A classic who-dunnit from the Mistress of Mystery
"Mary Jordan did not die naturally." Underlined words in an old children's book spell out a chilling message from the past. Who was Mary Jordan? Who wrote the message? How DID poor Mary die?
Tuppence and Tommy Beresford fall heir to another British mystery in their new home in the sleepy village of Hollowquay.
1987 edition with 1979 copyright. Tommy & Tuppence blend humor, intuition, and detective know-how.
Tommy and Tuppence are old! But they can still solve mysteries -- even if those mysteries involve people who died long ago.
International intrigue... and puttering around in gardens. This book can be a little slow, but it has a great premise. Tuppence starts out by finding a secret message in a book... written by a young boy who died ages ago, and suspected something terrible.
Tommy and Tuppence are now in their 70s but still manage to be on the fringe of secret service work. Cant Darby and Joan even buy a country fixer-upper without fiding themselves, by accident, amidst a pre-WW I espionage case that was never solved? Although not essential to the story, you may want to consider reading (or rereading) N or M? first as there are many throwbacks to their WW II secret service role. If you wish, go all the way back to the beginning with The Secret Adversary. This is one of Aunties better intrigues as she builds clue upon clue, although you may not find a satisfactory resolution at the end.
The China Governess by Margery Allingham. Albert Campion's to the rescue again. This time he saves a young couple.
I'd never read any Christie before, so I figured I should check her out, since she's such a classic author. This was her last published book; it's a mystery, of course. A couple of retired detectives buy a house in a quaint English town - but find a cryptic message in an old children's book that leads them to start investigating a sixty-year-old possibility of death by foul play.... However, their questions may stir up things safer left forgotten....
These comments are for the CD audiobook version only. This is one of the worst readings I've ever heard. The reader is often inaudible or unintelligible, and he has chosen to do Tuppence's voice in a twee squeaky almost parody fashion. It's just awful. I listened to the first disk and couldn't take any more. I think I'll read a print version instead.
This is a much older book in okay condition.