Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Book Review: Partners in Crime

Partners in Crime

By:  Agatha Christie

Publisher:  Signet Mysteries, Penguin Books

Publish Date:  November 2000

Genre:  Mystery

Format:  Paperback, 217 pgs - Pocket size

Series:  I am not sure if it is considered a series, but part of Featuring Tommy and Tuppence Beresford.

Recommendation:  If you are a mystery lover, they you probably already love Agatha Christie.  If not this is for straight mystery for people.

Book Synopsis:
Who is the beautiful actress whose trail leads to a perfectly staged murder?  What are a mother and daughter to do when a haunted house becomes their deadly inheritance?  Where better than a costume ball to conceal the identity of a masked killer?  A variety of uncanny crimes calls for a variety of resolve.  In this "hilarious burlesque of detective fiction" (New York Times), two of Agatha Christie's most adventurous sleuths, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, adopt the methods and manners of every major literary detective from Hercule Poirot to Sherlock Homes to piece together an increasingly complex series of delightfully different - and deadly - misdeeds.

First Sentence:
Mrs. Thomas Beresford shifted her position on the divan and looked gloomily out of the window of the flat.

My Review and Summary:
I am sure many of you are wondering what this book is doing here.  Well, I read it with the TuesBookTalk on twitter.  (You are welcome to join us for our next book discussion if you would like!)  I stick pretty much to fantasy and paranormal reads, so thought I would expand my horizons - or something like that - and give different genre a quick try.  Doing discussions with others is what helps keep me into reading the books.

This book is a collection of short mysteries in which Tommy and Tuppence work their way through posing as detectives owning their own agency, as asked by Scotland Yard, to catch a mean suspect.  Tommy and Tuppence are wonderful characters.  They have great humor and love to pick on each other.  I really enjoyed the teasing of each other.  And this lovely couple act out different detectives for each case, based on what they know of the case.  You really get a small glimps of how they see other detectives in the books.


  1. I'm really glad you liked the stories.....I'm eventually going to get you to read more of her books.

  2. Wow! You and Robyn sure are quick on the draw with these reviews. It will probably take me a week...I'm such a procrastinator! Great review. And I'm glad that TuesBookTalk is expanding your horizons. We certainly love having you with us for the discussions. Now, if I can just get my sister to be as dedicated!

    How funny...I had to put this in before I posted. The word verification was the last name of my husband's grandparents...LOL!

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  4. Ryan - I am sure you will get me to read more of Agatha's books. :) I did enjoy this. Now I will have to try a full scale book.

    Michelle - I have to get the reviews out quick, before I move on to the next read. I am afraid I will mix up my feelings because of the next book I read. Your sister will come around :) It is great when she is there. That is wild you got as word verifiction the last name of you husbands grandparents. What are the odds! :)

  5. I will have to recommend this book to my mom. She loves mysteries. I've never read an Agatha book... yet. :)

    Thanks for the review.

  6. I'm not much of a mystery reader, but Agatha Christie is pretty good. Glad to hear that you enjoyed this one!

  7. I have only read two of Agatha Christies books and Ryan is the one who talked me into it, too! Haha! Glad you liked this one! I'll have to try this one out because I've loved the books I have read by her and I wouldn't mind another good mystery. Great review :)

  8. Melissa - This was my first Agatha book. I was happy with it and it was a quick easy read. I still like paranormal with my mystery but it was a good read. :)

    Alexa - I prefer my mystery in the paranormal world and such. But it was a fun quick read.

    Krista - Thanks! Ryan has been trying to get me to read an Agatha Christie book for a while too. I just may have to pick up a full book now after reading this one with the short mysteries in it. :)

  9. Ahhh... mysteries. I had a mystery phase waaaay back when=) Good times. I do have a friend who eats these up. I will have to ask her if she read it!=)

  10. Chasity - Hi! I usually read my paranormal and fantasy books, but this was a fun read - about normal people ;) lol. I hope your friend enjoyed it, or enjoys it when they do read it.


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