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N or M? (Tommy & Tuppence Chronology)
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on 10 November 2014
Having just visited the Isokon (Lawn Road Flats, Hampstead) it was interesting to read this unusual Agatha Christie novel about spies, written whilst she was living at the Isokon during WWII. A great who-dunnit set during the early years of WWII but with a twist as it doesn't deal with the usual murder & suspects but with who is the spy.

There is some thought that Agatha Christie may have picked up some ideas for the novel whilst living at the Isokon as it was also the home af a number of spies during that time, including Kim Philby. Who knows what snatches of conversation she picked up whilst dining in the resident's restaurant!?
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on 7 September 2017
Another Agatha Christie great! Set at the beginning of World War 2, this is Tommy and Tuppence's best adventure yet. The storyline starts off gently in a small coastal town, with a number of believable characters such as you might find in any seaside guesthouse - but as you move through the chapters, the plot becomes more intriguing .... and as with all Christie's novels, it keeps you guessing right up till the very end. I thoroughly recommend this as an excellent and exciting read.
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VINE VOICEon 4 April 2006
Ever since reading "The Secret Adversary" I've been a fan of Tommy and Tuppence. They bring humor and sillyness into the world of mystery and suspense.
In N or M we see this again. Tuppence refuses to be placed into any sort of stereotypical feminine role, but does so in a manner that that delights me as a reader. Tommy is with her all the way. Like he says: "from the first we were a joint venture". When he encounters her at Sans Souci (the suspected headquarters of the fifth column), he is delighted and awed. When his boss discovers that they were both tricked he laughed.
It turns out (of course) that it is a good thing that Tuppence is there. Without each other they would not have been able to solve the mystery. There are no clear suspects. Like all Agatha Christie books (and perhaps all others of her genre) first one then another person is suspected of being the culprit. The ending is not surprising but unexpected nevertheless.
This was a terrible time in Europe. Things were black and white and the propaganda at that time in GB was very anti-German, understandably so. In many ways this book shows how group mentality can work and how our attitudes are affected by what is shoved in our faces every day - elementary psychology.
I guess this one thing I really like about Christie's books. She shows how people are and how they think. The culprit is generally just any old person living a normal life, but who then manages to encounter extraordinary circumstances. Sure, there are mass murderers and crazy people in her books as well, but in general the culprit might just as well have been my neighbor.
Enjoy! I certainly did.
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on 18 May 2017
I love the Tommy and Tuppence characters and stories. Hugh Fraser does a great job reading them. I enjoy the way that memories of having read the books surface as I listen and, far from spoiling the surprises, enhance my enjoyment of the originals!
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on 9 May 2012
I've read this book loads of times and each time enjoyed it as much as when I read it for the first time.

This is the only book that Agatha Christie has written which is about the second world war and the way she has blended the war and her own mystery into the storyline is brilliant. The story keeps you guessing right until the end with true Agatha Christie style twists and turns.

Tommy and Tuppence come across as normal people wanting to do their bit for the war, but keep on being told they are too old. The seaside town is a lovely sleepy village which on the surface appears to have nothing going on in it, but underneath the surface there is plenty.

Brilliant read, and I am sure I will read again and again in the future. Would recommend.
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on 8 September 2016
Arrived in reasonable time but the condition was not up to seller's claims. Several of the tapes had been stopped midway and not wound back to the start and when played they squealed making them not able to be heard properly. I gave up after trying some of them and, as they were not expensive, simply threw them away. Not good at all.
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on 28 June 2013
Yes, I read this several times years ago, and since having a Kindle, decided to re-read. It still had its gripping moments and the plot has been ably researched. Agatha Christie assumes that the readers will be knowledgeable Bible students, and of course, when it was written this was a given. I feel the Solomon 'thing may not be readily understood nowadays, more's the pity really, as herein lies the key to the unmasking of one of the principal villains.
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on 2 October 2014
There can be no better storyteller than Agatha Christie but her books are badly written i.e. sentences of half a page, minus punctuation plus repetitive adjectives. Whatever happened to her editor? This book, however, is not her best and the silly names, accepting its dated style, are exceedingly irritating.
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on 14 November 2016
A really good whodunnit book,you do not want to put it down and T &T are really very funny at times,would reccomend to anyone who wants a good read,
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on 22 May 2018
Ok tapes nice quick delivery
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