Agatha Christie – By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968)

BythePrickingofMyThumbs

Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: Who — Crime-Solving Duo
Cloak and Dagger Challenge #97
TBR #67
Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge #4
Date Finished: July 5, 2018

After the death of Tommy’s aunt, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford inherit a landscape painting of a canal-side house, which had been given to the aunt by another woman at the same nursing home. Tuppence is certain she has seen that house before, and when the woman is taken from the home and disappears, Tuppence goes in search of the house, getting herself involved in a village with a dark background of killings and robberies.

Tommy and Tuppence return here as “elderly” people, but seem to be in their early 60s, with old people in the nursing home being in their 70s. When I first put this on my shelf thirty-some years ago as a teenager, I probably thought these characters too old to be interesting, but my how the perspective on aging changes as I’m closer to Tommy and Tuppence’s ages than I am to where I was when I bought the book. Although this is a lesser and later Christie, I found it enjoyable enough, though it bogged down a bit in the middle when the focus switched to Tommy. The return of the couple is fun and it is too bad that they had so few adventures.

Just the Facts Silver Card 2018-07-05

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