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Postern of Fate Mass Market Paperback – 1988
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
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Tommy and Tuppence retired to an old house in the country. They brought their books and bought some left behind by the previous owner. Do they have enough shelf space? One book has letters underlined to create a message (Chapter 2). Tuppence investigates the name of Mary Jordan. The young boy that owned this book died at age fourteen. [There is a lot of conversation, as if the author was paid by the word and dragged out the story; the pacing is slow.] ‘Book Two’ continues the story. Tuppence continues to question old people about the past. Foxglove leaves can be mistaken for spinach with deadly results. Tommy talks to old friends and hears a story about the place (Chapter 12).
Were there hidden letters or papers? Tommy meets Mr. Robinson who tells him a surprising fact about Mary Jordan (Chapter 13)! Tommy tells Tuppence the news (Chapter 15). If the family were mildly poisoned there would be little suspicion if only Mary Jordan died. Was the accident something else? Tuppence visits old Mrs. Griffin to learn about past people (Chapter 16). They search the inside of an old toy horse (Chapter 18). A picture album has a photo of Mary Jordan. Tommy visits Colonel Pikeaway who talks about the past and the influence of money (Chapter 19). He warns them to take care of what they eat or drink, and who wants to be their friend. Tuppence finds the body of old Isaac (Chapter 20). The Inquest says murder (Chapter 21)!
Some children visit Tuppence (Chapter 23). They will accompany her to the old-age home where she talks to some people. While visiting the garden they hear two shots, Tuppence is wounded (Chapter 24)! Tommy called the police (Chapter 25). Colonel Pikeaway heard all the news. Tommy visits Colonel Pikeaway, who advises him to stay close to home. Miss Mullins visits and offers to work in the garden (Chapter 27). She returns the next day, and is seen tampering with Tuppence’s coffee (Chapter 29). Their daughter Deborah arrives with her children (Chapter 30). Tommy and Tuppence visit Mr. Robinson, Mr. Crispin and Colonel Pikeaway are there (Chapter 31). [The solution doesn’t seem credible to me, it reeks of paranoia - the most esteemed person is the traitor!]
Agatha Christie is one of the best known and most widely read writers of all time. This 1973 mystery novel has 31 chapters and more pages than other stories. It is probably the worst of the series; it is also the last. It runs on too long and should have been shorter.