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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (April 9 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062074342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062074348
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #530,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Postern of Fate, published in 1973, was the last book ever written by the incomparable Agatha Christie. My vote for her worst book ever was Passenger to Frankfurt.Christie's health was in sharp decline when writing Postern of Fate and unfortunately it shows. The plot involves Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, now in their retirement, investigating a murder in retrospect. The story is very unfocused and many elements of the story just don't make sense. Considering all the great books she wrote over her career and the countless hours of pleasure she provided to readers all over the world for several generations, Christie can certainly be forgiven for a few clunkers later in the life. I's actually give her two stars for execution, three stars for effort
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By Xavier Lechard on April 21 2003
Format: Hardcover
Listen to this advice from an hardcore Christie fan: don't read this book. It's such a painful experience to see one of the greatest mystery writers ever getting into - I can't use another word - complete senility. The story (I can't call it a plot) goes nowhere. Characters are wooden, and some excerpts are merely ludicrous. If you really like Christie, be charitable and forget about that sad final opus. She wrote so many excellent things in her earlier years.
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Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, now retired, move into a house in Devonshire. In an old children's book left in the attic, Tuppence finds cryptic clues to a murder which took place in the village during the First World War. The girl who died was mixed up in an old scandal to do with the passing on of naval secrets. But was she innocent or guilty? Intrigued, Tommy and Tuppence investigate. Suddenly Tommy and Tuppence are in danger, though no one can guess from what source, nor why their raking up of the past should be so bitterly resented. What can it matter now?
This is the last book that Agatha Christie wrote, although not the last one to be published � it was followed by a few other, like Curtain, but they all date from before Postern. Unfortunately, Postern of Fate is one of, if not the, very worst books Christie wrote, and as such forms a sad ending to the enormously successful career of the Dame of Crime. The story never succeeds in catching the readers� attention. It goes on and on, without really making a point. And when the chaotic plot finally unfolds in the last twenty pages, you might as well go to sleep. Strangely the conclusion is even more tiresome.
The only reason to ever read this book is when you are like me and want to read every book written by Agatha Christie. But even then, be prepared to be utterly disappointed.
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By A Customer on July 10 2002
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This was her last book, and was probably dictated, which accounts for its rambling nature. It's a shaggy dog story without any clear resolution. However, it's as well written as her best, and full of good ideas. For example: that you can get at the truth by listening to old people and disentangling their stories. That bad ideas and organisations never die, they just change their shape, colour and name. Watch out, too, for the intertextuality - there are references to past stories of hers (the poisonous leaves that are planted next to the spinach). In the cellar of T&T's house is some old photographic equipment that's never mentioned again - was it left behind by the murderer from the story Philomel Cottage? The most Alice-in-Wonderland element, though, is the way Tommy and Tuppence have actually bought Agatha Christie's old home in Torqay, enabling her to revisit the house in her mind. Tuppence leafs through Agatha's best-loved children's books and finds in a greenhouse the child Agatha's old toys. She even gets to play in Agatha's old go-kart and wander round her garden. Check with Christie's autobiography if you don't believe me - in fact, READ her autobiography. Now!
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