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N or M?

(Tommy & Tuppence #3)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  15,491 ratings  ·  848 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

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Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published February 10th 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1941)
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Rizwan
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
পড়ার পরায় পুরো সময়টা বেশ উপভোগযতার সাথে মনোযোগ ধরে রাখতে পারলেও বলতেই হচছে শেষাবধি মন ভরাতে পারল না । আগাথা করিসটির টিপিকযাল সুলেখনিতে বইয়ের শুরু থেকেই গতিময়তা ছিল, জমজমাট রহসযের ঘনঘটা ছিল, পাশাপাশি আমার পড়া তাঁর পরায় সব বইয়ের মতো কেনদরীয় রহসযটা খুনের না হয়ে গুপতচর-শিকার আর সপাই বনাম সপাইয়ের বুদধির খেলা হওয়ায় ঘটনার পরযায়করমে অভিনবতবও পেয়েছি... কিনতু আর সবকষেতরে যেমন গলপের কলাইমেকসে গিয়ে করিসটি তাঁর নিখুঁত বোনা সূকষণ রহসযের জাল সুনিপূণ হাতে ধাপে ধাপে পাঠকের সামনে উনমোচন করেন একের পর এক দুরদানত বি ...more
Helle
As light reading between more demanding literary works, Agatha Christie never fails. Although Tommy and Tuppence were always my least favourite sleuths of Agatha Christie’s, the detective formula largely follows the same formulas as in the Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple stories.

This one has a bit of Fawlty Towers about it. It’s on the eve of World War II, and T & T go sleuthing in a sleepy seaside boarding house. There they meet the usual suspects: a retired major, a strange foreign woman, a
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Ken
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly enjoyable spy thriller set during the outbreak of World War Two, the now middle-aged Tommy and Tuppence are soon thrust into action.

I much prefer Christie’s puzzle box mysteries, but there’s something about the Beresford’s that instantly appeal.
I like how they have aged to reflect the 1940’s setting.
My favourite of Christie’s thrillers.
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
To be honest, this book didn't feel so good at the very beginning. But, as the things went ahead, I kept on guessing. Even with obvious fact my belief dangled, and I couldn't be sure of the decisions I made about the antagonist. And by the end I truly loved this story. Its everything you want from a Christie story. There is misdirection, suspense and proper explanation of the facts.

Normally I try to be critical about mystery novels, but I have absolutely no complain about this one. So, a full ra
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ArZo
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
সেই রাজা সলোমানের সময় থেকে আজ পরযনত মায়ের ভালোবাসার কোন পরিবরতন হয়নি। সেদিন রাজা সলোমান যখন দুই মহিলার মধযে দাবীকৃত সনতানকে তরোবারির আঘাতে কেটে ভাগ করে দিতে চেয়েছিলো, হার মেনেছিলো আসল মা। কেঁদে বলেছিলো আমার সনতান চাই না। তাঁকে দিয়ে দিন। সেই তাঁর পরকৃত মা।
আজ কয়েক হাজার বছর পরে মায়ের সেই ভালোবাসা আছে অবিকৃত আর থাকবেও চিরনতন। একজন মা কোন অবসথাতে তাঁর সনতানের জীবনের ঝুঁকি নিতে পারেন না। আর এই চিরনতন সতযকে অনুধাবন করে সমাধান হয় লেখক সমরাজঞী অগাথা করিসটির এন অর এম তথা গুপতচর বইটির রহসয।

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Wanda
***2018 Summer of Spies***

A fast, fun expedition into espionage! I liked the fact that Christie allowed her main characters to age and change a bit. As is true for most of us, they retained their basic characteristics which turned them into spy hunters to begin with, but they are dealing with details that afflict us all as we age. Younger folk (including the Beresford children) no longer see our relevance and no one wants the skills that we have on offer—just ask anyone who is over 40 and unem
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Vikas Singh
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel sees the detective duo of Tommy and Tuppence in the midst of World War-2. N and M are the initials given to two of Hitler's agents whom Tommy and Tuppence hunt for. A character in the novel Major Bletchley is a former Indian army officer who claims to know the secrets of Britain's wartime efforts. During World War-2, the code breakers at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire under Dilly Knox had broken German Enigma machine cyphers giving British military to Germany’s secret plans. Knox w ...more
Qt
Dec 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of mystery and intrigue!
Shelves: mystery-intrigue
Charming and engrossing novel, with many twists and turns.
Moonlight Reader
That plot summary doesn't even bear a passing resemblance to this book. Whoever wrote it should be fired. Also, the cover of my edition is insane - I get the shoelace, the hammer and the note wound around the rock, but the vaguely racist imagine of a Native American in full headdress holding a shot gun? I can literally remember NO references to either of those.

The book itself wasn't Christie's worst, but it was far from her best. I mean, it wasn't a Passenger to Frankfurt/The Big Four level di
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Hirdesh
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lib
Review to come.
Andrea Cox
This fantastic mystery kept me guessing till the very end. I never did figure out one of the suspects before the big reveal. The narrator, James Warwick, did a marvelous job, doing various voices and accents -- including a toddler's murmurings and another character's stammering -- which, I suppose, shouldn't come as a surprise since he's a television and movie actor (often working on Agatha Christie stories, by the way). The leads, Tommy and Tuppence, were funny, clever, and very entertaining. I ...more
فهد الراشد
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
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Nadin Adel
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
لم تعجبني كثيرا وأخذت مني وقتا طويلا بين دفتيها، انتباني كثيرا من الملل آنذاك
LydiaMae
"The female of the species are deadlier than the male..."

4.5 stars

This was such a heartpounding, thrilling, World War 2, spy who-dun-it! I was constantly on the edge of my seat the whole time and read this in just over a day!
Probably not the best Tommy and Tuppence book to start with though, as I was, because they're imitating another personality and it's hard (at first) to determine which personality is actually theirs. But Tuppence is amazing. She's such a strong female heroine, and though To
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نرمين الشامي
رواية ممتعة والبطلان تومي وتوبنس مرحان ولهما حس دعابة جميل
الرواية عبارة عن بطلان يفتتحان مكتبا للتحري بهدف القبض على بعض الجواسيس
وخلال ذلك يحلان القضايا التي تتقدم اليهما وفي كل قضية يتقمصا شخصيات ابطال روايات بوليسية شهيرة
واضحكتني جدا شخصية البرت
Santhi
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the meandering speculations, somewhat predictable suspect... T&T ''s signature style remains the biggest pull
Mayada Boucif
أحدَاث القصّة رائعة و مُشوقة لكنّ الترجمة سيئَة !
Callum McLaughlin
Another excellent Christie read. First and foremost, this one reaffirmed my love for Tuppence; she really is a fantastic character. It's great that Christie has allowed us to see the progression of her and Tommy over time; the duo having grown from ambitious youngsters to middle-aged retirees with their own grown-up children. This in turn allowed for a great thread throughout this book about society being dismissive of people and their worth as they age.

The plot itself was as intricate and deftl
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Claire
A rather, but amusing novel about Tommy and Tupence during wartime. While trying to find the spies, They have lots of adventures. Enjoyable book, a real cozy mystery.
محمد  جبر
لا بأس بها .. تكون أقوى في مضمارها جريمة وتحليل الجريمة .. والرائع بوارو
Anna
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: T&T series
If I am remembering correctly, Tommy and Tuppence are the only major characters in Christie's works who age through their series ...

This story begins with a similar scene to the previous book, "Partners in Crime".
It's about 20 years later and the war is in full swing. With a nod to the opening of the previous book, Tommy and Tuppence are lamenting that they are not contributing to the effort -- except for Tuppence's knitting -- because they are considered too old for the action and even their fo
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Mary
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery
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
BrokenTune
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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:
http://brokentune.booklikes.com/post/...-
Joudy
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I sat down and read N or M ?,After a while I got bored
What actually happened?
My motivation to keep reading gradually disappear,
Is this because I'm partial to hercule poirot and miss marple??

Nothing to say more really
Hanna-col
Oh, Tommy and Tuppence I do love you two! And reading about your WWII adventures was just as fun and exciting as reading about your adventures during the 1920s.
Amy
Such fun! Spies, espionage, and patriotism! I loved Tommy and Tuppence and their relationship. I can't wait to read more about them!
Jeanette
As much as I love Tommy and Tuppence, the plot or mystery in this one was rather too easy to unravel. I figured out who the German Spy ensconced at the hotel was early on and was a bit disapointed it took Tommy and Tuppence so long to catch on. But it was still fun to go on another jaunt with T & T.
Where this book really shines for me is that it was published in 1940 and really gives the modern reader a little peak into the prejudices, thoughts and predictions about the war in its early day
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Teri-K
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book which gives us Tommy and Tuppence in their 40's during WWII. Of course they want to help their country but it seems people of their age aren't needed. How they get involved with 5th columnist (spies working inside England) makes a quick, fun tale. It's unlikely the reader will figure out all of the twists and turns in this story, bu even when I remembered who did what and why I still thought the story held up well. Their kids are unnecessarily dismissive of our pair, b ...more
Bookworm
All of Tommy and Tuppence mysteries are above all the rest; this one was, perhaps, a little more tragic, but with a pleasing ending-and the only thing that I really didn't like, was how their children were so uninterested in their parent's Great War stories, and thought they were past doing anything!
Laurel Hicks
Manchester, immigrants, and spies.
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Tommy & Tuppence (5 books)
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  • Partners in Crime (Tommy and Tuppence #2)
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