Partners in Crime (Tommy and Tuppence)
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The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to William Morrow Paperbacks. Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are Partners in Crime—or rather partners in crime solving—and must demonstrate their deductive skills in a wide range of confounding cases after agreeing to take over Blunt’s International Detective Agency.
to let him think. We’ll catch him red-handed here tonight.” “So that’s the plan, is it?” “Yes. It’s the chance of a lifetime. Now, let me see, what’s the time? Six o’clock. What time do you usually leave here, sir?” “About six.” “You must seem to leave the place as usual. Actually we’ll sneak back to it as soon as possible. I don’t believe they’ll come here till about eleven, but of course they might. If you’ll excuse me, I’ll just go and take a look round outside and see if I can make out
There was a sudden blue crackle of flame, and he swayed for a minute, then fell like a log. A faint odour of singed flesh filled the room, mingling with a stronger smell of ozone.” “Whew,” said Tommy. He wiped his face. Then, moving gingerly, and with every precaution, he reached the wall, and touched the switch he had seen the other manipulate. He crossed the room to the door, opened it carefully, and looked out. There was no one about. He went down the stairs and out through the front door.
for clues, but as a golfer. You know about golf, and what’s likely to put a man off his game.” “It must have been something pretty serious to put Sessle off his game. His handicap’s two, and from the seventh tee on he played like a child, so they say.” “Who say?” “Barnard and Lecky. They were playing just behind him, you remember.” “That was after he met the woman—the tall woman in brown. They saw him speaking to her, didn’t they?” “Yes—at least—” Tommy broke off. Tuppence looked up at him
clear enough to me,” said Tuppence. She walked along, reading busily, with one hand on Tommy’s arm to steer herself. Presently she shut the book with a bang. They were just approaching the house again. “Tommy, will you leave this to me? Just for once, you see, I am the bull that has been more than twenty minutes in the arena.” Tommy nodded. “You shall be the Captain of the Ship, Tuppence,” he said gravely. “We’ve got to get to the bottom of this.” “First of all,” said Tuppence as they entered
photograph of Una Drake. “Yes, sir, I remember that lady, and I remember that it was Tuesday, because the lady herself drew attention to the fact, saying it was always the luckiest day in the week for her.” “So far, so good,” said Tuppence as they returned to their compartment. “And we will probably find that she booked at the hotel all right. It is going to be more difficult to prove that she travelled back to London, but perhaps one of the porters at the station may remember.” Here, however,