Partners in Crime Agatha Christie. CONTENTS. 1. A Fairy in the Flat. 2. A Pot of Tea. 3. The Affair of The Pink Pearl. 4. The Affair of The Pink Pearl. Tommy Beresford & Tuppence Cowley, Book 2, Partners in Crime · Read more The Secret Adversary: Agatha Christie's First Tommy and Tuppence Mystery. Jan 1, AGATHA CHRISTIE'S PARTNERS IN CRIME. BBC One brings Agatha Christie's married couple Tommy and Tuppence to life in two new.

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Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are Partners in Crime—or rather partners in crime solving—and must demonstrate their deductive skills in a . Partners in Crime is a short story collection by British writer Agatha Christie, first published by Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version  Literary significance and - References or Allusions - Film, TV or theatrical. Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime is a British television series based on the short stories . Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.

Upon his return he shares the news that Dr Horriston has a reputation as "a most unscrupulous quack After dark, the two return to the house. Tuppence ascends a ladder to a second floor window, where she sees a woman strapped to the bed and writhing in pain. She recognises the woman as Mrs Leigh Gordon. While Tuppence is watching, a nurse enters the room and injects the woman with an unknown substance.

Tuppence informs Tommy of what she has seen and then ascends the ladder again, leaving him to keep a look out while she tries to free the woman. A few moments pass and Tommy is startled by a hand upon his shoulder, but it is Tuppence, having left by the front door of the house.

She informs Tommy that the case is solved. Hermione Leigh Gordan is at the nursing home by choice for a quick weight loss program. The only problem is that Stavansson has returned early, just at the time she had started the treatments. Feeling foolish, the young detectives leave quickly, with Tommy commenting that there is no need to place the case in their records, in the fashion of Sherlock Holmes, as "It has absolutely no distinctive features.

Tommy receives a phone call from Mr Carter warning him and Tuppence that the people connected with the Russian letters on blue paper have become aware that they have taken Blunt's place, and to expect developments any time soon. Tommy suggests Tuppence waits in the safety of their home but she refuses. Tommy suggests an exercise in following the methods of the blind detective Thornley Colton.

He dons a pair of black eyeshades and practises badly his awareness of his surroundings by use of his other senses. Tommy decides he and Tuppence will go for lunch at the Blitz hotel so that he can practise further in the surroundings of the restaurant. At the Blitz, they are soon joined by two men who have been observing the pair and who say that Blunt has been pointed out to them, although one of them admits he did not know Theodore Blunt was blind.

They have been to the office and learned they were at lunch, and by coincidence have stopped at the same restaurant. One man introduces himself as the Duke of Blairgowrie and his friend is Captain Harker. The Duke's daughter has been kidnapped "under somewhat peculiar circumstances" which mean that he cannot call in the police, and he wants Blunt to accompany them to his house immediately.

Tommy agrees, but not before he has drunk a cup of coffee and given Tuppence instructions for a meal at the hotel tomorrow, at which he will dine with the French Prefect of Police.

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That done, they leave with Tommy and the Duke taking a different car to that of Captain Harker and Tuppence. It is a trap and the "Duke" is connected with the Russian letters. He prods a pistol at Tommy and takes him to a hideout where he is bound to a chair while the "Duke" gloats over him.

He tells Tommy that the floor of the room they are in is metal and now electrified. He is going to make Tommy walk across the floor, even though he is blind. If he steps on a contact point, he will die.

He hands him his white cane and unties him and the "game" is about to commence. Tommy coolly takes out a cigarette and match but he has anticipated the trap and instead lights a magnesium wire he is carrying. The flare blinds the "Duke" who lowers his pistol and then he finds himself at the point of Tommy's cane, which is a swordstick. Tommy reveals that his dark shades were false and he has been able to see all the time. The "Duke" springs forward with rage and steps on a contact point, dying instantly.

Tommy escapes the house and rings Tuppence from a call box. She is safe. Tommy's "order" at the hotel was in fact a set of code words from Clinton H Stagg's stories for Albert to fetch help.

Albert tailed Tuppence, and he and the police freed her from "Captain Harker". Tommy and Tuppence have had a setback, failing to solve their latest case involving a stolen pearl necklace. Instead, the local police inspector apprehended the culprit. Having withdrawn to lick their wounds with cocktails in a hotel, they meet an old acquaintance, Mervyn Estcourt, known as "Bulger", who is in the company of the famous actress Gilda Glen.

She is renowned for her beauty and rumoured to be notable for her lack of intelligence. Miss Glen seems puzzled by Tommy's Father Brown disguise and Tommy ambiguously confirms his detective credentials. The directions from Bulger as to the way back to the station include a walk down Morgan's Avenue.

Miss Glen is startled by this advice and Bulger laughs at her belief that the road in question is haunted by the ghost of a policeman who was killed and yet still walks his spectral beat. Miss Glen leaves hurriedly. Bulger tells them that she is engaged to marry Lord Leconbury, who meets the actress outside the door to the hotel. Bulger leaves soon afterwards and Tommy receives a note from Miss Glen asking for his help and for him to call on her at The White House, Morgan's Avenue, at 6.

A shabbily dressed and aggressive young man bursts into the hotel. Sitting near Tommy and Tuppence, he tells them that his name is James Reilly, and he is a pacifist poet enamoured of Gilda. She once cared for him, but does so no longer since her engagement to Lord Leconbury. Still angry, he leaves as suddenly as he arrived. Tommy and Tuppence walk to Morgan's Avenue, in a thick fog.

Tuppence is startled when a policeman looms up out of the mist just near to the White House. Recovering herself, she sees Reilly enter the house.

The policeman confirms that the house is the residence of Mrs Honeycott, and that he saw someone who resembles Miss Glen enter there a few minutes before. About to enter the house, they hear a cry and Reilly runs out, leaving what looks like red paint from his hand on a gatepost as he does so. The two enter the house and meet Ellen, the maid, who is indignant about the visit by Reilly. Then they meet Mrs Honeycott.

Partners in Crime A Tommy & Tuppence Adventure

Mistaking Tommy for a real priest, she asks for his help with Gilda who is her sister. Some twenty years before, at the age of seventeen, she married a man against the wishes of her family, and now wants a divorce to marry Lord Leconbury.

Her husband is refusing to grant her this wish, although the marriage took place so long ago that Mrs Honeycott cannot remember his name. She confirms that it was Reilly whom she saw rush upstairs and as quickly down again. Tommy asks to be shown upstairs where they find Gilda's body, her head smashed in on one side by a blunt instrument. Tuppence fetches the policeman from outside. Questioning reveals that Mrs Honeycott heard her sister entering the house at eight minutes past six as she was re-setting the main clock.

This agrees with the time at which the policeman himself saw the actress enter, just before Tommy and Tuppence walked up Morgan's Avenue. Reilly insists that the woman was dead when he entered her room.

That would mean either Ellen or Mrs Honeycott killed her. Tommy suddenly realises no one inside the house saw Gilda enter, they only heard the door open.

Before that the two women already in the house were in the kitchen, where they could not see or hear anyone entering with a key. Just because they heard the door banging, it does not prove anything. It could just as easily have been someone leaving the house, like the policeman they saw at the gate and who carries a truncheon, which would serve as the blunt instrument needed to carry out the deed, especially as the policeman was Gilda's husband of long-ago. Blunt's detective agency is doing well.

Tommy considers they may need a larger office, in part to accommodate the shelf-space needed to store the classics books by Edgar Wallace if they are to copy his methods of detection.

Inspector Marriot calls on the two sleuths with his mission for them: A large number of well- forged one-pound notes are in circulation and he wants them to track down the source.

The West End seems to be the starting point in England, and some have come from across the Channel. The police are especially interested in the activities of Major Laidlaw who is involved in horse racing circles.

He and his French wife seem to have a lot of money. Although it could be a coincidence, a large number of the notes have come from a gambling club used by the Laidlaws and this, together with the racing, could be an ideal way of distributing the forgeries. Tommy and Tuppence make their plans to catch the head of the forgers, or 'The Crackler' as Tommy calls him, named after the sound that a rustled banknote makes. The two are soon ensconced in the Laidlaw's circle of friends.

Heroulade, is an object of suspicion. They observe how notes are passed by the Laidlaws to lay their bets. Among each wad of notes there are some forgeries. Marguerite Laidlaw is a striking woman and has a string of admirers. Among them is a visiting wealthy American called Hank Ryder who tells Tommy that she is in fear of her husband. Ryder also notices the forged notes, as his bank rejected them. The next night Tommy is at the gambling club, Mrs Laidlaw passes him small notes to exchange for one of a higher denomination.

Among them are several forgeries. His suspicions are directed to M.

Heroulade, but his attention is caught when he leaves the club and finds Hank Ryder drunk in the street outside. In his slurred ramblings he tells Tommy how Mrs Laidlaw took him on a treasure hunt which included a visit to Whitechapel where she "found" five hundred pounds. Tommy takes Ryder to the district and the house they visited earlier. As the row of terraced dwellings look identical, Tommy chalks a small cross at the base of the back door before they enter.

Ryder thinks he hears someone coming and goes back out to investigate. Tommy goes further into the house and finds the counterfeiting gang and The Crackler himself — Hank Ryder. Ryder captures Tommy and tells him that he marked every door with a cross. Ryder's satisfaction is cut short when Marriot and the police burst into the room and arrest the gang. Tommy tells Ryder that when he was chalking the door, he emptied a bottle of valerian on the ground, thus attracting the neighbourhood cats to the smell.

This was his pre-arranged sign to Albert who, on his orders, followed them to Whitechapel. To test his abilities as this detective, he has brought along a cutting from a newspaper on the recent case known as the Sunningdale Mystery.

Captain Anthony Sessle and Mr Hollaby, business partners and members of Sunningdale Golf Club , played a full round of golf on the course on a Wednesday and then decided to play a few more holes before it became dark.

As they approached the tee on the seventh hole, Hollaby saw Sessle talking to a mysterious woman in a brown coat. They went off, talking, down a side path, and after a moment Sessle reappeared. Something had upset him for his game fell apart and two holes later Sessle gave up and walked off alone, presumably to his bungalow home.

The existence of the woman in brown, Sessle's temporary departure with her, and his subsequent poor game were witnessed by two other members who were behind them on the course. The next morning, Sessle was found dead on the seventh tee, stabbed with a hatpin through the heart. The police found forensic evidence on the man that led them to trace a young woman called Doris Evans.

She was arrested and told a story of meeting Sessle at a cinema. He invited her to his bungalow on a day when, as she learned later, his wife and servants would be away. On the day in question, the man met her as he arrived home from the golf course. He behaved strangely and then, suggesting a stroll, he took her to the golf course.

On the seventh tee he suddenly became deranged and produced a revolver , wildly suggesting a suicide pact. Doris escaped his grasp and ran off. It has come to light that Sessle and Hollaby's assurance business is in liquidation and the funds embezzled.

Over their table, Tuppence counters that Doris did not murder the man, as very few women nowadays use hatpins. That suggests that a man not conversant with fashions committed the crime and tried to frame a woman. Tommy soon remembers that near the seventh hole on the course is a small hut, and the two talk about the possibility that the woman in brown could have been a man in disguise.

This leads them to wonder which man. Linked to Tuppence's theory that the embezzler of the company was not Sessle but Hollaby and his son, they speculate that the woman was Hollaby Junior in disguise. They reconstruct the crime: Hollaby's son in disguise lures Sessle away in full view of the other two players on the course.

He stabs him with a hatpin and hides the body in a hut, changing into the coat of the dead man. The two witnesses on the course see at a distance the deterioration in his game and "Sessle" then goes to his bungalow where he meets Doris Evans as arranged and goes through a series of actions which lead to the innocent woman being arrested.

The Beresfords wonder how to convince the police of the plausibility of their theory.


Inspector Marriot sits at the next table, listening intently to them. He was suspicious of the Hollabys and promises to set enquiries in motion. The Beresfords receive a professional visit from a smartly dressed young woman, Lois Hargreaves of Thurnly Grange, her house in the country. One week before, her household received a box of chocolates anonymously through the post.

Not liking chocolates, she did not eat any, and consequently she was the only one who was not taken ill afterwards. The cause was arsenic poisoning and this is the third occurrence in the area of such a gift and its after-effects. What perturbs Miss Hargreaves is that the paper in which the chocolates were wrapped was re-used from a previous parcel sent to the Grange, evidenced by a small doodle of three intertwined fish that she drew on it.

The poisoner is therefore someone in her own home. Miss Hargreaves is a rich heiress. She inherited her fortune from her aunt, the wealthy widow Lady Radclyffe. Lady Radclyffe had invited Lois to live with her, and she always made it clear to Lois that she intended to leave the bulk of her estate to Dennis Radclyffe, her late husband's nephew.

After a quarrel with the young man she quietly changed her will in favour of Lois. Three weeks earlier, when she turned 21, Lois made a will leaving her money to Dennis. He lives at the Grange with her, as does Miss Logan, an old lady who is a cousin of Dennis and a former companion to Lady Radclyffe. Mary Chilcott, an old schoolfriend of Lois, is also living at the Grange. It was at the Miller's residence that Clara met Frederick, her maternal aunt's step-son.

She and Frederick soon developed a romantic relationship and were married in April Their second child, Louis Montant — , was born in the U. It was here that her third and final child, Agatha, was born. As a result, her parents were responsible for teaching her to read and write and to master basic arithmetic, a subject she particularly enjoyed. They also taught her music, and she learned to play both the piano and the mandolin.

However, thanks to her own curiosity, Agatha taught herself to read much earlier. When a little older, she moved on to reading the surreal verse of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll.

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She eventually made friends with a group of other girls in Torquay, noting that "one of the highlights of my existence" was her appearance with them in a youth production of Gilbert and Sullivan 's The Yeomen of the Guard , in which she played the hero, Colonel Fairfax.

His death in November , aged 55, left the family in an uncertain economic situation. Clara and Agatha continued to live together in their Torquay home, Madge had moved to Abney Hall in Cheadle, Cheshire, with her new husband, and Monty had joined the army and been sent to South Africa to fight in the Boer War.

Agatha later claimed that her father's death, occurring when she was 11 years old, marked the end of her childhood. They decided to spend time together in the warmer climate of Cairo, then a regular tourist destination for wealthy Britons; they stayed for three months at the Gezirah Palace Hotel. Christie attended many social functions in search of a husband. She visited ancient Egyptian monuments such as the Great Pyramid of Giza , but did not exhibit the great interest in archaeology and Egyptology that became prominent in her later years.

She also helped put on a play called The BlueBeard of Unhappiness with female friends. Her writing extended to both poetry and music. Some early works saw publication, but she decided against focusing on writing or music as future professions. This was about 6, words on the topic of "madness and dreams", a subject of fascination for her. Biographer Janet Morgan commented that, despite "infelicities of style", the story was nevertheless "compelling".

Magazines rejected all her early submissions, made under pseudonyms, although some were revised and published later, often with new titles.

She was perturbed when the various publishers she contacted all declined. She then met Archibald Christie — [20] at a dance given by Lord and Lady Clifford at Ugbrooke , about 12 miles 19 kilometres from Torquay. Archie was born in India , the son of a barrister in the Indian Civil Service. He was an army officer who was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps in April The couple quickly fell in love. Upon learning that he would be stationed in Farnborough , Archie proposed marriage, and Agatha accepted.

They married on the afternoon of Christmas Eve at Emmanuel Church, Clifton, Bristol , which was close to the home of his parents, while Archie was on home leave. Agatha involved herself in the war effort. Ruth Rendell, A Sleeping Life James, Original Sin ; Harmondsworth: Penguin, Margery Allingham, Death of a Ghost Ngaio Marsh, Photo-Finish See Chapter 4 for a full study.

Ngaio Marsh, Grave Mistake Ngaio Marsh, Vintage Murder Ngaio Marsh, Hand in Glove James, Shroud for a Nightingale See Chapter 2 for a full study. James, Death of an Expert Witness Ruth Rendell, From Doon with Death Agatha Christie, Appointment with Death Agatha Christie, Murder in Mesopotamia Margery Allingham, Police at the Funeral Ngaio Marsh, Opening Night James, Devices and Desires James, The Skull Beneath the Skin Ruth Rendell, Simisola Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express Margery Allingham, The Mind Readers Ngaio Marsh, Artists in Crime Monica receives a message soon afterwards from "Dr O'Neill" that his own offer has increased.

Carter's particular request is that they watch for letters on blue paper sent to Mr Blunt from a purported ham merchant anxious to trace his refugee wife.

Tuppence puts it to him that he too was at the Ace of Spades, dressed in a nearly identical masked costume. Under the bolster on the bed, Tommy finds Tuppence — he realised that there wasn't enough time to bind and gag Mrs Van Snyder, drug Tuppence, and disguise her as a Frenchman.

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Soon after his return, his valet informed him that his kit bag, which carried his initials, had been mistakenly taken by another passenger on board the liner with the same initials — Senator Ralph Westerham, also from the US — but quickly returned by that man's valet. James, Cover Her Face A third novel again featured Poirot, Murder on the Links , as did short stories commissioned by Bruce Ingram, editor of The Sketch magazine.

Tommy and Tuppence look over the papers and realise that one of them contains a puzzle anagram.