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Partners in Crime (The Christie Collection) Paperback – 8 Jan 1996


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (8 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006171168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006171164
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1.5 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,227,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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'Required reading.' Books 'Distinctly worthwhile.' New York Times 'Sherlock Holmes, John Thorndyke, Father Brown and even Poirot are amiably parodied, and once or twice the solution as well as the dialogue is deliberately facetious.' Times Literary Supplement

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PARTNERS IN CRIME

Tommy and Tuppence Beresford were restless for adventure, so when they were asked to take over Blunt’s International Detective Agency, they leapt at the chance.

After their triumphant recovery of a pink pearl, intriguing cases kept on coming their way: a stabbing on Sunningdale golf course; cryptic messages in the personal columns of the newspapers; and even a box of poisoned chocolates.

'Agatha Christie' was born in Torquay 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 79 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is attribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.

A DELICIOUS PARODY OF A DOZEN FICTIONAL SLEUTHS, FROM SHERLOCK HOLMES TO CHRISTIE’S OWN HERCULE POIROT.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shouna Falconer on 31 Oct 2010
Format: Paperback
This isn't the best of the Tommy and Tuppence books, but in my opinion the negative review is too harsh, especially as it savages the characters, who I think are Agatha Christie's best creation. If you want to be completist, this book is worth reading to have the full set, but anyone who hasn't yet met T and T should probably read all the others first. I don't think this book deserves the 5 star reviews any more than the dreadful negative review, but it's the weakest of the 5. It's entertaining enough, but just poor by comparison.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anna Heelas on 21 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
'This delightfully witty book will come as a pleasant suprise to all admirers of these ingenious detective thrillers for which Agatha Christie is famous. It tells the story of the amazing adventures of two amateur detectives - Tommy, a remarkable young man of thirty two, and his equally remarkable wife, Tuppence - who follow the methods of famous detective heroes, such as Sherlock Holmes, Inspector French, Roger Sheringham, Bulldog Drummond, Father Brown and even Monsiuer Poirot himself. Problem after problem comes before them for solution, and the account of their endeavours to live up to their slogan "Blunt's Brilliant Detectives! Any case solved in twenty four hours!" Makes delicious reading.'

The above paragraph came from the back cover of my copy of Partners in Crime. I have repeated it here because firstly, I don't think that amazon have written the whole of it under the book description, and secondly because I think it gives a really good account of what is to be found in this book. Partners in Crime is not typical of other Christie works in my opinion because it isn't a nail biting thriller with a complicated plot. It is a series of short stories and although they are based on mysteries to solve, they rely heavily on humour. The characters play around with the serious subject of crime as if it were a game. They adopt accents, mannerisms and props of a famous detective or duo everytime they are given a case, even to the point of silliness. There isn't a thick plot to dig your teeth into, or detailed characters to disect, although the mysteries certainly show Christie's clever streak within them.

I really like this book, because I find it funny, light and interesting, but it wasn't what I was expecting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hugh on 30 Sep 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm not as devoted to the Tommy and Tuppence series as Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple, but this is an entertaioning read. Christie is an absolute classic, although some of the statements uttered by characters are, if I'm being kind, rather dated. Well worth owning, reading and cherishing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KC on 16 Oct 2013
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Best fun and crime solving from the partners in crime! The queen of crime writting does not dissapoint with this collection of short stories.
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an entertaining romp through several juiicy mysteries with an overall storyline keeping you going from one to the other.

Tommy and Tuppence keep parodying different detectives from literature (some I've not come across before) and that adds to the light-heartedness of this book.

I can imagine Agatha Christie having a lot fun writing this book!
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My first Tommy and Tuppence book - have since read all the others (what does that say about me and this?)
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I came to realize that these characters existed in their own right a short while ago, so felt compelled to read their stories. This is much better than the way the characters have been incorporated into stories with other Christie characters in recent TV adaptations. This book is a collection of short stories. I am now reading the next in the series (N or M) , which is a full length novel.
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First, let me say I am a huge fan of many of Agatha Christie's books. I found however that this particular offering was extremely dated, very childish and overall not creditable. I like to re-listen my audio books many times, but I wont bother to listen to this again. I appreciate that this was written many years ago, but so were the Miss Marple and Poirot books, which do offer continual enjoyment, for me anyway. I found myself itching to give both Tommy and Tuppence a good slap in the face, and tell them to grow up!
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