N Or M Mass Market Paperback – Nov 3 2009
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Middle-aged Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, too old to fight and too young to knit, are dismayed to find out that the British government of World War II has little interest in their detecting and spy-catching abilities. Then, almost incidentally, they are asked to spot a traitor, believed to be living at a rural guesthouse. But the place is full of harmless eccentrics: elderly ladies, retired military men, a hypochondriac and his colorless wife, a young mother, and a German refugee. The Beresfords invent personalities and elaborate traps, identify the imposter, and prevent an invasion. The strengths of this Christie "cozy" are the exuberant charm, intelligence, and enthusiasms of the central characters. Middle-aged they may be, but inside Tommy and Tuppence are still the same young adventurers who chased criminals and spies in post-Great War London. James Warwick does a highly competent, nicely unobtrusive job of reading this title, which is likely to be popular with fans of golden age mysteries. Recommended for moderate to large public libraries. I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA
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'As ingenious as ever.' Guardian 'A nice surprise finish... all-round entertainment.' Observer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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It is later revealed that the desk job is a ruse and Tommy is needed for an undercover assignment. Tuppence is one step ahead as usual and arrives on the scene before Tommy. Together the two work to ferret out a spy ring on the English coast. As always with these two there are deceptions, kidnappings and last minute rescues before the triumphant conclusion.
It is nice to see what old friends have been up to in the intervening years and good to see that they haven't lost a step. Christie does an excellent job of capturing the atmosphere of the time, the tension as the war builds and the anxious waiting to hear news of loved ones in peril.
There are a couple of problems though for long time fans of this series. Judging from the publication dates of the earlier novels, 1922 and 1929, Tommy and Tuppence are in their early 40s and the twins are 11 years old during this one. Even going by the slighly different time frame listed in this novel the twins cannot be more than teenagers and Tommy would still be very young to be retired.
The plot is, as usual for Christie, clever and designed to keep the reader guessing until the end. The final chapter is, in keeping with the rest of the series, a nice, sentimental touch.
Although not being a big fan of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford I must admit that this story was quite special. This book is one of the few Agatha Christie wrote that have a historical background. It has certainly a nice atmosphere to it. First I was a bit put-off by the amazingly unrealistic espionage rubbish often seen in this kind of books, but discovered to my surprise that some -not all- subplots would not have been miscast in an average Poirot adventure. It was quite refreshing to see that Agatha had put this story in an almost realistic setting: the struggle against collaborators that tried to prepare a German attack on the coast of England.
Not the best of her works, but certainly very close.
husband and wife, agree to work for their government again
on a special assignment. They must try to avert a major
attack on England by Germany. In the course of their secret
investigation at a backwater vacation spot, they meet some
of the most unusual people and situations. You will
vicariously share their fears and frustrations as they
try to sort out the many clues. (Who was the mysterious
foreign woman who kept lurking about, who tried to kidnap
the very young daughter of a fellow lodger and was shot
by the child's mother? Was their landlady a spy? Or was
it one of their fellow lodgers? Is the old man who lives
on the waterfront telling the truth about seeing signal
lights across the water? Or is he just trying to get
attention?) The suspense mounts as the couple's cover
is unwittingly blown by a chance remark made by their
daughter (who is working for the military and has no idea
her parents are doing anything to help the war effort).
The ending is one of Christie's biggest surprises.
I bought this book hoping to find Poirot or Marple. Instead
I found a couple equally (or even more) interesting. They
soon seemed like old friends, and I hated to have the story
end (even though it was so fascinating that I could not put
it down.) This is a book you will never forget.
"N or M" is one of Agatha Christie's best books. This book is about a Couple trying to find one of Hitler's most dangerous agents , Code name "N" or "M", during the war before Germany mounts a surprise attack on England. The book gets more intense when the daughter of this couple is blown, and their true identity gets revealed to code name "N or M"
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I bought this book to christen my new Kindle with. I have previously read this book. It is an excellent Agatha Christie read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by cactus60palm
I really enjoyed the cd and listened to them when they first met and still have the CDs.ihave lots of her CDs I really enjoy them.thanksPublished on Dec 23 2013 by colin griffiths
Tommy and Tuppence are excellent in this book. After Poirot, they are my favourite. I never guessed the murderer, and it was exciting and interesting every minute. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 1999 by Bridget
I am rapidly running out of superlatives to describe this book and all other books written by this sensational author. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 1999
This was one of my first Agatha Christie novels, and I liked it so much, I read it again. I readily recommend this book. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 1999
How could anyone not love Tommy and Tuppence? They are so full of character, life, and vigor! N or M perfectly exemplifies the beloved characteristics of our dear sweet... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 1997