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Tommy and Tuppence

glalonzo0408glalonzo0408 Pennsylvania, United States ✭✭✭
I have tried, several times, to read a Tommy and Tuppence book and quite frankly, I couldn't get past the first few pages, I have never finished a book.  I love AC, am I missing something?  Should I continue reading, do they get better?  Which would you recommend for me to read?

The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes.

Agatha Christie



  • MissQuinMissQuin ✭✭✭
    edited October 2013
    Which book were you trying  to read? I think that there's a reason why Tommy and Tuppence aren't as well know as Poirot. I don't find any of the stories as ingenious as a Poirot. Nor do they have the emotional impact that Miss Marple can. I think the Mr Quin stories are a better standard. I think people tend to love them or hate them. 

    The Secret Adversary is quite good if you like something in vein of The Man In The Brown Suit, or Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

    I thought N Or M? is a good book too, it's more like a Miss Marple than any other T&T. Admittedly it's very easy to work out the plot. 

    The  first T&T read- part of By The Pricking of my Thumbs and I found it dull. It's also quite gloomy, there's lot's of monolouges about the past being a happier place. I avoided the rest of the T&T books for some years. Then I thought I'd try again. 

    As for Postern Of Fate, I posted my thoughts on this forum. If it wasn't written by Agatha Christie I doubt most people would bother reading it to the end.

    I watched the Partners In Crime series and I found it fun. As it seems purposely filmed in a lighthearted way, it's easier to get into. I've not read all the Partners In Crime stories. I've read extracts and found it quite hard to stomach.  

    There are times when the couple infuriate me! I mean they can walk right into traps when the reader can see them coming a mile off! Also wheras most AC books seem timeless, there's something modish about some of the Tommy and Tuppence stories. 

    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭

    They are the only ones of the Beresfords, Poirot and Miss Marple who age, I love the way they come upon heir Adventures In the Novels, They are Whimsical, Fun and I am sorry you don't like them, Yes,By The Pricking Of My Thumb is gloomy but they are separated by circumstance and Tommy is worried About Tuppence,

    I think a lot of the books Agatha Christie Wrote wouldn't be read by people if Agatha Christie hadn't written them, I can think of a few Poirit's and Miss Marple books I wouldn't bother with if they weren't written by her. The Bundle Books do have a Beresford feel about them and Why Didn't They Ask Evans and IMHO to some extent The Clocks, I think you obviously think the Mr Quin Books are of a better standard or you wouldn't have called yourself Miss Quinn, I personally find them Dull with the occasional good bit, each to their own.

  • Poor Glanonzo, you've been given two entirely opposite views of Tommy and Tuppence! Anyway, I'd love to know which books you've read.

    Have you read Parker Pyne or Mr Quin stories? If you don't enjoy the other T&T books then  maybe you'll like those.
    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    That shows that people have differing views, one man's meat is another man's poison like life.
  • ChristeryChristery Rhode Island, United States ✭✭✭
    The Tommy and Tuppence stories are definitely a more acquired taste than the Poirot and Marple ones and there is a reason they are not as well known. To me they seem more dated in the early 1900s era. I think that Christie liked them because they were young and devil-may-care as opposed to Poirot and Marple. I do enjoy their books and I like the fact that Christie lets them age so that every time we meet them they are older and have changed somewhat. Tuppence is supposed to be viewed as that wild and carefree "modern girl" who sees life as a fun lark. she's lighthearted and up for anything and Tommy is like her true love and "anchor". Later on they're the married crime-solving couple ( like Nick and Nora Charles). One can see where Christie probably found them a welcome change from writing about the elderly Poirot and Marple.
  • MissQuinMissQuin ✭✭✭
    edited December 2013
    That's a really good summary of Tommy and Tuppence. I think that Tuppence is probably not as daring as Bundle Brent but still brave. I have wondered what it would have been like if they hadn't became a couple in the first book? Would there have been romantic friction between them  keeping the reader in suspense to read the next T&T to see if they get together? 

    I think that the style of writing has dated a little on the early books. Some quotes from Partners in Crime. Also the fact that alot of people don't know who T&T are parodying, is one reason why it's hard to join in the amusement.  

    Has anyone seen the TV series? I actually really liked it. It was so obviously meant to be light and frothy and not intellectually demanding. In fact I watched it a few years ago, I found it a refreshing change to the usual bodies in a autopsy room that modern TV  are so fond of showing us! One of the best things was the costumes, so so glamorous. 

    So  the early books offer something different.
    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • I've mentioned this before but I read The Secret Adversary not that long ago and I found it really enjoyable. I liked the youthful enthusiasm and daring shown by the two and I found the story to be full of action and twists and turns. This has lead to a very positive opinion of Tommy and Tuppence, however, I will reserve judgment somewhat because I haven't read any other of the books about them.

    If you are sick of reading Poirot or Miss Marple and looking for something with a different flavour then T&T can definitely deliver that.
  • JonathonJonathon Ohio, United States Fan
    I discovered Agatha Christie the summer before my senior year in high school. It was a summer reading assignment and one of the options was Murder on the Orient Express. I choose that one and as the saying goes, the rest is history. After that, I wanted nothing but to keep reading Hercule Poirot novels. A few years later and I soon read nearly all of Poirot's books, so I moved to Miss Marple. Again, fell in love instantly. Same story as before and I went on to Tommy and Tuppence. Once again, love at first sight. Bottom line, I am a huge Christie fan and I love every single one of her books. So my answer is YES keep reading. 
  • It is interesting what Miss Quin and Tommy_A_Jones say about Mr Quin, having read them I felt they were incredible similar to the Sherlock Holmes stories.
  • I think I should explain why...Both detecives are mysteriouse...men...have a assistant who is old...both are younger than the assistant....both in short story form...both mysteriouse names...both solve mysteriouse...both stories focus on the assistant rather than the detective.
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