Previously published in the print anthology Partners in Crime
Tommy and Tuppence Beresford wait anxiously for a letter from Russia that may contain information of international importance hidden beneath the stamp. The letter is anticipated by more than just the Beresfords, and they must fight to keep the information from getting into the wrong hands.
ebook, 100 pages
May 8th 2012
by William Morrow Paperbacks
(first published April 1st 2012)
Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are awaiting a letter from Russia, that they have told may contain some information of international importance, hidden away under the stamp. However, when the letter arrives it seems that more than one party is awaiting it, and it is up to Tommy and Tuppence to make sure it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
This is a short story that is now available as a stand alone short story, and readers can also find it in the anthology called “Partners in Crime”. First publisheTommy and Tuppence Beresford are awaiting a letter from Russia, that they have told may contain some information of international importance, hidden away under the stamp. However, when the letter arrives it seems that more than one party is awaiting it, and it is up to Tommy and Tuppence to make sure it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
This is a short story that is now available as a stand alone short story, and readers can also find it in the anthology called “Partners in Crime”. First published in 1924 it demonstrates how well Agatha Christie wrote about international mystery and intrigue. She manages to write a international mystery plot just as brilliantly as she writes a murder mystery in a sleepy english village.
At just 30 minutes this audio was short and sweet. Within those 30 minutes Agatha Christie has set up the scene and takes the reader on a interesting journey, as Tommy and Tuppence try and keep the letter from getting into the wrong hands.
As with most of the short stories there is no murder involved, but it is a good mystery. I haven’t read too many Tommy and Tuppence mysteries, but they are such a likable duo and I’m looking forward to reading more of their short stories....more
A very short story that didn't have a lot going on. The most interesting aspect is the multiple mentions of Bulldog Drummond, a competitor book series to Agatha Christie's. The characters in this one mention to the bad guys that they need to keep up with modern culture, including Bulldog Drummond. This is sort of like Macy's Santa recommending shopping at Gimbels!
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 tAgatha 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 Commander o...more