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Postern of Fate (1973)

de Agatha Christie

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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.… (mais)
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Totally different in that Tommy and Tuppence are trying to solve a mystery that is very old and then spoiler in the last 100 pages a more recent one. Lots of references to the other mysteries solved in other books from series which it helped that I had read them. Liked the beginning with references to ways of thinking and looking at things but then it was repeated to the point of boring. Even the behavior of their dog Hannibal could not help. Disappointing ending for the series. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
In which a retired pair of amateur detectives discover an age-old mystery right under their noses.

So it has come to this. "Postern of Fate" was Agatha Christie’s final written work, and it is undoubtedly her worst. Yes, worse than those tawdry thrillers she churned out in the 1920s, or the spurious supernatural short story collections of the ’40s. In her defence, the octogenarian Dame Agatha was probably suffering from early onset dementia, but her editors should’ve seen sense in not damaging her legacy by publishing this tripe.

This is the 5th novel in the Tommy & Tuppence series, which began with two delightful little throwaway books in the ’20s, matured into a charming-but-pointless ’40s novel, and was already teetering on the brink with the laborious "By The Pricking of My Thumbs". The only redeeming factor is to see the continuation of these lovely characters, who aged along with Christie since their first novel (her second) in 1922. Conversations meander onto tangential topics page after page (Christie reportedly would speak into a dictaphone, or recite to a typist, and then basically just check what spilled out for spelling errors – even if this is a myth, it doesn’t seem unlikely!).

The murder mystery is nonsensical, and our heroes have stopped being characters, instead becoming mouthpieces for an outdated generation. I’m a big fan of Dame Agatha, so one day I will buy a copy of this for the sake of completion. But for now, I’m quite happy not to have this cluttering up my shelf.

Tommy and Tuppence ranking: 5th out of 5 ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
England, Hollowquay, ca 1975
Indeholder "Book I", " 1. Mainly Concerning Books", " 2. The Black Arrow", " 3. Visit to the Cemetery", " 4. Lots of Parkinsons", " 5. The White Elephant Sale", " 6. Problems", " 7. More Problems", " 8. Mrs Griffin", "Book II", " 1. A Long Time Ago", " 2. Introduction to Mathilde, Truelove and KK", " 3. Six Impossible Things before Breakfast", " 4. Expedition on Truelove: Oxford and Cambridge", " 5. Methods of Research", " 6. Mr Robinson", "Book III", " 1. Mary Jordan", " 2. Research by Tuppence", " 3. Tommy and Tuppence Compare Notes", " 4. Possibility of Surgery on Mathilde", " 5. Interview with Colonel Pikeaway", " 6. Postern of Fate", " 7. The Inquest", " 8. Reminiscences about an Uncle", " 9. Junior Brigade", " 10. Attack on Tuppence", " 11. Hannibal Takes Action", " 12. Oxford, Cambridge and Lohengrin", " 13. Visit from Miss Mullins", " 14. Garden Campaign", " 15. Hannibal Sees Active Service with Mr Crispin", " 16. The Birds Fly South", " 17. Last Words: Dinner with Mr Robinson".

Thomas Beresford og Prudence Beresford - hans kone - tilsammen kaldet Tommy og Tuppence - er blevet gamle - over halvfjerds - og gigtplagede. De har købt et nyt hus i stedet for Burlows Acre og har taget et læs bøger med i købet fra sælgeren. Nogle af bøgerne er gamle børnebøger fra starten af århundredet og har været i huset altid. I en af bøgerne - Robert Louis Stevenson: "Den sorte pil" - finder Tuppence nogle bogstaver, der er streget under og som danner teksten Mary Jordan døde ikke en naturlig død. Det var en af os. Jeg tror, jeg ved hvem.
Beskeden er formentlig skrevet af Alexander Parkinson. Lidt forespørgsler viser at han døde som 14-årig. Tommy og navnlig Tuppence bliver nysgerrige. Tuppence spørger sig for i nabolaget. Tommy udnytter gamle kontakter. Der er noget med "Emlyn Johnson" ubåden og spioner under første verdenskrig.
Det nye hus hedder nu "The Laurels" og før det "Long Scofield" Gennem gamle bekendte får Tommy besked om at Mary Jordan var på engelsk side og ikke tysk spion, som rygtet ellers går. Mr Robinson og oberst Pikeaway lader også forstå at der måske gemmer sig noget i huset, som stadig kan have interesse og at det derfor kan være farligt at rode op i sagen. Det viser sig da også da havemanden, den gamle Isaac Bodlicott, bliver myrdet. Måske har det noget at gøre med gyngehesten Matilde og løbecyklen Truelve og nogle porcelænsskamler af form som svaner og kaldet Oxford og Cambridge pgra deres farver.
Nogen skyder på Tuppence, men hun bliver kun overfladisk såret i armen fordi deres lille hund -en Manchester Terrirer ved navn Hannibal - går løs på attentatpersonen. Senere dukker en miss Mullins op og prøver at forgifte Tuppence, men hun bliver afsløret og flygter.
Nogle papirer er reddet ud fra Cambridge og bliver videregivet til oberst Pikeaway, som beroliger Tommy og Tuppence med at nu er hvepsereden fjernet og de kan trygt blive boende.

Tommy og Tuppence taler pænt til hinanden og er på lige fod. Deres børn Derek, Deborah og adoptivbarnet Betty er voksne. Deborah er over 40 år og har tre børn, Andrew på 15, Janet på 11 og Rosalie på 7. Det er meget behageligt at læse, men selve plottet er lige så mærkeligt som i "Passager fra Frankfurt".
Der er rodet et digt ind i historien James Elroy Flecker: Gates of Damascus:
"Four great gates has the city of Damascus ... // Postern of Fate, the Desert Gate, Disaster's Cavern, Fort of Fear ... // Pass not beneath, O Caravan, or pass not singing. Have you heard // That silence where the birds are dead, yet something pipeth like a bird? ( )
  bnielsen | Nov 13, 2020 |
I read pretty much every Agatha Christie mystery I could find when I was young. I have come across a few now that I am older so looked forward to reading this one. I didn't remember it but I probably did read it before.

Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are retired, but they can't keep their curiosity down. In WWII they performed admirably as spy catchers, and they seem quite capable of continuing in that vein, however much they may protest.

So when the two move to a little village by the sea and find themselves trying to cope with an overload of books left behind by previous occupants, it is only natural that Tuppence will be intrigued by anything other than the parade of electricians and builders who have invaded their home. She takes down a children's book and finds letters underlined in it by a boy named Alexander. The first sentence she reads from these underlinings is "Mary Jordan did not die naturally.". Well.

Little by little the couple is drawn in by this sentence and by one or two other finds, and before you know it they are pursuing some lost articles that may be of importance even now, seventy years or so after Mary Jordan died.

It's a "cozy mystery". Christie pretty much invented the form, and nobody does it better. In fact, I won't read any other "cozys", just hers. Others get too cute while she explores the idiosyncrasies of her characters and makes them believable. I enjoyed getting caught up in the days of the vanishing upper middle class in England as well, the families with their steadfast servants and their amazing gardens. Thus I enjoyed this one all the way through. It was altogether too quick a read. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
A very late Christie book. If she hadn't become the Queen of Mystery by the time this was written I don't think the book could have been published. They obviously felt anything with her name on it would sell, which was probably true. Tedious retelling of details, no characters developed as the bad guys, no real case. I had apparently read this in 2015 but I hadn't commented on it and couldn't remember it, so the re-read. Blimey, it was awful. ( )
  mysterymax | Aug 10, 2020 |
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Four great gates has the city of Damascus...
Postern of Fate, the Desert Gate, Disaster's Cavern, Fort of Fear...
Pass not beneath, O Caravan, or pass not singing. Have you heard
That silence where the birds are dead yet something pipeth like a bird?...

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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.

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