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“Agatha Christie taught me two things: that plotting mysteries was an art, and that a woman detective could be as strong a character as a male detective.A woman detective didn’t need to be a housewife sleuthing in her spare time, she could be an equal in the game.” (Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the Ian Rutledge Mysteries and Bess Crawford Mysteries)

“Distinctly worthwhile.” (New York Times)

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

Their first case is a success—the triumphant recovery of a pink pearl. Other cases soon follow—a stabbing on Sunningdale golf course; cryptic messages in the personal columns of newspapers; and even a box of poisoned chocolates. But can they live up to their slogan of "Any case solved in 24 hours"?

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Product Details

  • Series: Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062074369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062074362
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

Customer Reviews

If you haven't read an Agatha Christie book before, this is a good place to start.
Henry Cate III
I enjoy Agatha Christie mysteries and of all the ones I've read,I like the Tommy and Tuppence stories the best.
gail
Every story moves smoothly and is satisfying throughout til their expert conclusions.
JR

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Originally published in 1929, PARTNERS IN CRIME reunites Tommy Beresford and Prudence "Tuppence" Cowley, first created by Christie for the earlier novel THE SECRET ADVERSARY; they are now married and, although happy in the marriage, Tuppence finds herself bored with the routine of life.

Her wish for excitement is answered when intelligence agent Mr. Carter puts a proposal before the two. A London detective agency has been found to be involved in espionage and its owner has been picked up--but government authorities want to keep the agency open in hope of tracing its illegal activities. How would Tommy and Tuppence like to take on the task?

This set up provides the frame for a series of short stories in which Tommy and Tuppence handle various legitimate calls upon the detective agency even as they hope to make contacts that will break the spy ring. There is Lawrence St. Vincent, whose lady-love has agreed to marry him... but only if he can solve a unique riddle. There is a stolen pearl, the odd scam, and a few murders as well--and, of course, espionage constantly in the background.

Along the way, Tommy and Tuppence have fun by adopting the methods, with considerably varied result, of famous fictional detectives such as The Old Man In The Corner, Sherlock Holmes, and even (albeit briefly) the celebrated Hercule Poirot. It is all very light hearted, lightly written, and as always when Christie elects to trot out Tommy and Tuppence the great attraction are the characters themselves--sharp, witty, and having a good time.

This collection of short stories comes no where near the brilliance of THE TUESDAY CLUB MURDERS, featuring Miss Marple, or THE LABORS OF HERCULES, only slightly less fine and featuring Hercule Poirot. Nonetheless, it is an entertaining sort of thing, and most readers will enjoy Christie's comic touch with her material. Good fun!

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tam Sesto on September 4, 2000
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A collection of short stories featuring Christie's married team of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. The stories are derived from Tommy and Tuppence being asked to take over a detective agency that the authorities believe is an information drop for the Russians. Christie poked a little fun at mystery writers and their counterparts by having the Beresford's take on the persona of a different, fictional detective for each story including Christie's famous, Belgium detective, Hercule Poirot.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JR on September 3, 2001
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This is one of Christie's best efforts. Every story moves smoothly and is satisfying throughout til their expert conclusions. I really like her Tommy and Tuppence books. It's too bad she only wrote 5 of them, but this one I think is her finest. The 2 meld well together and even argue delightfully. A must addition to any Agatha collection. You will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RCM VINE VOICE on April 27, 2010
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Agatha Christie's team of detectives, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, return in their second mystery "Partners in Crime" a collection of short stories featuring the young sleuths. Although happily married for several years, Tuppence still craves adventure and Christie offers plenty of it in this collection of generally lighthearted stories.

Tuppence's craving for adventure meets its satisfaction when a superior from Scotland Yard asks them to front the Blunt Detective Agency, pretending to be Blunt and his associate in an effort to capture a criminal gang from Russia. The Beresfords jump at the opportunity, with Tommy augmenting his sleuthing abilities by studying the great fictional masters, like Sherlock Holmes and even Hercule Poirot. Many of the stories are interconnected, such as "The Clergyman's Daughter" which begins with a tale about a possible poltergeist forcing a poor young woman to sell the house she inherited, that then ends in The Red House" when Tommy and Tuppence discover the natural reason behind the supernatural events. Other standouts include "Finessing the King"/"The Gentleman Dressed in Newspaper" where a murder at a costume party has all fingers pointing in the wrong direction, and "The Man in the Mist" where Tommy and Tuppence encounter a possible ghost in connection with a strange murder.

"Partners in Crime" is an enjoyable and easy read. Tommy and Tuppence are definitely likable characters, and while the stories are rather dated, the wordplay and sheer fun that these two characters have is infectious. It is not by far Christie's best work, but it is an enjoyable departure from her regular sleuths, Poirot and Miss Marple.
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Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have been married for six years. They first met as blackmailers in the 1922 Christie novel "The Secret Adversary.' The two have been involved in secret service work and have survived World War I. They live in Bloomsbury in London as the book begins. Tommy is employed in a mundane desk job for the British Intelligence Agency. Tuppence (nee Prudence Cowley) is a bright young socialite who is bored with daily life longing for excitement and danger.
The British Intelligence Agency asks the Bersefords to assume aliases as they take over the Blunt Detective Agency. Mr. Blunt was arrested for engaging in espionage for the Russian Communist regime. The Bersefords begin their work with gusto taking on several knotty criminal cases. They imitate the techniques of famous detectives such as Christie's Hercule Poirot and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
There are several cases which the twosome solve during the course of the 215 page book. This is very lightweight Christie but her ingenious mind does use her "little grey cells" enough to keep her inquisitive readers guessing
"whodunit?". Light! Entertaining! Fun! Enjoy yourselves with a few hours with Tommy and Tuppence!
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