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
I'll take some of the blame for not understanding the plot, as I did fall ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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
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
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).
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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 ...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
"By the pricking of my thumbs...... Something wicked this way comes"
Well now that's odd, because the book does not have Miss Marple in it, but the movie does...... Sigh.
Tommy & Tuppence are a modern couple who have grown older and are retired..... Tommy worked for the spy network" and Tuppence would always insert herself into his business (nosy Parker).
In this story they are off to visit Tommy's acerbic Aunt Ada who is staying in a home for elderly women.... Aunt Ada can not stand Tuppence s ...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
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 wanted to like this book. Although it's a reread for me, I didn't remember much about it. Vaguely about the house Tuppence saw from the train & trying to find it without Tommy. I guess that's why I really didn't like it much. Tuppence goes off b ...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
That said it was really quite good, and I ...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