"We've got far too much of everything."
But as for the mystery! Tuppence says the above of the story at one point and I'm afraid it's true. Dame Agatha must have realized. There's a gang that's been pulling off spectacular heists for years--the Irish Mail, etc.--that Tommy hears about in his professional aspect; there's some maniac who's killing children around Sutton Chancellor; and there's another serial killer doing in elderly women in nursing homes. Because this is Agatha Christie and not, say, Ed McBain or J. J. Marric (John Creasey) I suspected that all these cases would tie together and they do, but it is just a little too much of everything...
Oh, well, it was still amusing, and I would definitely read another Tommy and Tuppence story. In fact I picked up N or M? at the same charity sale as this one and as it's earlier I should probably have read it first, especially as this one refers to it (I think) on several occasions.
Just The Facts Challenge, Silver Era
Who: Professional is the Main Sleuth.
Tommy and Tuppence run a detective agency, though frankly there's not much sign of it in this one.
I've only read one Tommy and Tuppence mystery, but I liked enough to want to read the rest.ReplyDelete
I'll definitely be reading the others of this. Miss Marple I went out of my way to read--the Poirot stories I read as I get around to it.Delete
Which did you read?
The Secret Adversary...which I think might be the first one with them. :)Delete
That does seem to be the first. I'll have to keep an eye out.Delete
I remember reading this one as a 12 or 13 year old... I was utterly terrified!ReplyDelete
The cover totally creeps me out! But now, despite the serial killers, it's not actually all that creepy, I thought. The relationship between Tommy and Tuppence (and their manservant Albert) is kind of cute...Delete
I like this one, but it's not one of the best T&T stories. So you have much to look forward to! N or M is fun.ReplyDelete
Cool. Thanks! Now especially looking forward to N or M.Delete
i read them all at some point and quite liked them... long time ago, tho...ReplyDelete
I've got some catching up to do.Delete
I don’t think the origins of Tuppence’s nickname are ever explained. However, I’ve only read The Secret Adversary. I prefer Christie’s detective fiction with Poirot and Miss Marple over her thriller/spy fiction efforts and T&T tend to veer more towards thriller/spy territory. However, I do agree with you that the relationship between T&T is delightful.ReplyDelete
I'm ok with spy novels as a general rule (Long live Mrs. Pollifax!) though I do read more mysteries. But I'd definitely read another T&T before I read those remaining Poirots. (I don't think I have any remaining Miss Marples. Sigh.)Delete
I too am sad that she wrote fewer Marple novels, though I do also like Poirot.Delete