Saturday, March 31, 2007

Book review: Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie

I tend to read books in waves. I'm a bit compulsive. I’ll go through a phase and read a bunch of books by an author or topic. About twenty years ago I came across a book by Agatha Christie. The book was fun and well written, so I read a couple dozen more.

Agatha Christie wrote 66 mystery novels. Some of her most famous characters are Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. The Wikipedia web site says that about a billion copies of her books were sold in English, and another billion were sold in 103 different languages. Those numbers are just staggering.

My oldest daughter started checking out Agatha Christie novels from the library. She says they are cool. She left a couple books in the van last week. I brought them in and started reading Partners in Crime.

Partners in Crime is a collection of short stories tied together with an overall story arc. The partners are a husband and wife team who solve mysteries. Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are asked by the Secret Service to take over a detective agency in an effort to flush out a master spy. The Beresfords agree. As detectives they have several adventures. Every chapter, or couple chapters, has a single mystery. In the last chapter they capture the master spy that no one else had been able to get a handle on.

The stories take place in the early 1900’s in England. The mysteries happen at various locations and different levels of society. I figure my daughter is learning a little bit of history as she reads these stories.

They are fun. If you haven’t read an Agatha Christie book before, this is a good place to start.

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At A Hen's Pace said...

I went through a stage back in high school, like your daughter, when I read LOTS of Agatha Christies. She sure did a lot to establish the mystery as a genre!


Literary Feline said...

I've never grown tired of Agatha Christie's mysteries. She was one of my favorite mytery writers when I was a teenager and I still count her among my favorites today.

Henry Cate said...

I got our oldest daughter started on Agatha Christie by buying a few from a used book store. My daughter and Janine were about to head off to Chicago. My daughter wanted something new to read, but was reluctant to check something out of the library in case it got lost. We picked up about a dozen books from a used book store and she was happy for at least part of the trip.

You never know what will happen with a trip to a book store.