2008: 164. Partners in Crime

“Mrs. Thomas Beresford shifted her position on the divan and looked gloomily out of the window of the flat.”

Partners in Crime, Agatha Christie

This was one of my favorite Christie’s growing up.  It is the second Tommy & Tuppence novel - in this one, the two are employed by the Government to run a detective agency that might just be a front for Bolshevik activities.  As they await certain letters that will expose the nefarious plot, they pretend to be detectives, relying on “the classics.”  In other words, in each adventure they pretend to be a different famous detective of fiction, and use those techniques to solve the case.  Although almost none of the detectives they emulate are familiar to me (and thus haven’t remained that classic), except for Sherlock Holmes, and in a bit of fun, Hercule Poirot.*  Despite the fact that I’d never heard of most of the detectives names, what always made the stories fun for me is that Tommy and Tuppence are fun - particularly Tuppence, who is a hoot.  In fact, it is Tuppence’s boredom with their humdrum, post-Secret Adversary life that prompts them to get involved with this scheme in the first place.  And while the end of the book (in which Tuppence gives up adventure for a baby) is a little gross from a feminist perspective (it’s the way that it’s written, more than the act of it), the fact is that she did nothing of the sort - as the two other T&T novels show!

*Irony - at the time the novel was written, Poirot had only been around for about five books, and certainly Christie’s tongue was in her cheek when she included him.  However, there is no doubt that, except for Holmes, he is the most famous detective cited - the one with the most cultural staying power!!


Date/Place Completed: 10/26/08; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Re-read; Agatha Christie Project


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