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(audio) Book Thoughts: By The Pricking of my Thumbs (Agatha Christie)

Turns out Agatha Christie books on audio are the way to go!


Title: By The Pricking of my Thumbs (Tommy & Tuppence)
Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Hugh Fraser
Genre: Fiction / Mystery
First published: 1968
Edition: Audio book / Paperback

When Tommy and Tuppence visit an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they think nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada is a very difficult old lady. But when Mrs. Lockett mentions a poisoned mushroom stew and Mrs. Lancaster talks about “something behind the fireplace,” Tommy and Tuppence find themselves caught up in a spine-chilling adventure that could spell death for either of them.


This was a rather random choice for me as far as audio books go, but I actually enjoyed Agatha Christie’s writing a lot in this format.

I had never read a Tommy and Tuppence mystery before, but I really had fun with this older husband and wife sleuthing duo. There was definitely something a bit witty and dotty about them and I kind of loved them for it.

If I am being picky there were a few bits in this story that did not make all that much sense to me, but I loved the overall feel of it. The narrator did an excellent job and I felt that did add to my experience of this story.

I love how simple Agatha Christie mysteries feel, but I actually had not guessed the ending, so that was kind of cool.

All in all, this was a good experience and I am likely to listen to some more Agatha Christies this way when I am not sure which audio book to pick. It really works

5 out of 7 stars

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