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Partners in Crime (Tommy and Tuppence Series #2)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  6,584 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Tommy and Tuppence Beresford were restless for adventure, so when they were asked to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency, they leapt at the chance. After their triumphant recovery of a pink pearl, intriguing cases kept on coming their way: a stabbing on Sunningdale golf course; cryptic messages in the personal columns of newspapers; and even a box of poisoned ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published 1958 by Fontana (first published 1929)
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Shannon
This may be an unpopular opinion, but Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are my favorite of Agatha Christie's detectives. Poirot is brilliant and much appreciated, but Tommy and Tuppence are charmingly brilliant and absolutely hilarious. I love these short stories, in which the Beresfords take over a detective agency and solve a series of crimes of varying severity. Throughout, they refer to their "shelf of masters", adapting the mannerisms and techniques of various literary detectives, to hilarious e ...more
Abbey
1929, #2 Tommy & Tuppence Beresford, Blunt's Detective Agency, London
Fifteen linked short stories, each originally published in magazines (1923-1928), and slightly rewritten to make the novel feel a bit tighter. Unfortunately, Christie was unsuccessful in that regard - it still feels like a bunch of short stories cobbled together. Not bad writing per se., but this is certainly not one of Christie's strongest books.

Tommy and Tuppence are running a detective agency under the benevolent eye of
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Peter
"This was fun and fast. Agatha Christie's husband and wife sleuth team, Tommy and Tuppance, is back solving crimes in the late 1920s. Now married six years, Tommy is assigned by the secret service to head a detective agency, with Tuppance's help, that is a known contact of a spy ring. While there, they take a dozen or so cases showing off their skills and having madcap mysterious adventures along the way.

The novel was reminiscent of ""The Big Four"", where an overarching frame allows a variety o
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Ryan G
Tommy and Tuppence have always reminded me of Nick and Nora Charles of The Thin Man movie series, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. Both couples have a wit and style that I find admirable and have a relationship that I am envious of. Now, Tommy and Tuppence are a little bit more restrained in their manner however which leads to a couple that I enjoy just as much as Nick and Nora but for different reasons. They play off each other brilliantly and make up for what the other lacks in such ...more
Esdaile
There are those who have a talent for the complete novel and those who have a talent for the short story and it is unusual that someone is very skilled at both. Agatha Christie's skill undoubtedly lies with the longer tale, where she can give her ingenuinity time to ripen and unfold and where the length of the narrative is such that the unlikelihood, the sheer weight of implausibility, is obscured in the telling. In "Partners in Crime", the unlikelihood, in fact the absurdity, of the stories com ...more
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
Sep 05, 2013 Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a taste for some good mystery and "fall-in-love" type characters.. :)
"So Tommy and Tuppence were married", she chanted, "and lived happily ever afterwards. And six years later they were still living together happily ever afterwards..."


Tommy and Tuppence, who were first introduced in the book "The Secret Adversary",are now happily married but Tuppence is restless and bored. She craves for some adventure.

"I wish.. something would happen"

As if her wish is granted, they are visited by Mr. Carter who works for some unnamed secret government agency and is their old fri
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Dentro de un  Libro
Tuppance y Tommy me gustaron muchísimo, me divertí mucho leyendo el libro, aunque en algunos casos las solución era bastante previsible.
Luciana Darce
Março foi meu mês de indicações de livros favoritos no Clube do Livro e entre os títulos da minha lista, o escolhido foi esse título da Agatha Christie.

Acho que já disse antes em algum lugar que houve uma época da minha vida em que eu praticamente só lia romances policiais e em especial, a Rainha do Crime. Eu devorava um livro atrás do outro e sonhava com Sherlock e Poirot e Dupin e o Padre Brown... gostava muito especialmente de uma coleção chamada Salve-se Quem Puder, livros interativos em que
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Maria
A vida de Tommy e Tuppence corre às mil maravilhas, mas Tuppence deseja impor-lhe mais acção. Aborrecida de estar sempre em casa, o normal para uma mulher naquele tempo, Tuppence nem hesita quando um velho amigo faz uma proposta ao casal: abrir uma agência de detectives a fim de camuflar uma investigação ainda maior.

É assim que abre a Agência de Geniais Detectives Blunt com a finalidade de ajudar os seus clientes a descobrir todo o género de crimes.


Tommy e Tuppence fazem uma dupla brilhante na d
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Donna
I used to go through intense phases of reading Agatha Christie when I was in high school. For a while, I read nothing but Poirot, then nothing but Miss Marple. For some reason, though, I could never get myself interested in reading any of Christie's books with one-shot detectives, or her other regulars, like Parker Pyne or Tommy and Tuppence.

I think that might just change now.

This collection of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford's first cases was a fun, twisty, and interesting read. I really enjoyed
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Jamie
I got the notion that this is not a single mystery story, but a series of mystery vignettes of about a chapter or two, written for people who love classic mysteries. I haven't read many classics in that genre, so I only got the Poirot reference. Tommy and Tuppence are charming, but I don't think this book was for me.

Though I want to say: Ok, I get that they weren't so much a legitimate detective agency so much as a Scotland Yard fronted fake agency set up to catch a Russian spy...but so long as
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Ibis3
A fun series of vignettes as Tommy and Tuppence return to the pages of Agatha Christie. Posing as private detectives (well, actually *a* private detective and his secretary--natch for the 1920s) in order to break up a Russian spy ring, T&T spend their time solving real cases. They make a game out of it by taking on the personas and methods of various fictional detectives, including Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, and even Hercule Poirot. The puzzles are light and quick though pretty unspectac ...more
Todd
Okay, so i really like the characters of Tommy and Tuppence, although i think this is not their best book. It is enjoyable and campy in a way, but i think my main problem with it was that it was a book of very small short stories thrown into a larger one.-but with really little relation to each other other than exploit. It is fun, and i don't mean to be hard on it, but i prefer the singular more drawn out mysteries rather than a chop shop novel.
The language and companionship are great as always,
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Beth
Nov 11, 2013 Beth rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beth by: ACBC
Not my favorite Agatha, and it took me a long time to get through it, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. I think this is the first Tommy & Tuppence I have read and I love their relationship - several times they made me laugh out loud.

I did love how Christie used other detective heroes from fiction to inspire her T&T to solve these cases - even Monsieur Poirot. Perhaps I would have enjoyed this story more had I been more familiar with these other detectives she employed. I was only famil
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Jules Goud
Tommy and Tuppence will always be my favourite detectives.

I just find they have more variety in their cases. Some of the cases that they take on in this novel are ones that I just can't see Miss Marple or Poirot being a part of. I also love the fact that they are a husband and wife duo. This gives Christie another dynamic to work with.

The cases in "Partners in Crime" are very different from the cases that we see Christie take on in her other novels. I found that they weren't as complicated as
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Timo Ivanov
Partners in Crime is the second of the Tommy and Tuppence Beresford novels by Agatha Christie. Set about five years after the first novel, Tuppence is bored of life. Enter the enigmatic Mr. Carter, the chief of British intelligence, who tells them that he's just closed down Blunt's Brilliant Detectives because it was a front for a Soviet spy operation. But he wants to keep it going because so many criminal organizations used the business as a front operation. Would they like to take it over for ...more
Suni
Avevamo lasciato Tommy e Tuppence vittoriosi e innamorati alla fine di "Avversario segreto" e li ritroviamo dopo circa sette anni in questa raccolta di racconti che somiglia molto a un romanzo, giacché le storie sono tutte legate sia cronologicamente che dal punto di vista della trama.
All'inizio scopriamo che Tommy è rimasto a lavorare nei Servizi Segreti, ma in ufficio, lontano dall'azione, mentre Tuppence non ha un incarico e si annoia.
Per fortuna un bel giorno arriva il Capo (Carter) con una
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Helen
This was my first introduction to Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence Beresford series. The characters sounded silly but I thought I would give the first chapter a try. I was immediately hooked by the couple's humorous conversation. Tuppence is terribly bored and wants to do something exciting. Lo and behold, they are asked to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency since there is a possibility of spy activity taking place through the organization. Tommy and Tuppence are to assume the ...more
Meli
Uno de los libros que más me gustó de Agatha :D
Me gusta mucho más cuando son varios casos en uno, tipo antología, que un solo caso largo. Probablemente sea porque soy muy ansiosa (cosa que no va muy bien con lo mucho que me gustan los libros de misterio y policiales jaja).
Aunque muchos de los casos me resultaron obvios, disfruté un montón de la lectura y amé a Tommy y Tuppence, su relación es muy tierna.
Ann
I adore Tommy and Tuppence!! They are the cutest partners in crime I've ever run across! The mysteries are mostly well thought out and fun, but even if they weren't Tommy and Tuppence would make up for it! The only reason this book didn't get 5 stars is simply because it's a collection of mysteries instead of one, so there isn't the character plot for Tommy and Tuppence that there is in the first book.
P.D. Workman
Who doesn't love Tommy and Tuppence?
Alberto
A couple of the stories are weak, but overall a good collection. And the spoofs of contemporary crime authors were well done and entertaining.

Note: Some editions (such as my Kindle edition) have 17 chapters, but there are really only 15 stories. Finessing the King and The Gentleman Dressed in Newspaper comprise a single short story broken up into two sections. Same with The Clergyman's Daughter and The Red House.

It will add immensely to your enjoyment (as it did to mine) if you understand that t
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Maria
An interesting approach to writing, this book is essentially a series of short stories or vignettes, loosely tied together by a common thread. It is brilliantly done as Tommy and Tuppence, now into the Roaring Twenties with plenty of cash on hand, move from one case to another in their roles of Mr. Blunt and Miss Robinson. The resolution of each case is understandably shortened by the format and a little too quick for my tastes, but I loved the pace of moving from mystery to mystery, especially ...more
Robin
Tommy and Tuppence are my favorites!!
Kike
Divertida y fresca, la pareja de Tommy y Tuppence Beresford, pareja de detectives improvisados de Agatha Chtistie son sumamente entrentenidos, y en este segundo tienen que resolver un sinfin de casos con ingenio y suerte, mientras fingen ser los propietarios de una agencia de de detectives.
La estructura del texto es refrescante y se siente moderno y ágil, saltándo de un caso a otro sin alargarlos pero al mismo tiempo con todos los ingredientes que han echo famosa a Christie en el ultimo siglo. L
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An Odd1
Secret Service Chief replaces agent Tommy for traitor Theodore Blunt, and bored wife Tuppence for secretary, as the duo work their way through cases using fictional detective styles of the 1920s, within an outlandish framework of Russian spies, codeword 16, kidnappers the couple outwit. Obviously the first disappearance is a frame-up to publicize their new business and stimulate an engagement for Happy-Ever-Afters. Humorous movies make more sense, diminishing outlandish international aspect http ...more
Divya
Synopsis:
Tommy and Tuppence -now married- are set up as a front in a detective agency, by Mr.Carter - their old friend in secret government services. They are to look out for anyone who comes and mentions certain code-words. In the meanwhile, they manage to solve many petty, and some not-so-petty cases.

Thoughts:
This is a collection of short-stories - linked together and building to a climax. It the second of the five Tommy and Tuppence books.
In each of the stories, Tommy and Tuppence do a tongu
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Gina
The dyanmic duo Tommy and Tuppence strike again in their fun adventures of running a detective agency, I enjoyed this book, as the stories within were varied and interesting - ranging from issues of national security to a missing pink pearl. I think Tuppence is marvellously energetic and enthusiastic and knows when to act on instinct, Tommy is much more calm in his approach although when Tuppence is in danger, he does break out of his slow and steady nature to get her back safe because after all ...more
Sammy
Christie’s second Tommy and Tuppence book (of five) is also the second-best. The characters shine as in their first outing, "The Secret Adversary", and their bubbliness – which was a bit off-putting in the trenches of "N or M?" – is used to maximum effect in these giddy little cases. All of the stories are enjoyable, and they were the basis for the 1980s TV series 'Partners in Crime', which I’ve never seen but reliable sources inform me wasn’t very good. (A pity, because the fanboy inside me wis ...more
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  • Postern of Fate
  • The House of Lurking Death: A Short Tory (Tommy & Tuppence)
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I do," said Tuppence.”
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