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Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: *Dodd, Meade & Company
Current edition publisher: The Berkley Publishing Group
Edition: Mass market paperback
Genre: Crime drama/Mystery fiction
Source: I purchased this book
This novel is a compilation of short stories originally published in newpapers. These are stories of Tommy and Tuppence during the era when they took on running a detective agency.
Tuppence is at a loss, bored and looking for something exciting, anything, when the Beresfords' old friend, Mr. Carter (who works for an unnamed government intelligence agency) arrives with a proposition for the couple, Tommy and Tupence Beresford. Asked to take over 'The International Detective Agency' and pose as the owners where it is expected they will intercept messages from a Russian spy ring. In the meantime, Tommy and Tuppence are to run the detective agencyto their liking which delights the young couple. They employ Albert, a young man introduced in The Secret Adversary, as their assistant at the agency.
They tackle several cases, in the style of famous fictional detectives such as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, which makes great fun for them and the reader.
This was my first introduction to Tommy and Tuppence, that I recall, and I found their bantering charming, their sleuthing skills insightful and the cases interesting. There is one case, that of The Unbreakable Alibi, that I had figured out long before the sleuthing couple did. I enjoyed reading their reasoning and modus operandi as they worked to solve this case and the others within this compilation of short stories.
A great read, particularly when you are in the mood for something short, like a short story. Rated 4/5
For more information about arguably the best crime fiction/mystery writer of all time, see Agatha Christie.
This book counts as a read for the Vintage Mystery challenge.