Postern of Fate

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The last novel Agatha Christie wrote. Retired, Tommy and Tuppence investigate the ghosts of their house...

“A code message in an Edwardian children’s book puts them on to the murder of a governess involved in a pre-1914 German spy case. Past and present go on interlocking impressively.”

The Observer, 1973


About this story

First released

October, 1973 (novel, Collins)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery

Formats

  • Novel

Recurring characters

  • Tommy and Tuppence, 
  • Albert Batt, 
  • Deborah Beresford

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

Tommy and Tuppence have been through two wars, international espionage, adventure, marriage and children. Now in their seventies they embark upon their final adventure in a quiet English village where they had intended to retire.

The title comes from the poem Gates of Damascus by James Elroy Flecker, a poem also referenced in the short story, The Gate of Baghdad. It was the last novel Agatha Christie wrote, although not the last to be published. The case revolves around a past murder being reinvestigated, a theme Christie excelled at.

The story ties up the ends of Tommy and Tuppence lives ...

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Tommy and Tuppence have been through two wars, international espionage, adventure, marriage and children. Now in their seventies they embark upon their final adventure in a quiet English village where they had intended to retire.

The title comes from the poem Gates of Damascus by James Elroy Flecker, a poem also referenced in the short story, The Gate of Baghdad. It was the last novel Agatha Christie wrote, although not the last to be published. The case revolves around a past murder being reinvestigated, a theme Christie excelled at.

The story ties up the ends of Tommy and Tuppence lives, detailing the exploits of the children and friends encountered throughout the series. There is also a cameo from Mr Robinson from Christie’s earlier release, Passenger to Frankfurt.

This story has never been adapted.



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