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Preview — By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
By the Pricking of My Thumbs (Tommy and Tuppence Series #4)
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 ...more
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 ...more
There is a part of us that wants to understand Mrs. Lancaster's question, "Was it your child?" Though completely out of context and foreboding as well, Tuppence tries to logically ...more
I'll take some of the blame for not understanding the plot, as I did fall ...more
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 ...more
GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK:
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Tommy and Tuppence are in the twilight of their life, enjoying a leisurely pace of life. They realize they haven’t visited their Aunt Ada in a while. S ...more
I really enjoyed it and consider it excellent. I've read criticisms about the repetitiveness of information in dialogues and the un-focus style of the narrative. While I can see some validity in these points, I like to think about them as qualities in AC writing from the 60's and on that help to give the narrat ...more
Foi, portanto, nessa cidade que descobri a minha paixão por Agatha Christie - e, invariavelmente, por Tommy e Tuppence Beresford.
When Tommy's aged Aunt Ada dies in a home for elderly ladies, her belongings are di ...more
Generally, I don't read books by the same author back-to-back, but the last one was so enjoyable, and this is the last in a large collection I've been working on for a few years. Without my realizing it, this one wa ...more
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 ...more
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...more
This is half-hearted piffle, splodged together and peppered with the odd bit of reactionary nonsense directed at the modern world of 1968.
The story starts of very simply, with a visit to an old age home where Tommy's Aunt is staying, but snatches of conversation with an inmate takes an exciting and chilling turn when Tuppence decides to explore a disappearance.
Taking the readers for a verdant ride across the English countryside, the author brings in a couple of interesting characters - everybody has something to hide. And then comes THE twist, one of the best that I have ever read.
The plot was kind of muddled and confused - and wildly improbable at times, particularly when the crimes began to be revealed. The whole book felt more like a character study, particularly of Tuppence. I think I might quite like Tuppence if I met her in real life but I'm afraid in the bo ...more
Christie always draws dithering characters acc ...more
By the Pricking of my Thumbs stars Tuppence and Tommy Beresford, an older couple who’ve been solving mysteries and having adventures in Christie’s previous books. In this particular Tale, Tuppence is attracted ...more
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 ...more