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Postern of Fate: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery Paperback – Apr 17 2012

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (April 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062074342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062074348
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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“What most impresses me about Agatha Christie (and what she doesn’t often get credit for), is her comprehension of the human heart.” (S. J. Rozan, Edgar Award-winning author)

“The Beresfords are wonderfully revived. Smooth, beautifully paced, and effortlessly convincing.” (New York Times)

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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." And sixty years after their first murder, Mary Jordan's enemies are still ready to kill. . . .

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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I can't believe all the negative reviews of this book! It had me hooked... Tommy and Tuppence have a really sweet relationship. I think Christie just wanted to end their history like she did with Miss Marple and Poirot, both whose last stories were much more involving. This one was about fascism and that angle really held my attention. T&T were always more into espionage than true murder mysteries. This one stayed true to their characters... And their dog Hannibal was a nice touch... Let's remember this was her final book, and to have such a complicated plot from a woman in her 80's is amazing... I never found it dull or confusing. It's mostly about the past and how governments still til this day continue to bury their secrets... The fat yellow man Robinson explains all this before it's over... Personally I thought the whole story was fascinating...
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By A Customer on July 4 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this final book of the Beresford series, Tommy and Tuppence move into a small town for their final years together, and happen upon a hidden message in a children's book: "Mary Jordan did not die naturally..." Intrigued, they each investigate the mystery from differing angles, finding that the actual mystery dates back decades to before World War II. Yes, the story has a few slow moments, but that's because we're investigating along with the Beresfords instead of appearing at the finale when all's revealed. Dame Agatha delivers a sharp, intellectual mystery, finally showing her fans the actual process of investigating. It might not become my favorite, but I disagree with previous reviewers who called it boring. I was intrigued by the methodologies used by Tommy and Tuppence in investigating this stale crime aeons after it happened.
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