By the Pricking of My Thumbs & Postern of Fate : Tommy & Tuppence

  • by Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by Hugh Fraser
  • Series: Tommy & Tuppence
  • 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tommy and Tuppence are at it again. This detective couple can never walk away from a mystery and these two later novels are no exception.
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...
Postern of Fate: Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have just become the proud owners of an old house in an English village. Along with the property, they have inherited some worthless bric-a-brac, including a collection of antique books. While rustling through a copy of The Black Arrow, Tuppence comes upon a series of apparently random underlinings.
However, when she writes down the letters, they spell out a very disturbing message: "Mary Jordan did not die naturally." And 60 years after their first murder, Mary Jordan's enemies are still ready to kill....
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Wish I could rate individually: #1 is 4, #2 is 2

My high overall story rating is for By the Pricking of My Thumbs.

By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968) is a great listen. Tommy and Tuppence are nearing retirement and dealing with an aged aunt who passes away at an old ladies home. Tuppence stumbles on clues related to old crimes and eccentric villagers. The listener is kept guessing until the end.

Postern of Fate (1973) doesn't fare as well. It has an interesting premise but fails to provide a satisfactory ending. The Tommy and Tuppence are retired (now about 70 we learn late in the book) and have moved to the country. It turns out the house has ties to a decades old espionage case. It was difficult to determine "when" the story was taking place until late in the plot and the date of the crime is vague until near the end. The listener is never privy to the documents uncovered by Tuppence. I wasn't ever sure who did what in the past and how it threatened prominent persons in the present. Postern of Fate was the last novel Agatha Christie wrote. That may have played a role in the weakness of the story. It is funny her final story is about two retirees.

Hugh Fraser is great. No one does an old lady better than he does. He reading saved Postern of Fate to some extent. He brings Tommy and Tuppence alive for the listener.
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- Marie

Last two books of the Tommy and Tuppence series.

Would you consider the audio edition of By the Pricking of My Thumbs & Postern of Fate to be better than the print version?

Absolutely! It is well read by Hugh Fraser which made it highly enjoyable to listen to.


What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

He reads quite well.


Any additional comments?

By the Pricking of my Thumbs is my least fave Agatha Christie novels as I did not like the story line but do enjoy the Tommy and Tuppence characters and Hugh Fraser's voice made it worth listening to. Postern of Fate is the last Tommy and Tuppence story and takes place when the characters are retired.

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- ButterflyRose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-22-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio