The book features her detectives Tommy and Tuppence Beresford and is the detectives' last appearance. It is the last novel Christie wrote, but not the last to be published as it was followed by two previously unpublished novels from the s.
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It is one of only five Christie novels to have not received an adaptation of any kind, the others being Death Comes as the End , Destination Unknown , They Came to Baghdad , and Passenger to Frankfurt. Now in their seventies though the author never states their age clearly , Tommy and Tuppence move to a quiet English village, looking forward to a peaceful retirement.
But, as they soon discover, their rambling old house holds secrets.
Who is Mary Jordan? And why has someone left a code message in an old book about her 'unnatural' death? Once more, ingenuity and insight are called for as they are drawn into old mysteries and new dangers.
Most critics remarked how noticeable Christie's advanced age is here. For example, the main characters Tommy and Tuppence, also of advanced age, seem to forget in one chapter what they discussed in the previous chapter. Some conversations seem to be repeated again and again, before any action takes place.
Some puzzles which are obvious and easy to solve for the reader take chapters to be tackled by the main characters.
Maurice Richardson in The Observer of 11 November was positive in his review: "Now in their seventies, the Beresfords, that amateur detective couple of hers whom some of us found too sprightly for comfort, have acquired a Proustian complexity.
A code message in an Edwardian children's book puts them on to the murder of a governess involved in a pre German spy case. Past and present go on interlocking impressively.
Despite political naivety; this is a genuine tour de force with a star part for Hannibal, the Manchester Terrier. Best and easily forgotten. According to The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English , this novel is one of the "execrable last novels" in which Christie purportedly "loses her grip altogether".
This change, along with the use of indeterminate words and repetitiveness, are indicative of Alzheimer's disease , although Christie was never diagnosed with the disorder. The book has many references to other Tommy and Tuppence books as well as cultural references.
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We learn that Tuppence and Tommy's twin daughter Deborah is now mother of three children, that the adopted daughter Betty lives in Kenya and that the wife of Albert, the loyal valet, has recently died. Mr Robinson, the "yellow, big man" from Passenger to Frankfurt appears here, as do Colonel Pikeaway and Horsham, the latter posing undercover as a gardener.
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