This may be an unpopular opinion but Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are my favorite of Agatha Christie s detectives Poirot is brilliant and much appreciated but Tommy and Tuppence are charmingly brilliant and absolutely hilarious I love these short stories in which the Beresfords take over a detective agency and solve a series of crimes of varying severity Throughout they refer to their shelf of masters adapting the mannerisms and techniues of various literary detectives to hilarious effect My favorite is Tommy s mangled violin playing as He Apes Sherlock Holmes I apes Sherlock Holmes I do love me some early Christie short stories I thought this was just such a fun time There are definitely some weaker stories in here but overall the banter between TT was delightful I enjoyed watching them ape different detectives from Golden Age detective fiction we even et a Poirot shout out This isn t the best of the short story collections but it s definitely one that shouldn t be missed 35 It is a The Book of Leviathan great advantage to be intelligent and not to look it Short stories where you can t reallyet your teeth in the story always feel a little lesser to me than novels Having said this these proved to be fun and light The prefect thing when you want something easy and entertainingTommy and Tuppence throw themselves back in the midst of action
accepting to over a detective agency each episode representing a case although there is a running thread through the whole of it I particularly liked how our characters would take inspiration from fictional detectives to help them in their endeavour from Sherlock Holmes to yes our very own Hercule Poirot I can totally imagine Agatha having fun with this O Loved all of Tommy and Tuppence s banter and the cleverly placed references to other famous sleuths of the Golden age of crime Some mysteries were definitely better than others but overall this collection was just a lot of fun to read A collection of short stories within a story Tommy and Tuppence impersonate Mr Blunt who runs an international detective agency which is a front for Russian spies The two detectives undertake a series of investigations which parodies the styles of well known detective writers of that era A Fairy in the FlatA Pot of Tea introduces Tommy and Tuppence at the International Detective Agency There first case is an amusing one about a missing irl which Tuppence solves The Affair of the Pink Pearl This first real case is over missing pearls A bit of a soapy tale The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger is an espionage story where the Russians suspect something amiss Thanks to a silver cigarette case Tommy lives to investigate another day Finessing the. Tommy and Tuppence Beresford were restless for adventure so when they were asked to take over Blunt's International Detective. ,by accepting to
Agatha Christie ô 7 SummaryBeresford IMO are Agatha Christie s weakest detectives even though they are an endearing couple The premise of this collection of short stories is really nice the Beresfords having helped the police to trap spies in the First World War are asked to manage a bogus detective agency which is only a front for a Soviet espionage operation The real proprietor a spy has been arrested Tommy and Tuppence have to keep their eyes and ears open for a mysterious No 16 and communications in blue envelopes and Play At Detectives In at detectives in spare timeTommy has the ingenious idea of imitating a famous fictional detective each for a case and try to solve the mystery in his style It does provide an introduction to many famous literary sleuths of those times many forgotten now alas the book was first published in 1929 and makes for some hilarity In fact most of the stories are written in a mock serious tone with than a touch of underplayed British humourThe weak point is the mysteries themselves Except for two The Man in the Mist The Sunningdale Mystery none brought me the feeling of Aha I usually et at the end of a Christie story Many of them can at best be called passable One The Unbreakable Alibi I found practically childishNice thing to while away an afternoon but not your typical Christie whodunit I think I m addicted to Agatha Christie s books I love her writing style And I love the mystery in all her cases I decided that I m oing to buy all her books No matter how many did she write I want them all Tommy and Tuppence are an interesting detective duo Not serious as Poirot and perhaps not as brilliant like him but the duo keep the reader s interest in their detective adventures Partners in Crime is a collection of their detective adventures These are light and fun perhaps not so well executed as the mysteries in the Poirot series but engaging enough in their own right It was interesting to note that there were certain but engaging enough in their own right It was interesting to note that there were certain made to other fictitious detectives including Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot as the duo considered which detective s method they should apply to the case at hand This added a little humour and refreshment to the stories I did enjoy Tommy and Tuppence adventures Their aiety and careless manner was uite a contrast to Christie s most beloved detective Hercule Poirot This is uite an achievement on the part of Agatha Christie She shows that she can create serious as well as light plots and she also shows that she can create brilliant detectives and detectives who are clever enough all the while securing the reader interest in her different work Over and over Christie has showed that she is a real master in detective fiction. Abbing on Sunningdale olf course; cryptic messages in the personal columns of newspapers; and even a box of poisoned chocolat. ,
King Is a two part Story Where A Woman Is where a woman is and the clues lead to her lover or do they Her husband appears innocent The ending is a bit ruesome The Case of the Missing Lady is amusing and oes over where a Norwegians gruesome The Case of the Missing Lady is amusing and oes over where a Norwegians fianc e has disappeared too Her obese aunt is very vague about her whereabouts TT find her with a twist The Man in the Mist is about Gilda Glen a Star who TT are to meet On a misty night on there way to the rendezvous they encounter a policeman on a misty night Murder occurs and it points to an unlikely suspect or does itThe Crackler A comical story about counterfeit one pound notes A Riding Hard gambler and apparently rich American The crosses and n the door fail but Tommy has something up his sleeve The Sunningdale Mystery tells the story of a man stabbed to death on aolf course TT over lunch o over the details during lunch and come up with the answer which exonerates the suspected woman The House of Lurking Death is about Lois Hargreaves and who is trying to kill her Recently inheriting a fortune and suspecting her cousin after several members of the family are poisoned by arsenic tainted chocolates Things take a rim turn members of the family are poisoned by arsenic tainted chocolates Things take a rim turn fig paste Always follow the money motive The Unbreakable Alibi is an amusing story about how someone can be in two places at the same timeThe Clergyman s DaughterThe Red House is about a poor woman who inherits a house with strange apparent supernatural events and which someone wants to buy Buried treasure is involved The Ambassador s Boots a tale of switched bags and smuggling The Man Who Was No 16 ties everything up and is a parody of Christie s own The Big Four I liked where they found Tommy and the book ends with the happy news of a visit from the stork The Second of Tommy and Tuppence series it is a collection of 15 of their adventures many styled after leading fictional detectives of the era including Sherlock Holmes In one of the stories there is a delightful take on Hercule Poirot too Not strictly in the same crime and mystery enre as Chritie s other stories the stories here are light and fun A collection of short stories mimicking famous literary detectives even though some of them are practically unknown today even Sherlock Holmes and Christie s own Hercule Poirot Some of the stories are really fun others utterly unremarkable All in all a pleasant read I have been rereading some of the old books of Dame Agatha as a sort of breather from serious literature this book is one of them If I remember correctly I read this sometime in the early eighties three decades and a half ago I remember not liking it much at that time and the reread did not change my opinion Tommy and Tuppence. Agency they leapt at the chance After their triumphant recovery of a pink pearl intriguing cases kept on coming their way a st. .