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Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie

Postern of Fate (1973)

by Agatha Christie

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I was hoping for the palate cleanser of Tommy and Tuppence and it was okay for a while and then the quartet of Passanger to Frankfurt reappeared and it all went horribly wrong and stopped making any sense.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
As a person who generally loves Agatha Christie's works, this was not my favourite book to read. The idea of the mystery was excellent, but it felt like a build up went a bit too long and generally went all over the place. The ending (I won't spoil it) was not worthy of how great the idea was and felt out of place. It's a decent bedtime read, but probably not a book I would read over and over again to enjoy in my spare time. The only great part of this book were the dialogue of Tommy and Tuppence. I enjoyed watching them banter back and forth, so if you love them as two people, not as two detectives, you'll at least enjoy that part of the book. ( )
  plainteapot | Feb 11, 2014 |
This was Christie's last novel, but it's also one of the most confusing of her novels. There's lots of talking, and when I say lots of talking, I mean that it could probably do with being about 100 pages shorter. The idea behind the mystery is intriguing, but so much time is spent getting to it and then lots of time wasted investigating the past that I found myself flicking forward to see how many pages I had left before it was all over. The most frustrating thing though is that the revelation about the mystery all happens in the last three chapters and yet none of the investigating beforehand seems to have built up towards said conclusion. The whole novel ends up being a mish-mash of random ideas, none of which really follow through and I found this somewhat disappointing. There were moments when the pace of the story picked up or the characters were particularly engaging, but overall it felt like you really had to work at reading this story to get anywhere. ( )
  Hanneri | Jan 30, 2014 |
I didn't expect to like the Tommy and Tuppence mysteries by Agatha Christie, but this one has me looking forward to more.

The two former detectives have decided to retire in their declining years to a large house in a country village. Things are not as tame as they seem, however. Tuppence discovers a code in a copy of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow. Her curiosity id piqued and she must find out who "Mary Jordon" is, who, according to a young boy who left the book behind, "did not die naturally."

It turns out that Tommy and Tuppence aren't the only ones who know something about the old house. Things get dangerous as the two begin to uncover a mystery that is over 60 years old. ( )
  Coffeehag | Jan 24, 2014 |
One of Christie's clumsiest works, even to the point of actual errors of continuity. A quick read but a weak introduction to the leads (Tommy and Tuppence) and a generally uninteresting book.

It *does*, however, raise some interesting questions for me about Christie's moralizing and shoring-up of the contemporary/20th century imperialist mentality in England at the time she was writing. It's a tempting thought to throw together a little study on her works that focuses on her often hawkish undertones. ( )
  50MinuteMermaid | Nov 14, 2013 |
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Four great gates has the city of Damascus...
Postern of Fate, the Desert Gate, Disaster's Cavern, Fort of Fear...
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?...
James Elroy Flecker
From "Gates of Damascus"
For Hannibal and his master
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"Books!" said Tuppence.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451200535, Mass Market Paperback)

In this ingenious puzzler-the last novel Agatha Christie ever wrote-Tommy and Tuppence Beresford discover a clue to a killer's identity within the pages of a children's storybook.

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Tommy and Tuppence buy a home and find they have acquired a mystery which includes an unsolved murder.

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