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An old woman in a nursing home speaks of a child buried behind the fireplace When Tommy and Tuppence visited an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home. By the Pricking of My Thumbs has ratings and reviews. Laurel said: I’ m going to go ahead and give this five stars, because it is fairly rare f. Tuppence meets Miss Marple and together they follow a path of clues that Agatha Christie – Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs ().

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Did she feel it was appropriate to base a character upon Ms. This was an incredibly chilling mystery; I had the cover image and agathx creepy, insane mutterings of the killer burnt into my mind and preventing me from falling asleep. One of the items Aunt Ada had left is a painting of a house by a river.

By the Pricking of My Thumbs

Lancaster who mystifies her with talk about “your poor child” and “something behind the fireplace”. A Tommy and Tuppence mystery in which the intrepid Tuppence takes center stage. There behind the fireplace”. William never painted that boat. The dynamic and dialogue between them is always a joy to read, and whilst part of me misses the snappier exchanges they had in their youth, another part of me likes that we get to see them age throughout the series – and change in both ability and temperament accordingly.

This is the first Tommy and Tuppence series book I have read and it not only met but exceeded my lofty expectations, it’s brilliant. Use the HTML below.

It turns out that the house is divided in a peculiar way, front and back. Time goes at different pace in different places. That Spinster from St. Refresh and try again. In Book 2 Tommy is away for a few days, so Tuppence starts looking for the mystery house on her own. She is t Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacottand was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan. First, he discovers the painting was by an artist called Boscowan, who died several years ago.


Jun 20, Hannah rated it really liked it.

I am going to have to check out the other Tommy and Tuppence novels. Return to Book Page. The manner in which Christie writes about older people too, I suppose indicative of her own era, implies that old old people are at least slightly mad, just by chridtie of being old and no one can expect them agahha be normal. It was the only book of theirs that I could have easily read in one sitting if I’d been lucky enough to have the time because it was a layered, exciting read where the ending wasn’t obvious from the beginning and that made the conclusion even more menacing.

I knocked off one star for this, but I loved the rest of the book. The spinster is 80 and still tough,she likes tormenting Tuppence the nephew’s wife, who has come along. Someone ought to come some time. He starts doing his own investigating. Paperbackpages. This mystery was much more complicated, though, because there were red herrings all over the place and I’m hovering in between a 4 and 5 star rating on this right now, so we’ll just say 4. Teh same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire.

Beresford can’t locate the lady.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. While Tommy is away for short trip so Tuppence decides to do some investigating to try and find the house in the painting. It is not always blood and gore and drugs and open violence that make up a thriller.

Tommy and Tuppence pay a visit to Tommy’s Aunt Ada at her old age home, and fall headlong into a superb mystery. Tommy chuckles in response ] I was in Macbeth at my prep school. Retrieved from ” https: Lancaster was talking about.


There are a couple of other deaths that the doctor thinks might be suspicious. This is a very good Tommy and Tuppence adventure. They are now in semi-retirement.

Lancaster stirs up worry among those in charge with her bizarre, disjointed ramblings about ‘your poor child’ and ‘something behind the fireplace’. My sons are 11 and 13 and they became so wrapped up in the mystery that when the first half was over, they got upset thinking they might have to wait a week to see the ending.

The title comes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, “By the pricking of my thunbs wicked this way comes”. The title of the book comes from Act 4, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare ‘s Macbethwhen the second witch says:. When the movie was over, they sat up for almost an hour talking about it and now they want to read Agatha Christie!

Tommy went to a conference, chrishie he was absent for a few days, so during that time Tuppence did her bh to remember where did she saw that house at the painting. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Tuppence is completely like Miss Marple and Poirot, listening to her instinct and would not stop investigating until she is satisfied.

A recipe for one of Agatha Christie’s most creepy, atmospheric tnumbs The original premise is interesting and has lots of potential but things rapidly go downhill. My goodness I loved this book.

Sometimes I think she was just terribly shy and neurotic. Email required Address never made public.