Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Partners in Crime: "They are Never Really Dead, These Super Criminals."

Agatha Christie Challenge: Book 10

Partners in Crime is a collection of short stories involving the irresistible Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, the husband and wife detective duo that mix humor, playful banter, and romance to solve crimes. And although Tommy and Tuppence appear in only four full-length novels and this collection of short stories, they are perhaps the most charming and witty of all Agatha Christie's fictional characters. Their stories are more the comedy spy thriller than the straightforward whodunit; and unlike Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, the Beresford's age in real time with the real world, which allows them to reflect the social milieu of the time.

Each story in this collection spoofs a popular detective of the 1920s, including Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. And while the "mysteries" themselves lack the ingenuity of Christie's other works, the stories are nevertheless clever and very entertaining. It's easy to see why Christie's found Tommy and Tuppence to be her most endearing characters. 

Rating: A-

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