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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tommy and Tuppence Mysteries Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781455174249
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Just after World War I, Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley are desperately short of money. With a shortage of job opportunities, they form a partnership, hiring themselves out as “young adventurers, willing to do anything, go anywhere.” In their first dangerous assignment, they must use all their ingenuity to save not only their own lives but also the life of a mysterious girl.

The girl in the photograph has been missing for five years. Neither her body nor the secret documents she was carrying have ever been found. Now postwar England’s economic recovery depends on finding her and getting the papers back. But the two young Brits working undercover for the ministry, Tommy and Tuppence, know only that her name was Jane Finn and the only photo of her is in the hands of her rich American cousin. They don’t yet know about a mysterious and ruthless man called “Mr. Brown” or the beautiful but sinister older woman who knows all about Jane Finn—and therefore must die.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Refreshingly original.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “An excellent yarn…reader[s] will find it as impossible as we did to put it aside until the mystery has been fathomed.”

    Daily Chronicle (London)

  • “We promise our readers an exciting story of adventure, full of hairbreadth escapes, and many disappointments if they try to guess the riddle before the author is ready to give them the clue…An excellent story.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Nadia May reads with her usual charging enthusiasm…She enlivens the repartee between the two leads, relishes the other characters, and enjoys herself immensely.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 2/12/2014

    " This Agatha Christy book had neither Hercule Poirot nor Miss Marple. It still had all the twists and turns of plot you would expect. It is unusual for me to be able to pick the villain from an Agatha Christy story. This time I was knew who-done-it. The flavor of this book was rather juvenile but worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronica | 2/8/2014

    " I always love Agatha Christie "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 1/29/2014

    " Probably my favorite Christie book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valori Shellman | 1/21/2014

    " Love the suspenseful twist in the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richa Kholkute | 1/13/2014

    " A Tommy and Tuppence mystery thriller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne-marie | 1/5/2014

    " Who is "Jane Finn" and why does her name cause people to murder one another? Going back to the wreck to the Titanic and forward to the end of WWI, this novel shows Tommy and Tuppence in their first star turn, with a gimcrack American millionaire as their comrade in arms and blood everywhere. It's Tommy's slow but sure pace that solves the tale, though he's thoroughly in love with Tuppence by the end! A tour de force!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brock | 1/4/2014

    " What a sweet, in-love, detective couple out for adventure - Tommy and Tuppence. These are my favorite Agatha Christie detectives. It's a shame she wrote so few books featuring them, but the Hercule Poirot fan base was hard to ignore, I suppose... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maribeth | 1/4/2014

    " predictable mystery, but a fun read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Seldon | 9/20/2013

    " Simply delightful. If this book hasn't been made into a BBC miniseries for Masterpiece Mystery, well what are they waiting for?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana | 5/17/2013

    " Such a wonderfully crafted classic mystery that reminded me why Agatha Christie is considered such a genius in the mystery genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rumbarger | 1/14/2013

    " If you have never read an Agatha Christie book, I highly recommend them. I could not put this one down. Loved it. Of course I like Victorian mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Read1000books | 12/21/2012

    " The first mystery novel featuring Christie's lesser known but interesting detectives, Tommy & Tuppence Beresford. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 7/30/2012

    " Read all the Agatha Christie books when I was younger but she writes so well that I am reading them all over again. Anyone who truly loves mystery novels will love all these books. This was number one Many More to go! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Stephanis | 6/16/2012

    " If anyone else had written this, I don't think I'd have liked it much at all...but it's hard to hate anything Agatha Christie writes. Nevertheless, I don't think I'll be reading anymore Tommy and Tuppence after this. I'm not much for adventure stories, much prefer her whodunnit books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 6/9/2012

    " Tommy and Tuppence weren't my favorite characters (vs. Poirot and Marple). But still enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 12/24/2011

    " Not her cleverist, but still quite enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genie | 10/19/2011

    " Early agatha Christie, definitely shows its age, easy to guess "whodunit" but I still wanted to keep reading. The first of the tommy and tuppence series and I had not read many of those so I was interested. Set directly after WW I, shows a bit of the culture and issues of that time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica O'connell | 7/26/2011

    " really good - had me guessing for a while and the main characters, tuppence and tommy, are two of the most endearing characters in any book i've ever read. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 6/15/2011

    " My first Agatha Christie. It was free on iBooks. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Looking forward to the other free one. :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 6/12/2011

    " To me, it read like a children's book. Totally predictable and boring. I "perused" more than half this book instead of reading it. I just got too bored with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 6/6/2011

    " A typical Agatha Christie murder mystery: dated and very British with a female character who is a twit unable to figure out who she is in love with. Why must Agatha make her ingenues such simps? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 5/29/2011

    " Love Tommy and Tuppence...great 1920's era story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine | 5/25/2011

    " A classic whodoneit of Agatha Christie. At times a little confusing with all the names, but packed with action and suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/25/2011

    " Classic Agatha Christy! I enjoyed the characters immensely and the twists and turns kept me guessing right to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 5/22/2011

    " I've never been a huge Agatha Christie fan, but I liked that this didn't start out with a dead person followed by the puzzling out of the cause and culprit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 5/21/2011

    " Interesting. First Agatha I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/19/2011

    " It was good, although I knew who dunnit before the end of the book! This was the first Agatha Christie book I've read and I did enjoy it. I will definitely read more of her books in the future. "

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About the Author
Author Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the best-selling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over four billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.