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N or M? (Tommy and Tuppence Series #3)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  9,628 ratings  ·  376 reviews
It is World War II, and while the RAF struggles to keep the Luftwaffe at bay, Britain faces an even more sinister threat from "the enemy within"—Nazis posing as ordinary citizens.

With pressure mounting, the intelligence service appoints two unlikely spies, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. Their mission: to seek out a man and a woman from among the colorful guests at Sans Souc
ebook, 256 pages
Published February 10th 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1941)
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Jan 02, 2008 Qt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of mystery and intrigue!
Shelves: mystery-intrigue
I found this to be an utterly charming and engrossing novel, with many twists and turns; I managed to guess part of the mystery, but was still taken by surprise several times by the end. Tommy and Tuppence are delightful characters, and it was so interesting and thought-provoking, trying to decide which of the commonplace inhabitants of the boarding house were really evil spies. The writing style, too, was charming and light-hearted, although that did not detract from the dramatic parts of the b ...more
Fahad Alrashed
كانت هذه أول رواية بوليسية أقرأها، وقد أعطاني إياها صديق عزيز علي جداً، توقعت أن تعجبني ولكنها كانت أكثر من ذلك.
إنها رواية تعتمد على التجسس وهذا الصنف الذي أحبه، كما أن شخصيات الرواية الرئيسية " تومي و توبينس " شخصيات أكثر من رائعة، كل شيء كان واضحً في هذه الرواية: الأحداث والشخصيات والنهاية لذلك أراها تستحق أعلى تقييم.
وأنصح أي شخص يحب الروايات البوليسية بها ولا أظنه سيندم إطلاقاً.
أما الذين لا يحبون الروايات البوليسية فلا أعدهم بالكثير، ولكني واثق برأي محبي الروايات البوليسية فأنا وهم من الصنف ن
Really enjoyed this book by the prolific and entertaining Agatha Christie. This book N or M? is a fun ride even with it being set in 1940 England, WWII. The main characters are spies Tommy and Tuppence (husband and wife) sent to the coast to find and capture the male (N) and (M) female spies that were the leaders of the Fifth Column-German infiltrators-some sent years before the war, carefully placed to do the most damage when German invasion began. Many were politicians, police, military, intel ...more
Hayley Tolan
The author’s purpose in writing this book was to entertain readers. The author did this by writing a mystery. The author also provided information about the Fifth Column which was a group of German spies that had infiltrated all of Europe during WWII.
The theme of the story was that even middle-aged detectives can be as sharp as young detectives. The two protagonists had a hard time finding work during the war because they were considered too old to be of any use. However, they were brought in
، لا يسعني الا ان أبدي اعجابي الشديد بمسز برسفورد ، تلك المرأة الذكية والعنيدة ، أحببت شجاعتها الهادئة وسكونها المتّقد ! ربما شعرت ولوهلة ان الشخصية الاساسية في العميل السري تدور حول تومي (برسفورد) ولكنني تداركت خطأ تعجّلي لأعتقد بأن الرواية تبرزهما على نحو مكانة واحدة ، ولكن وبعد حين ، شعرت ولا أدري ان كان شعوري مصيبا ، ان العميل السري هو توبنس (مسز برسفورد) خاب ظني فيّ عندما قللت من شأنها وخيّل لي أنها وقعت في فخ الشاب الاسمر زميل ديبورا ولكن المفاجأة كانت عظيمة بحق ، حينها ادركت ، ما كان علي ...more

WW II, Tommy & Tuppence are older & retired.... bored at home, wanting something to work on when a mystery from the home office turns up..... The man in charge wants to exclude Tuppence, so she "conveniently leaves" to visit a friend who has just rang-her-up. In her absence Tommy is asked to help decipher a cryptic message that a dying agent passed on to them...... "N or M... Sans Souci". Upon discussion it is surmised that there is a German agent; either the infamous N or M in San Souci
The next installment in my quest to re-visit Dame Agatha's works: N or M? follows the adventures of Tommy and Tuppence during the war.

Full review posted at BookLikes:
Asma Abusalem
.......في المخابرات المرأة احسن من الرجل

احيانا يجب ان نتصنع الغباء
Maria João Fernandes
"O Patriotismo não basta. Não devo abrigar ódio no meu coração."

Até hoje só tinha lido algumas histórias soltas de Agatha Christie e um par de aventuras do seu famoso detetive Hercule Poirot. Na verdade, com exceção do livro "Noite sem Fim", ao qual fiquei totalmente rendida, nenhum dos outros me convenceu a dar lugar de destaque à autora, no meu pequeno grupo de escritores favoritos. Porém, apesar de Poirot ser a sua personagem mais conhecida e estimada pelos leitores, existem outras que, até e
Raymond Bial

The Tommy and Tuppence books are an intriguing series about a witty, charming, and confident couple, who become amateur sleuths. The series follows their career over several decades—from the youth, family life, and old age. Wonderful characters, clever dialogue, and intricate plots.
Catherine Ryan
Probably my favourite Tommy and Tuppence book, set during world war two. I really liked the story, and the way the culprit (or culprits) were discovered. Great characters
A charming and thoroughly fun romp. Tommy and Tuppence are physically middle-aged, but they are still as irrepressible and adventurous as ever. N or M? is like one of those traditional spy movies, with plenty of suspense, danger, and more than a few surprises along the way.

Tommy and Tuppence's antics are hilarious and absolutely delightful, and although their actual progress in catching N or M is more interesting and much stronger than the actual resolution, which I found was comparatively weak
Mike Gabor
Tommy 46 and wife Tuppence follow dead agent's last words to Sans Souci seaside guest house for male N, female M, Hitler's most trusted to lead Fifth Column. Could they be part-Spanish landlady Mrs Perenna, sulky daughter Sheila, refugee von Deinem, mustached Mrs O'Rourke, bluff Major Bletchley, elderly Miss Minton, invalid Cayley or attentive wife Elisabeth? Surely not Mrs Sprot with lisping toddler Betty?

A typically wonderful book by Christie. Light hearted and lyrical. Tommy and Tuppence are
Vikas Datta
Quite a thriller insofar as it picks up the uncertain, ominous atmosphere of the early days of WWII and the threat of sabotage and subversion, and in true Agatha Christie style, slowly ratchets up the tension to a neat finale... The Beresfords are as delightful and engaging as always...
Shelby Lee
Tommy and Tuppence Beresford don't feature in too many of Christie's novels (I think it's four books and some short stories), but personally I think they're some of her most likable detectives. This is also not their first appearance, in this book they're middle aged with children, but I still find them as youthful and full of sass and strength and smarts as the first book I found them in.

Once again, this is more of a suspense/spy thriller than a true mystery novel. I do like it perhaps a little
Jules Goud
Tommy and Tuppence will always be my favourite detectives.

In "N or M?", they are in charge of trying to find the German spies to prevent them from winning the war.

First off, I loved the fact that we got to see a little bit of their children in the novel. It was really cool to see what they'd had been doing in the time between "Partners in Crime" and "N or M?". Albert comes back to help as well! I loved the fact that Christie told us what was going on in their lives.

Second, I can't believe I did
Pete F
I have read this spy novel several times over the years, and still enjoy it each time I re-read it. It is perfect holiday reading, especially if one is staying in a seaside guest house!

This is one of Agatha Christie's lesser known novels, as it features Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, rather than Poirot or Miss Marple. The first time we encounter these two bright young things, it was at the end of the First World War, and they become two young adventurers, seeking a master criminal known as Mr Bro
Chrysa Chouliara
An enjoyable book at times, but really boring towards the end.
I missed this one years ago when I first read the Tommy and Tuppence series, so I enjoyed it immensely. The mystery was interesting, although I asked myself early on who Ms. Christie, as a writer, would find it easiest to make the bad guys while making it hard for the reader to guess who they were. I came up with two characters right away, and they turned out to be the right ones, much to my surprise. Perhaps I should approach mysteries from the writer's point of view rather than the reader's fr ...more

Nella primavera del 1940, mentre nel continente le armate alleate stanno subendo duri colpi da parte dell'esercito nazista, l'Inghilterra si prepara alla resistenza. Tra i volontari richiamati in servizio c'è anche Tommy Beresford, l'ex "giovane avventuriero". Anche se sono passati più di vent'anni dalla sua ultima missione, all'ex agente segreto viene affidato un incarico di straordinaria importanza: scoprire chi si cela sotto le misteriose sigle N e M, nomi in codice dei capi della quinta colo

Ann Keller
Delightful mystery by Agatha Christie. This novel is set in Scotland toward the end of World War II. Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are upset because British Intelligence doesn't seem to have a need for them, but matters soon change when Tommy is sent to Sans Souci, a quiet little boarding house on the Scottish coast.

The boarding house contains retired Army men, a mother and her young daughter, several elderly women who would rather spend their days gossiping and playing card games - and a spy or
A Tommy and Tuppence mystery - and that rates it an extra star. This would be a three-star Christie spy-thriller if not for the charm that the Beresford's lend to their stories. Unlike her other detectives who age much more nebulously, the Bereford's have definitely grown older since their previous adventures, referring to their younger selves and to their grown children as markers in the passage of time. Some believe that she did not want to make the same mistake with T & T as she did with ...more
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Book # 3 in the Tommy and Tuppence series has our couple bemoaning the fact that they’ve been basically put out to pasture. They recall how very successful they were in ferreting out spies during the Great War (i.e. WW I), and bemoan the fact that their government seems not to want to use them this time around. Ah, but there is a small job that Tommy might help with. There is no role for Tuppence, but you can’t expect her to take THAT lying down!

Tommy and Tupp
عجبتني جداً ^_^
فيها كذا حاجة شدتني أوي بخلآف مضمون الرواية نفسها و أحداثها الرائعة :
1- شدة العلاقة اللي بين "تومي" و زوجتة مسز "بروسفورد" ؛ إن كل حاجة بيشاركوها مع بعض
حتي شغلهُم.
2-الإختلآف و التشابكـ الواضح جداً فِ الأحداث .
3- شخصيات كتييير .
4- بتتغير إحساسك كذا مرة ع مدار الأحداث بين( التشويق- فرح - زعل) .
5- النهايـــة حِلوة جداًاًاً.
رائعة كعادة اجاثا كريستي ..
Nov 29, 2013 ☯Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christie fans
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Matteo Pellegrini

Nella primavera del 1940, mentre nel continente le armate alleate stanno subendo duri colpi da parte dell'esercito nazista, l'Inghilterra si prepara alla resistenza. Tra i volontari richiamati in servizio c'è anche Tommy Beresford, l'ex "giovane avventuriero". Anche se sono passati più di vent'anni dalla sua ultima missione, all'ex agente segreto viene affidato un incarico di straordinaria importanza: scoprire chi si cela sotto le misteriose sigle N e M, nomi in codice dei capi della quinta col

Carolyn F.
I listened to about 3/4 of the book and then read the rest.

I may have read this book previously because I was reading it, I kept thinking I've read this before, then maybe not, then back to yes I have. Anyway, it's a fun read - love Tommy and Tuppence. Tony threw me for a loop with all of his marvelous comments.
Fun war-time adventure pits Tommy and Tuppence against a group of Fifth Columnists. When I was younger, I loved the fun and adventure of the Beresfords, but as I get older and reread them, I really love their relationship. They still have fun together after years of marriage. Their marriage is a partnership, and I like that.
N or M? is an interesting slice of history. It was written in 1941 as the Nazis were invading France and bombing parts of Britain. Those harrowing events are not only the backdrop for this book, but integral to its plot. Christie does a good job of capturing the tension, suspicion and bravery Britons held during this trying time. Readers of this book today know how events would play out, but at the time it was written the author (and her characters) did not, adding a very unique "time capsule" f ...more
I have decided that this must be my first Tommy and Tuppence novel and I must be familiar with them from the 1980's series starring Francesca Annis and James Warwick. I really enjoyed this small number of episodes and the personas of Annis and Warwick accurately depict the book versions, with the exception that Tommy is described as ugly at one point in the book.

I loved the easy reading style of Agatha Christie and it feels a bit like coming home to read a novel of hers after a very long time.
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