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Postern of Fate: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery (Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries,… (original 1973; edition 2012)

by Agatha Christie (Author)

Series: Tommy and Tuppence (5)

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Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have just become the proud owners of an old house in an English village. Along with the property, they have inherited some worthless bric-a-brac, including a collection of antique books. While rustling through a copy of "The Black Arrow", Tuppence comes upon a series of apparently random underlinings. However, when she writes down the letters, they spell out a very disturbing message: Mary-Jordan-did-not-die-naturally.… (more)
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Title:Postern of Fate: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery (Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries, 5)
Authors:Agatha Christie (Author)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2012), Edition: Reissue, 336 pages
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Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie (1973)

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Patchy but fascinating. An admirable attempt. The mystery was interesting but the nesting of it needed work. I gather it was one of her final books and largely dictated. At the same time it was delightful to see T&T's progressing relationship. I thought it was delightfully realistic of an older couple's complacent, yet happy, familiarity with each other. For that---4 stars. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Totally different in that Tommy and Tuppence are trying to solve a mystery that is very old and then spoiler in the last 100 pages a more recent one. Lots of references to the other mysteries solved in other books from series which it helped that I had read them. Liked the beginning with references to ways of thinking and looking at things but then it was repeated to the point of boring. Even the behavior of their dog Hannibal could not help. Disappointing ending for the series. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
I read pretty much every Agatha Christie mystery I could find when I was young. I have come across a few now that I am older so looked forward to reading this one. I didn't remember it but I probably did read it before.

Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are retired, but they can't keep their curiosity down. In WWII they performed admirably as spy catchers, and they seem quite capable of continuing in that vein, however much they may protest.

So when the two move to a little village by the sea and find themselves trying to cope with an overload of books left behind by previous occupants, it is only natural that Tuppence will be intrigued by anything other than the parade of electricians and builders who have invaded their home. She takes down a children's book and finds letters underlined in it by a boy named Alexander. The first sentence she reads from these underlinings is "Mary Jordan did not die naturally.". Well.

Little by little the couple is drawn in by this sentence and by one or two other finds, and before you know it they are pursuing some lost articles that may be of importance even now, seventy years or so after Mary Jordan died.

It's a "cozy mystery". Christie pretty much invented the form, and nobody does it better. In fact, I won't read any other "cozys", just hers. Others get too cute while she explores the idiosyncrasies of her characters and makes them believable. I enjoyed getting caught up in the days of the vanishing upper middle class in England as well, the families with their steadfast servants and their amazing gardens. Thus I enjoyed this one all the way through. It was altogether too quick a read. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
A very late Christie book. If she hadn't become the Queen of Mystery by the time this was written I don't think the book could have been published. They obviously felt anything with her name on it would sell, which was probably true. Tedious retelling of details, no characters developed as the bad guys, no real case. I had apparently read this in 2015 but I hadn't commented on it and couldn't remember it, so the re-read. Blimey, it was awful. ( )
  mysterymax | Aug 10, 2020 |
This is another Tommy and Tuppance book. It was a good mystery, but less exciting the other Christie books. ( )
  DrApple | Aug 2, 2020 |
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Crepax, LucianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacono, CarloCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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"
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For Hannibal and his master
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"Books!" said Tuppence.
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Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have just become the proud owners of an old house in an English village. Along with the property, they have inherited some worthless bric-a-brac, including a collection of antique books. While rustling through a copy of "The Black Arrow", Tuppence comes upon a series of apparently random underlinings. However, when she writes down the letters, they spell out a very disturbing message: Mary-Jordan-did-not-die-naturally.

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