Partners in Crime (The Christie Collection) Paperback – 8 Jan 1996
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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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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!
Tommy and Tuppence are restless for the excitement of their earlier lives. So, when Mr. Carter, Chief of Intelligence, asks them to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency, they leap at the chance. Their main role will be to help catch an international criminal ring.
To guarantee that they can live up to their assumed role, they decide to emulate the great detectives of fiction. While solving one mystery after the other (though keeping firmly away from divorce cases) they manage to encounter the international gang. In the end we all know what will happen, as all Christie books manage to solve the main mystery.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the second book I have read in the series, and I wasn't disappointed, gripping from start to finish.Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
A refreshing wee easy read. I usually go for Poirot and Miss Marple but this was an enjoyable change.Published 8 months ago by Victoria Fraser