By the Pricking of my Thumbs

By the Pricking of my Thumbs

, Book # 4
William Morrow Paperbacks
November 1968
October 26, 2019 October 26, 2019

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 . . .

A duty visit to Tommy's elderly and unpleasant aunt results in a strange inheritance, black magic--and danger for Tommy and Tuppence Beresford.

About the book

This is a different reading for me , because I didn’t know that Agatha wrote books other that Poirot and Miss Marple series. The main characters here are Tommy and Tuppence Berefords, an old couple that in the past were spies or this is what I gathered by the book. In fact this is the fourth book in the series and it is one of the last books written by Agatha.

The book starts with the couple’s visit to their aunt who is living in an hospice and here Tuppence meets Mrs. Lancaster who seems crazy and who tells her about a girl in a chimney. Some weeks later, the aunt dies and the couple goes back to the hospice to collect her personal belongings and they find a picture that Mrs. Lancaster gave to the aunt before she left. Tuppence thinks that her “leaving” is hiding something different and she starts an investigation because, among other things, she believes she recognises the house drown in the picture.

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