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Agatha Christie , Hugh Fraser
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1 Jan 2007

The final Tommy & Tuppence novel.

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:
M a r y – J o r d a n – d i d – n o t – d i e – n a t u r a l l y…

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  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (1 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007212569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007212569
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,062 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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‘The Beresfords are wonderfully revived. Smooth, beautifully paced, and effortlessly convincing.’ New York Times

‘Past and present interlock impressively… this is a genuine tour de force.’ Observer

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When Tommy and Tuppence Beresford move to a quiet English village, they were looking forward to a peaceful retirement. But, as they soon discovered, their rambling old house held both secrets and dangers. Who was Mary Jordan? Why had someone left a coded message in an old book saying that she 'did not die naturally'? And what was the significance of 'Oxford' and 'Cambridge'? Once more, ingenuity and insight are called for as the pair, along with Hannibal the dog, are drawn into old mysteries and new dangers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 29 Jun 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The only reason I kept reading this book after the few initial chapters was that its written by Agatha Christie. I have always enjoyed her mysteries but this one was extremely boring and repetitive, wasn't much of a mystery anyway. I love the way Agatha Christie shapes her characters in other books but if one wants to keep admiring her genius, avoid Postern Of Fate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What Just Happened? 23 Jun 2007
As a die hard Christie fan, and loving the previous four T&T books, I felt I had to slog through and finish this one, and although the whodunnit is answered after a fashion, I still don't know whydunnit. Christie wrote this one as an aged writer and it shows, with the main characters, themselves in their seventies, prattling on about nothing interesting or germane, and "witness" characters sounding like a visit with aged relatives who talk about people you have never met and they can't seem to quite remember. Although in the end we do find out who did the actual dastardly deed(s), it doesn't seem to matter; I won't type out a spoiler here as far as motive, suffice it to say it was very unsatisfying and confusing. Perhaps an English reader would get more out of it as there are references to what I think are actual historical events that happened in England, but I can only guess. If you are a fan of T&T by all means read this one as it is the last, but for all other Christie readers I say skip it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be very afraid! 9 April 2007
By C. Knowles VINE VOICE
If you are a diehard Christie fan who has already devoured most of her work, go out and buy this book, you know you'll have to read it sooner or later! If on the other hand you're new to Christie, avoid this one like the plague, it could put you off for life. The last book she wrote is, in a word, dreadful. No plot, no mystery, reams of trivial and inconsequential conversations which go nowhere and have no relevance - it's like eavesdropping on a couple of senile old biddies sat behind you on the bus! How it ever got published in this form is the biggest mystery. I guess by this time her publishers realised that anything bearing the name 'Agatha Christie' would sell by the shedload, no matter how bad. And it's still selling today, so it seems they were right! And you thought 'Passenger To Frankfurt' was bad...............
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes sense if you've read her autobiography... 28 Oct 2007
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...and remember this is her last book. She uses her characters Tommy and Tuppence to say goodbye, and to go back to her early youth. The house they buy is the house she grew up in on the outskirts of Torquay (since demolished and built over with villas). In her mind, though, it still exists, and it still contains all her old toys and books. It also contains the past, always a Christie obsession. She loved to note how things changed and got forgotten - and how other things, like megalomaniac plans for running the world, were always coming back in different forms. T&T reminisce about all their old cases, and meet a couple of characters from previous books (Mr Robinson and Colonel Pikeaway). By delving in the distant past through the misty memories of old-age pensioners and the legends that have been handed down to the latest generation, our heroes find the "papers" various factions have been seeking for decades. A missing mastermind? A worldwide association recruiting vulnerable young people to commit deeds of violence? Is that so unlikely? After this novel, like Prospero, Christie put her toys back in their box.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointing 18 Aug 2010
This book started promisingly, with the discovery of the secret message in the old book. The investigation of even such a long-ago murder could be a very satisfying mystery. However, it rapidly went downhill from there on, despite a further murder. All those rambling conversations that are of absolutely no interest. The irritating slips, like where Tuppence discovers "Oxford" and "Cambridge" in the shed, yet in the next chapter she has seemingly forgotten. The fact that for a book written in 1973 and presumably set at around this time, Tommy and Tuppence have a man-servant who cooks their meals. The scene where a dozen children call on Tuppence and discuss the "case" with her -- this was a particular low point. Children do not talk like this. Children do not act like this. And I'm afraid Hannibal was really getting on my nerves towards the end. I only carried on reading because it was an Agatha Christie, and I kept thinking, surely it will pick up somewhere along the line. I was wrong. It was just so, so dull; I ended up reading it quite rapidly just to get through the thing. It's fairly obvious who the "baddie" is when they crop up in the story because they don't use the "code" phrase supplied to Tommy! So we know at once whodunnit as regards the contemporary murder, but I had stopped caring by this point anyway. If you feel you have to buy "Postern of Fate", just read the first chapter and the last chapter and save yourself the boredom of everything else in between.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd but endearing 22 Mar 2007
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This is a very late Christie. She revisits her old childhood home, long since demolished, by having her characters Tommy and Tuppence buy it. They find it is full of her old childhood toys. They also find a clue to a long-ago mystery and she repeats her adage that time will bring the truth to light. By revisiting her own distant past, she seems to be making peace with life and saying farewell to it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars But still good for T and T
Agatha losing her way a bit here - age I think! But still good for T and T fans
Published 18 days ago by AndyBF
1.0 out of 5 stars Omg this book is boring.. I love all of Agathas books but ...
Omg this book is boring..I love all of Agathas books but this one waffles for page after page. I'm thinking she didn't like writing this one.
Published 19 days ago by George Manley
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best!
This book was, I understand, the last one Agatha Christie wrote before her death and I am so sorry to say, you can tell. Read more
Published 4 months ago by craftyangel
3.0 out of 5 stars you need to be fans of tommy and tuppence to enjoy this
Typical T and T - dialogue driven - more like reading a play than a novel - without the stage direction! Read more
Published 5 months ago by gmn
1.0 out of 5 stars Substandard Agatha Christie
What could be a better way to kill expectations for the next one than show in her last book why getting tired of writing any more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Markku Kastinwn
4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie - Postern of Fate | Review
This is the only Tommy and Tuppence book that I've read that I've enjoyed as much as the Poirot and the Marple books, and the only one in which their personalities aren't... Read more
Published 10 months ago by
3.0 out of 5 stars Bits are very far fetched
Tommy and Tuppence are highly intelligent and resourceful people and they are shown to be a bit 'woolly' in parts here. Their 'elderly' status is a tad overplayed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Gillian Humphries
5.0 out of 5 stars Gooner Gary
I am an avid Christie fan and particularly like her Tommy & Tuppence characters. This does book, which I believe was her last published story, doesn't disappoint. Read more
Published 18 months ago by GoonerGary
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...
Now, i happen to really like the Tommy and Tuppence series...This was the last book in the series and, frankly, fairly confusing. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MayGoodComeToUs
2.0 out of 5 stars Gave up
I have read all the other Tommy and Tuppence books so I was looking forward to this one. I was so bored about 1/3 of the way through that I gave up which is something I very rarely... Read more
Published 19 months ago by L. Grace
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