By the Pricking of My Thumbs (Tommy and Tuppence, #4)

By the Pricking of My Thumbs (Tommy and Tuppence, #4)By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Had a hankering to read Thanksgiving evening. Sputtered on what to pick up. Recalled I had a list of Agatha Christie books to read through. This was first on the list. Found the ebook on Hoopla. Also found the audiobook there. I listened to this as I read along. I was most pleased with Hugh Fraser’s reading. Oh, his British accent is so pleasing.

Tommy and Tuppence are fun characters. They are much older in this book. Tuppence was the focus of this story as she took an interest in a painting given to Tommy’s Aunt Ada at a nursing home. She had thought sh’d seen the house from a train once. As she investigated the painting, the missing Mrs. Lancaster, a child’s grave, etc., she is conked upon the head and fails to return home. That has Tommy enter the scene.

As the book progressed, some wildness, unlike Christie books I’ve read, began to seem to be prominent in the book. Stuff that I thought were red herrings at first seemed like were going to be how to settle the mystery. So wild, I looked up the publication date of the book. Indeed, 1968. “Okay,” I thought. “The world had changed enough by then to have this kind of weirdness.”

I did very much enjoy the book. I suppose the ending was a bit off balance from the majority of the book, but I am okay with that. I would gladly listen to Hugh Fraser read anything again.

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