By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie

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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.
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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 . . .

 

About Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign countries. She is the author of eighty novels and short-story collections, nineteen plays, and six novels under the name Mary Westmacott. She died in 1976.
 
Published February 10, 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 227 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness on Feb 21 2012

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.

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Reviewed by Angel L. Soto on Nov 26 2016

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.

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Good
on Jun 23 2015

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.

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Below average
on Jan 25 2011

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.

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Above average
on Jan 24 2007

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.

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