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When Tommy and Tuppence visit an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they think nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada is a very difficult old lady.
But when Mrs. Lockett mentions a poisoned mushroom stew and Mrs. Lancaster talks about "something behind the fireplace," Tommy and Tuppence find themselves caught up in a spine-chilling adventure that could spell death for either of them . . .
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Not one to let a simple mystery be a simple mystery, Christie mixes in elements of the black arts, long dead children, and unspoken dangers that will raise the hairs on your arm as you follow Tommy and Tuppence on their perilous adventures.Read Full Review of By the Pricking of My Thumbs
The title of the book was taking from a line of Shakespeare in MacBeth. “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes”. Once you realize where the nature of that evil comes from you will see why Christie is considered a master of the game.Read Full Review of By the Pricking of My Thumbs
Even though Tommy and Tuppence were separated much of the novel I really enjoyed their comfortable relationship and willingness to go off on adventures (well, Tuppence mostly). I haven’t read a lot of Christie, but I do plan reading the rest of this series. Loved it.Read Full Review of By the Pricking of My Thumbs
And finally, remind me not to come to any “parties” given by the Beresfords or their friends/colleagues. That sounded like the lamest party in history...I want to like Tommy and Tuppence, I really do. So far I’m just not feeling it with them. Maybe their earlier stories are better.Read Full Review of By the Pricking of My Thumbs
As usual with Christie, the characterisations are light-on and fluffy, and nobody really seems to take anything terribly serious, but the plot is, as always, brilliant conceived.Read Full Review of By the Pricking of My Thumbs
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