Als Tommy und Tuppence Beresford ihre Tante Ada im Pflegeheim besuchen, scheinen einige Damen dort ein wenig wunderlich Was soll man sonst denken, wenn Mrs Lancaster von einer Kinderleiche spricht, die hinter dem Kamin verborgen sei Aber drei Wochen sp ter ist Tante Ada gestorben und in ihrem Zimmer h ngt ein geheimnisvolles Bild, ein Geschenk von Mrs Lancaster Die Beresfords wollen wissen, was dahinter steckt Und das wird gef hrlich


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  1. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Agatha Christie s leisurely murder mystery begins in an old ladies home quite appropriately.Tommy Beresford is visiting his bold or mean a better word Aunt Ada, at the tranquil Sunny Ridge, the spinster is 80 and still tough and she likes tormenting Tuppence the nephew s wife, who has come unwisely along, Ada needs some fun in her sedentary life Tuppence befriends Mrs.Lancaster a lonely inmate in need of one This woman seems slightly confused and always talking about a dead child which c Agatha Christie s leisurely murder mystery begins in an old ladies home quite appropriately.Tommy Beresford is visiting his bold or mean a better word Aunt Ada, at the tranquil Sunny Ridge, the spinster is 80 and still tough and she likes tormenting Tuppence the nephew s wife, who has come unwisely along, Ada needs some fun in her sedentary life Tuppence befriends Mrs.Lancaster a lonely inmate in need of one This woman seems slightly confused and always talking about a dead child which constantly annoys others, Miss Packard runs this peaceful establishment, doesn t take Mrs Lancaster seriously, nobody would.Three weeks later Aunt Ada dies and Mrs.Lancaster is suddenly taken away from Sunny Ridge to some unknown place.While Tommy inherits a painting from his aunt, originally owned by Mrs.Lancaster, Tuppence being a very generous woman insists on giving back the picture Problem is Mrs Beresford can t locate the lady, what to do Strange unexplained deaths happen at Sunny Ridge and Dr.Murray, the nursing home s physician asks Tommy for help The uneasy doctor is greatly perplexed, many questions need answers, he though is unable to solve himself without experts, then the trail eventually leads unexpectedly to a remote village and turns quite dark , where grisly child murders had occurred 20 years ago , the distant past returns in rural England Many suspects are still around even as two decades of time have expired, since the awful incidents shocked the dazed locals,they occurred however, so the investigations are difficult and a house considered haunted by the locals is standing undaunted The surprise conclusion makes this a fun book, not counting all the killings of course Agatha Christie does her usual competent work as only she can, the style is unique and not many if any can duplicate, the Queen is dead but long live the wonderful books.They are never less than exuberantLong live the Queenindeed


  2. Laurel Young Laurel Young says:

    I m going to go ahead and give this five stars, because it is fairly rare for Dame Agatha to go all out creepy with her books and I m amazed at how well she does it here I read this book a very long time ago and never forgot the image of the old lady calmly saying that the milk is not poisoned TODAY and inquiring about the body walled up in the fireplace Gave me shivers So I had a sense of happy deja vu when I read the first chapter and realized that this was that bookso many of Christie I m going to go ahead and give this five stars, because it is fairly rare for Dame Agatha to go all out creepy with her books and I m amazed at how well she does it here I read this book a very long time ago and never forgot the image of the old lady calmly saying that the milk is not poisoned TODAY and inquiring about the body walled up in the fireplace Gave me shivers So I had a sense of happy deja vu when I read the first chapter and realized that this was that bookso many of Christie s titles are interchangeable murderous literary allusions that I had no idea The creepiness was back in full force on re reading, and I had forgotten the twist that occurs in the denouement and was very startled and unnerved by it So, five stars for atmosphere, but also for another reason I love the way Tommy and Tuppence have aged in this novel Unlike the perenially elderly Miss Marple and later middle aged Poirot, TT age convincingly over the long span of Christie s career and it is a real pleasure to see that they are still devoted to each other and still fond of sleuthing Christie portrays their marriage wonderfully it is not overdone, just a portrait of a fond couple who are very settled in together and have mutual affection and respect Very sweet I also like that Albert is still with them and provides a bit of domestic comic relief.Onereason to admire this novel is the way that Christie sets herself a difficult challenge and lives up to it rather like Nemesis, the mystery starts with almost no clues to go on, and the characters must think well outside the box to get on the right trail Any decent mystery writer can start with a dead body and go from there, but only Christie could start with a harmless painting of a pretty house with something ever so slightly off about it and develop the plot in the fascinating way that she does here Highly recommended


  3. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    By the Pricking of My Thumbs Tommy and Tuppence, 4 , Agatha ChristieWhile visiting Tommy s Aunt Ada at Sunny Ridge Nursing Home, Tuppence encounters some odd residents including Mrs Lancaster who mystifies her with talk about your poor child and something behind the fireplace When Aunt Ada dies a few weeks later, she leaves Tommy and Tuppence a painting featuring a house, which Tuppence is sure she has seen before This realization leads her on a dangerous adventure involving a missing t By the Pricking of My Thumbs Tommy and Tuppence, 4 , Agatha ChristieWhile visiting Tommy s Aunt Ada at Sunny Ridge Nursing Home, Tuppence encounters some odd residents including Mrs Lancaster who mystifies her with talk about your poor child and something behind the fireplace When Aunt Ada dies a few weeks later, she leaves Tommy and Tuppence a painting featuring a house, which Tuppence is sure she has seen before This realization leads her on a dangerous adventure involving a missing tombstone, diamond smuggling and a horrible discovery of what Mrs Lancaster was talking about 2009 1374 344 20 1968


  4. Mansuriah Hassan Mansuriah Hassan says:

    This is the first Tommy and Tuppence series I have read but it definitely won t be the last By The Pricking Of My Thumbs offers the sense of adventure, wit and charm from the main characters, husband and wife duo, Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Beresford This novel possesses a chilling tone that intensifies as the story progresses There are practically no dead bodies, only the shady disappearance of an old lady The story finds Tuppence interested in a painting of a country house that is inheri This is the first Tommy and Tuppence series I have read but it definitely won t be the last By The Pricking Of My Thumbs offers the sense of adventure, wit and charm from the main characters, husband and wife duo, Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Beresford This novel possesses a chilling tone that intensifies as the story progresses There are practically no dead bodies, only the shady disappearance of an old lady The story finds Tuppence interested in a painting of a country house that is inherited from Tommy s aunt Convinced that she has seen the original subject, she decides to track it down When she does, she stumbles into stories of a series of unsolved child murders that occurred in the district many years before The novel is filled with neat mixture of characters and the plot is very original, with an ending you will never be able to guess trust me on this The very nature of the ending comes as a great shock to me, as it is completely unexpected and terrific The entire novel, in fact, carries an underlying tone of omnipresent evil, foreboding and fear, which serves to create a wonderful atmosphere A definite must read for any mystery fan, especially Agatha Christie fans I am going to check out the other Tommy and Tuppence series


  5. samantha (books-are-my-life20) samantha (books-are-my-life20) says:

    Bit of mess this one, there are many loose ends left hanging but i liked tommy and tuppence relationship.


  6. Melindam Melindam says:

    OK, so the Tommy Tuppence stories are not really among my favourite Christie books.And this particular story just left me bored. I guess So, nothan 2 stars, OK, so the Tommy Tuppence stories are not really among my favourite Christie books.And this particular story just left me bored. I guess So, nothan 2 stars,


  7. Amy Amy says:

    This book took me months to read I do not think I have ever struggled through an Agatha Christie novel the way I struggled through this one I picked it up and put it downpicked it up and put it downpicked it upBut that ending.Wow.Agatha Christie went creepy. It is wonderful I added another star for the twist I think I need to re read this one someday, just in one sitting Tuppence and her muddled brain and intuitive leaps really keeps things confusing though doesn t push the plot f This book took me months to read I do not think I have ever struggled through an Agatha Christie novel the way I struggled through this one I picked it up and put it downpicked it up and put it downpicked it upBut that ending.Wow.Agatha Christie went creepy. It is wonderful I added another star for the twist I think I need to re read this one someday, just in one sitting Tuppence and her muddled brain and intuitive leaps really keeps things confusing though doesn t push the plot far Not my favorite Tommy and Tuppence Mystery, but what an ending


  8. Hannah Hannah says:

    This was an incredibly chilling mystery I had the cover image and the creepy, insane mutterings of the killer burnt into my mind and preventing me from falling asleep Scary.Agatha Christie has produced yet another brilliant mystery, one that is intense and possesses gripping tension throughout the entire novel as the detectives attempt to solve the puzzle Tommy and Tuppence are back again, now very much advanced in age, but still as spirited as ever The light romance between the two is very This was an incredibly chilling mystery I had the cover image and the creepy, insane mutterings of the killer burnt into my mind and preventing me from falling asleep Scary.Agatha Christie has produced yet another brilliant mystery, one that is intense and possesses gripping tension throughout the entire novel as the detectives attempt to solve the puzzle Tommy and Tuppence are back again, now very much advanced in age, but still as spirited as ever The light romance between the two is very sweet, particularly considering their old couple status


  9. Meave Meave says:

    Oh Aggie, your mind really must have been going to have written this and considered it a complete novel It doesn t make sense It s terribly disappointing, especially because Tommy and Tuppence are usually so delightful But in this mystery not only do they lack believable motivation for taking any action, they don t get to do much of anything together, and their chemistry is all wonky, which was the most depressing part.I ll take some of the blame for not understanding the plot, as I did fall Oh Aggie, your mind really must have been going to have written this and considered it a complete novel It doesn t make sense It s terribly disappointing, especially because Tommy and Tuppence are usually so delightful But in this mystery not only do they lack believable motivation for taking any action, they don t get to do much of anything together, and their chemistry is all wonky, which was the most depressing part.I ll take some of the blame for not understanding the plot, as I did fall asleep reading it maybe three times, but not much blame I mean, there s intentional ambiguity, and then there s throwing in plot points at random and forcing the reader to make sense of something is straight up nonsensical


  10. Deb Jones Deb Jones says:

    Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are the quintessential British married couple and what a delight they are, both as everyday individuals and adventurers Adventures being the euphemism the couple use to describe their various sleuthing deeds over the years.This time around, Tuppence goes off on her own while Tommy attends an annual conference Tuppence, as Tommy both fondly and exasperatedly describes her, is like a terrier on a trail or after a scent once she puts her mind to something In B Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are the quintessential British married couple and what a delight they are, both as everyday individuals and adventurers Adventures being the euphemism the couple use to describe their various sleuthing deeds over the years.This time around, Tuppence goes off on her own while Tommy attends an annual conference Tuppence, as Tommy both fondly and exasperatedly describes her, is like a terrier on a trail or after a scent once she puts her mind to something In By the Pricking of My Thumbs, Tuppence is determined to find the actual house seen in a painting and to find an elderly woman, Mrs Lancaster, whom Tuppence is sure may be in harm s way.A nice mystery all the way around with the usual red herrings that so appropriately leave the reveal of whodunit to the last pages