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Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
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Sep 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: crime

Considered generally to be a below par Christie full of errors over timing and personel - the last novel she wrote, but I find Tommy, and Tuppence in particular to be irresistible characters and their adventures are my favourites among the books. Tuppence has a vivid imagination (reminding me of Titty in Swallows and Amazons) and energy to match and won't let go until she's solved the puzzle. I particularly liked the idea that Christie set it in her own home, incorporating the toys and furniture she loved. The quoted fragment of poem by Flecker at the beginning sends an anticipatory shiver down the spine.

"Pass not beneath, O Caravan, or pass not singing. Have you heard
That silence where the birds are dead yet something pipeth like a bird?"


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