By the Pricking of My Thumbs (Tommy and Tuppence Series)

By the Pricking of My Thumbs (Tommy and Tuppence Series)

by Agatha Christie

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Overview

Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, Agatha Christie’s delightful sleuthing duo, investigate the strange and troubling doings behind the scenes at a gothic British nursing home in By the Pricking of My Thumbs

When Tommy and Tuppence visit an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they think nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada is a very difficult old lady.

But when Mrs. Lockett mentions a poisoned mushroom stew and Mrs. Lancaster talks about "something behind the fireplace," Tommy and Tuppence find themselves caught up in a spine-chilling adventure that could spell death for either of them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062074331
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/17/2012
Series: Tommy and Tuppence Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 148,313
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England

Education:

Home schooling

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“Agatha Christie taught me many important lessons about the inner workings of the mystery novel before it ever occurred to me that I might one day be writing mysteries myself.”

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By the Pricking of My Thumbs 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tommy's aunt dies and leaves them a painting that starts off a chain of events that end in th capture of a gang of criminles
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dumfounded More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorites. Christie has a unique way of knitting murder and creating a diabolical and creepy plot which keeps you thinking and racing your mind all throughout the book. Its Christie's forte to think what cannot be thought. You Must check this out!
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This was a poor read for me.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book would be about a simple kidnapping, but true to Agatha Christie plots, it had some huge twists! It wasn't at all what I though it would be, but I ended up loving it like I love all Christie books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I love anything agatha christie, but this one was really good. Tommy and Tuppence are my personal favorites out of all her dectectives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a 15 year old girl that loves to read suspenful books and when i received this book, it did not take me long to read and finish this amazing book!! Being an long-time Agatha Christie admirer, it did not surprise me to find this book simply breathtaking! It surprised me so much and left me at the edge of my seat the whole time i was reading it! Agatha Christie fans: this is A MUST-READ for you!!
TwilightBlue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting little story, Tuppence goes looking for the owner of a painting that was given to her husbands' aunt. She has a sense of dread something has happened to dear old Mrs. Lancaster.Kept me guessing as to who the culprit was. 1st Christie novel I have read. Enjoyed it.
DirtPriest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By the Pricking of My Thumbs was quite different from the near Victorian age Poirot and Miss Marples that I have been reading this summer. It's a Tommy and Tuppence story and is, as Porua said in her (his?) thread, it is more of a thriller story rather than a classic mystery. With the setting in the '60's somewhere, the difference was quite startling. T&T were involved in some WWII intelligence operations (and books), but this is set well after their retirement. They visit an old aunt in a nursing home, who later dies and leaves a painting of a house to her dear family. Tuppence is sure she has seen the house from a railway car and sets out to, and actually does, find it. Along with a decades old unsolved child-murder mystery which unfolds very quickly at the end. There was alot of build-up to a very rapid finish. I would not say this is my favo(u)rite of Christie's mysteries, but it's not too bad, and I really would like to read more of the Tommy and Tuppence books, just to be thorough. Apparently she wrote this one because she was tired of fans asking her what had happened to the two characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tommy and Tuppence aren't my favorite of Agatha Christie's characters, they are somewhat flat. However,as a story goes it has it's good points. There are times I was surprised by the twists and other times it was predictable. I would recommend this to someone who isn't going to nit pick about it.
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I was completely stunned by this book. At first you get the feeling of the cozy normal everyday life then suddenly it transforms into a world of fear, suspicion, danger, and even terror. I loved the book and the ending but impact shock of the killer's identity and its motivations. The book was good because it dealt with some shocking themes. It is great for a rainy day or anyday or just to escape from boredom.
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