Postern of Fate

  • Tommy & Tuppence
  • Novel
  • 1973

Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have just become the proud owners of an old house in an English village. Along with the property, they have inherited some worthless bric-a-brac, including a collection of antique books. While rustling through a copy of The Black Arrow, Tuppence comes upon a series of apparently random underlinings. However, when she writes down the letters, they spell out a very disturbing message: M a r y – J o r d a n – d i d – n o t – d i e – n a t u r a l l y… And sixty years after their first murder, Mary Jordan's enemies are still ready to kill.

You don't appreciate a faithful husband when you've got one,' said Tommy. 'All my friends tell me you never know with husbands,' said Tuppence. 'You have the wrong kind of friends,' said Tommy.

Tommy and Tuppence, Postern of Fate

More about this story

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 case revolves around a past murder being re-investigated, a theme Christie excelled at.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. 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.

Did you know?

  1. It was the last novel Agatha Christie wrote, although not the last to be published.

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