly hilarious, putting me in mind of many of Terry Jones' "female" characters in Monty ...more
Annie Hawthorne
Sep 12, 2015 Annie Hawthorne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tales-of-mystery
Well, that was quite creepy. O.o
Jan 17, 2016 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Tommy and Tuppence go to visit Tommy's Aunt Ada in an old peoples home they get more than they bargained for and are plunged headfirst into another thrilling mystery.
Aunt Ada is given a beautiful picture of a house by a canal with a boat tied up near a bridge by another home resident, Mrs. Lancaster and Tuppence feels she has seen it somewhere before.
When Aunt Ada dies the picture passes into their possession and Tuppence resolves to enquire whether Mrs. Lancaster would now like it back but
Admittedly I have not read many novels by Agatha Christie. It seems like in her novels the plot often changes and evolves as the story progresses. Prudence Cowley (Tuppence) with the support of Thomas Beresford (Tommy) is chasing a wild comment by an inmate in Aunt Ada’s old age home – Sunny Ridge.

Despite a weak start and the author manages to seize our attention and intrigue with its fast pace and unconventional characterisation. The question, “was it your poor child”, from one of the character
Jan 14, 2013 Blake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Agatha Christie book, I know "Blake, why didn't you read her best, And Then There Were None." Well, I am not quite sure why I chose this one mainly because they cover was enticing and I just wanted to check it out. And I know I gave it 3 stars but she really is a great writer.

- The ending was phenomenal! Everything an ending for a mystery should be: thrilling, heart wrenching and heart pumping.
- Her writing style is obviously great
- I loved the ch
Geert Daelemans
The weakest Tommy and Tuppence novel

While Tommy Beresford visits his feeble old Aunt Ada at Sunny Ridge rest home, his wife Tuppence meets old Mrs. Lancaster in the sitting room. The solitary woman is drinking a glass of milk because "It is not poisoned today." Suddenly she looks at the fireplace and asks: "Was it your poor child? That is where it is, you know." When three weeks later Aunt Ada dies, Tommy and Tuppence revisit the rest house. Intrigued by the fact that old Mrs. Lancaster has sudd
Karen B.
Mar 03, 2015 Karen B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like Agatha Christie, can't say I I really "love" her mysteries, but I am so glad I tried this Tommy and Tuppence mystery. Tuppence reminds me a little of Miss Marple but her determination to go to many lengths to discover the truth drives this novel. She knows there are connections but is not always sure how to get them together. Christie delivers many clues that leave the reader twisting around many paths all to converge together with a wonderful ending. This book was delightful!
Sep 01, 2015 K. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Creepy. I don't like murder mysteries, which is why I have liked the earlier Tommy and Tuppence chronicles. Those two are adorable. However, this was a creepy crawley and I didn't like it much despite the fun main characters. Going to finish out the series, but that's it for Christie after that.
Lisa Findley
Mar 17, 2014 Lisa Findley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several really creepy moments, lots of Tuppence-focused action, good stuff.
Julia Cummings
Sep 27, 2015 Julia Cummings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tommy and Tuppence are undoubtedly my favorite Christie detectives. I love how Tuppence is always going off on her own and doing something so completely different from anyone else. Very few people, if any, would worry so much for a woman they met once, then learned the woman had left with a family member. If anyone had been inclined to track down Mrs. Lancaster as Tuppence was, I highly doubt anyone would have had the skills to find the hidden mystery, then solve it no less. Tuppence is most def ...more
Robert Stewart
This book was a bit of a let down. Tommy and Tuppence, now comfortably into their sixties, visit a nursing home where Tommy's aged aunt is housed. She soon passes away and leaves behind a painting of a house that Tuppence becomes obsessed with. She trails all over the place in search of the house and in search of the rather dotty old woman that gave the picture to Tommy's aunt. The story is very long-winded and full of long, rambling dialogues, the purpose of which is to try and set the scene fo ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Aries rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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L'amore per l'avventura e per il mistero è una di quelle passioni che non si affievoliscono con l'età. Ne sono una dimostrazione evidente gli ormai maturi coniugi Tommy e Tuppence Beresford, i due simpatici investigatori un tempo definiti "giovani avventurieri". Infatti ecco che la visita di cortesia all'anziana e petulante zia Ada, ospite di una casa di riposo, e il curioso incontro con la signora Lancaster, una premurosa e svampita vecchietta dai capelli candidi destinata a "partire" senza las

Jules Goud
I've already said it. But I'll say it again. Tommy and Tuppence are my favorite!

I found that "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" (will now be known as BTPOMT) was a little bit more muddled then some of Christie's other works. It seemed to me that there weren't any clear connections between what Tuppence and Tommy were learning and what they were investigating. It really wasn't until the solution was revealed when everything that we learned made sense. It seemed so simple to me that I can't believe th
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