A Fairy in the Flat

Short Story

First published: 1929

Tommy & Tuppence


A Fairy in the Flat

Tommy and Tuppence take over an international detective agency. They are told to be wary of the number 16; should they stumble across it, they will be one step closer an international spy ring.

More about this story

Following WWI Tommy and Tuppence are seeking some adventure. Luckily they’re soon offered a position covering Blunt’s Detective Agency, Tommy taking on the role of Mr Blunt, Tuppence as his secretary.

This story was published by Collins in the collection Partners in Crime in 1929, and had its title changed from Publicity to A Fairy in the Flat/A Pot of Tea. Aspects of the story also feature in the first episode, Meet the Beresfords, of the radio serial of the Partners in Crime in 1953, starring Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim. It also featured as the opening premise of the first episode of the TV series Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime (1983).

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