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Partners in Crime (1929)

de Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are Partners in Crime-or rather partners in crime solving-and must demonstrate their deductive skills in a wide range of confounding cases after agreeing to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency. Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are restless for adventure, so when they are asked to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency, they leap at the chance. Their first case is a success-the triumphant recovery of a pink pearl. Other cases soon follow-a stabbing on Sunningdale golf course; cryptic messages in the personal columns of newspapers; and even a box of poisoned chocolates. But can they live up to their slogan of "Any case solved in 24 hours"?… (mais)
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I enjoyed my meetings with Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence both as bright young things looking for adventure in ‘The Secret Adversary' (1922) and as an older married couple working for the security service tracking down spies at the English seaside early in the Second World War in ’N or M?’ (1941).

So I set up a Buddy Read ‘Partners In Crime’ during May with other Agatha Christie fans.

The twelve stories in the collection are light-hearted tales that Agatha Christie wrote both to revisit her boisterous young detecting couple and to parody detective stories that were popular in the 1920s.

To me, the stories seemed to be a sort of Improv game that Christie was playing for her own amusement. I imagined her having a fine time effortlessly spinning off plot idea after plot idea and dressing them ironically in the costumes of another writer's characters. How exhilarating it must have been to have an imagination so fertile.

Unfortunately, they are less fun to read than they probably were to write.

For the most part, they read more like sketches than short stories and they're sketches that depend for their full effect on knowledge of other Golden Age Crime writers that I don't have. I feel that I'm watching 'Spitting Image' without knowing the celebrities that puppets are ridiculing.

My enjoyment of the stories went up when I was familiar with the fictional detective(s) being mimicked but they are so slight that, when I'm ignorant of the reference points, it's like biting into a meringue.

That said, the chemistry between Tommy and Tuppence still worked and I enjoyed seeing Christie being so playful in her writing.

I think this is a collection that will be enjoyed most by Christie fans with a broad knowledge of Golden Age Mystery writers.

If you're interested, you can find my opinions of each of the stories here:
https://mikefinnsfiction.com/2023/05/31/partners-in-crime-a-collection-of-tommy-... ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | Jan 28, 2024 |
It was solidly okay. I'm not one for short stories, and this one was a series of cases (short stories) that worked within a framework of a larger case/story arc. The attempt at something a little different in terms of a detective novel is respectable, but it didn't light my fire. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
This is more or less a series of short stories, albeit with a frame involving mysterious Russians. Tommy and Tuppence carry out investigations while pretending to be Theodore Blunt, International PI, and his private secretary (and pretending to each other to be detectives from fiction). Apart from Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot (very meta) I hadn't really heard of any of them sadly. I love the relationship between Tommy and Tuppence and the tone throughout was very light. None of the cases took them very long to solve, but the stories raced along at a good pace and the whole book was fun. ( )
  pgchuis | Mar 25, 2023 |
Not one of Agatha Christie's Best Works........................

Partners In Crime by Agatha Christie is the second book in the Tommy and Tuppence Series. I do not think that the book is really one of the best of Agatha Christie. It consists of short stories, where each and every story is different. But, the plots are really not that interesting. I was expecting some dark tales behind the stories, but nothing interesting came out from them. If I talk about Tommy and Tuppence, then their characters do not portray like a true detective. Although, Tuppence is intelligent and dominates the story.

I would like to give 3 stars to the book. Thanks to agathachristie.com for providing me with an opportunity to be a part of the challenge. ( )
  Sucharita1986 | Feb 23, 2023 |
I loved the first book and I enjoyed the second although I was kind of sad they were no longer the Young Adventurers. Tommy and Tuppence are the best. I love them separately and I adore them together. I really like that marriage hasn't changed the banter and friendship between them. Or dulled Tuppence's thirst for adventure, quick wits or sass. Not that any books with married couples actually comes to mind. I'm not sure I've read any others - romance is always the end goal rather than the starting point.

So the second book is about Tommy and Tuppence taking over a detective agency. The format of this is kind of unique though because it's a short story collection - just all the stories revolve around the detective agency - each one being a case. I thought the general premise being the detective agency gave it a more cohesive feel and allowed for a depth that tends to be missing in short stories. I don't usually enjoy short story collections - too often half of them suck - but I loved this.

I liked that each story tackled different cases and that Tommy and Tuppence both played equal roles in solving them. I really liked getting to see the different cases they worked and how they solved them. Particularly when they emulate famous detectives.

I love how into it Tommy, Tuppence and Albert get. Each of them give 110% to their parts. And it amuses me how much of a production it all is. Typewriter to be typing when someone comes in. Albert to deny access to the boss because he's 'on the phone with Scotland Yard' and his quiet remarks about secret official business. It was hilarious.

Overall a solid read. 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5. I can't wait to read the next step in their journey.

2.1: A FAIRY IN THE FLAT: Six years later, Tommy is working for the Secret Service (office work though) and Tuppence is stuck buying hats because she might have money but she's bored and itching for adventure. Mr Carter comes to the rescue when he suggests that Tommy take a leave of absence and become a manager of a suspect detective agency, taking on the name of Theodore Blunt. Tuppence jumps at the chance to investigate. I liked that Albert is still around. And that he goes to the movies and then emulates what he sees.

2.2: A POT OF TEA: Their first major case involves an Earl who is in love with a shop girl that disappears and he want her found. LMFAO. Tuppence orchestrates some much needed publicity by organising for the girl to go missing. Turns out the girl is an old friend. She talks up their agency to the girl who tells the Earl and then Tuppence cons the Earl into paying double for their 24 hour guaranteed results special. Tommy is appalled. God I love Tuppence. She's freaking hilarious. Albert would be a close second. They're both so utterly dramatic and it's perfection. Tommy is the perfect foil to their craziness. This one was brilliant.

2.3: THE AFFAIR OF THE PINK PEARL: Being amateurs to detecting, Tommy comes up with a plan to get some technique by trying out different fictional detective styles just as they get a new case. A pink pearl has gone missing and they're hired to find it. Lol they're so full of shit. They bluff their way through before Tommy brilliantly solves the case. It's the French maid who is actually a thief and hides the pink pearl in a cake of soap. He snaps a picture of her and takes it to Scotland Yard.

2.4: THE ADVENTURE OF THE SINISTER STRANGER: Ooh spies! Someone has caught on that something is not right at the International Detective Agency and they send some people to check. I didn't like this as much as the others. Although it was kind of funny with Tommy pretending to be Francis and having it confirmed because he pocketed a present Tuppence had for her friend Francis. .

2.5: FINESSING THE KING: Tommy and Tuppence decide to branch out with the detective skills - choosing to emulate some American detective styles. They end up following a newspaper ad to a ball where a woman winds up dead. Just before she dies though she says Bingo. This case continues in The Gentleman Dressed in Newspaper.

2.6: THE GENTLEMAN DRESSED IN NEWSPAPER: Inspector Marriot arrives with the husband of the dead woman, Sir Arthur. He is unconvinced that Bingo Hale could have murdered his wife. Tuppence manages to solve the case when Tommy makes an offhand remark that sparks her little grey cells. The husband killed her because the wife was planning to run off with her lover, Bingo Hale and he would be cut off from her money. She said Bingo because her husband was in costume at the time - and Bingo was tricked into not going to their arranged meeting. I didn't really like this one.

2.7: THE CASE OF THE MISSING LADY: A fiancee returns for his beloved only to find she's nowhere to be found. He hires Tommy and Tuppence to find her. They find her but are appalled when they do - she's not missing, she's panicking. Her fiancee hates fat women and in the two years he's been gone she's put on weight. Still, I liked this;

“Come on,” said Tuppence, with determination. “What are you going to do?” “I’m going to climb over the wall and see if I can’t get up to the house quietly without being seen.” “Right. I’m with you.”

Christie, Agatha. The Complete Tommy & Tuppence Collection (Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries) . William Morrow Paperbacks. Kindle Edition.


The dedication to his wife. I mean at that point they didn't know she was fat. They thought she was in real danger.


2.8: BLINDMAN'S BUFF: In this one they're busy practising their detective skills by pretending to be blind and making deductions. When they go for lunch they are accosted by the mysterious ham merchant they've been on the lookout for. They manage to escape and catch the bad guys. It was amusing to see them play the detective games - I liked how into they all got.

2.9: THE MAN IN THE MIST: Tommy and Tuppence meet an actress who asks for their help. When they go to meet her they find her dead. For all it was longer I didn't really like this one all that much. And I think I've read something very similar before - not that I can remember where but still.

2.10: THE CRACKLER: Inspector Marriot needs some help. One of his cases involves counterfeit money and the people he needs to get close to are friends of friends of Tommy and Tuppence. So he sends them in undercover. I enjoyed the ending to this one. Marking the door with chalk but dropping a bottle of valerian (which apparently cats love) in front of the door so that the police weren't relying on the chalk cross but the neighbor of cats.

2.11: THE SUNNINGDALE MYSTERY: Tommy and Tuppence discuss a man who was murdered on a golf course by a woman with a hatpin. I liked the creativity of this one. It sounded like a pretty clever way of murdering someone. There's outfit changes and all. And I liked Inspector Marriot ribbing them about the string and their reading habits.

2.12: THE HOUSE OF THE LURKING DEATH: Lois Hargreaves comes to see them when she suspects a member of her household is trying to kill her. This was alright, not my favourite though.

2.13: THE UNBREAKABLE ALIBI: A woman (an Australian!) makes a bet that she can construct a perfect alibi and the man she bet needs help to break it. I loved this one. I guessed the solution pretty quickly but I enjoyed the story nonetheless.

2.14: THE CLERGYMAN'S DAUGHTER: A clergyman's daughter inherits a haunted house. She hires Tuppence and Tommy to get to the bottom of it. Case continued in The Red House.

2.15: THE RED HOUSE: Tommy and Tuppence visit the Red House and figure out why someone would want to make everyone believe it's haunted. It was the maid. And her nephew. Because the old lady who died hid her wealth on the estate. I kind of wanted Monica to drive the price of the house up further and then sell and have the money from the treasure and the house.

2.16: THE AMBASSADOR'S BOOTS: The ambassador asks Tommy and Tuppence to investigate a small puzzle - why someone would want to steal his kitbag and then return it. I didn't see the conclusion of this one. Well the bit about why the bag was taken. Or given rather. I liked Albert lassoing the guy. Like out of all the ways you can subdue someone he's reading up on and practising lassoing. I guessed why Tommy was delaying them with stories about a taxi and people following and that Tuppence was to follow and beat them there. But the rest was a nice surprise.

2.17: THE MAN WHO WAS NO. 16: The Russian superspy No. 16 makes an appearance. Or appearances as the case may be. I liked the conclusion to this - No. 16 had hidden Tuppence inside the bed. On the other hand, it annoyed me that Tuppence was taken out and had little to do with it. I prefer it when they both display brilliance. Or Tuppence manages to mostly save herself and Tommy gets there while she's escaping or something. I did like that Albert cheered Tommy up and reminded him that Tuppence is indestructible. I also liked that she's thought of as such. ( )
  funstm | Dec 30, 2022 |
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Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are Partners in Crime-or rather partners in crime solving-and must demonstrate their deductive skills in a wide range of confounding cases after agreeing to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency. Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are restless for adventure, so when they are asked to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency, they leap at the chance. Their first case is a success-the triumphant recovery of a pink pearl. Other cases soon follow-a stabbing on Sunningdale golf course; cryptic messages in the personal columns of newspapers; and even a box of poisoned chocolates. But can they live up to their slogan of "Any case solved in 24 hours"?

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