Title: Partners in Crime
Author: Agatha Christie
Page Count/Review Word Count: 352
What we have here is one of Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence books, and so as such it’s not as good as some of Christie’s other work. I don’t think this should be discounted entirely though, because it’s an enjoyable enough read and I like the way that it was almost a cross between a novel and a short story collection.
Here, Tommy and Tuppence basically team up to form their own detective agency and then we follow them as they go from case to case. Some of them interrelate and some of them don’t, and some of them are much easier to figure out than others, but it’s still enjoyable enough. Plus I quite often found that the banter between Tommy and Tuppence was good enough to make the book worth reading in its own right.
That’s because the two of them were playing a game of sorts where they pretended to be detectives from their favourite crime novels, which means that Christie gets to play with tropes, reference Sherlock Holmes and even throw in subtle nods to her own novels, such as that certain Belgian detective with the little grey cells.
At the same time, though, I also went through the last couple of hundred pages in a pretty much a blur, purely because it wasn’t holding my attention. It was okay, it just wasn’t the best, and it was nowhere near as good as the Miss Marple short stories, but it was still worth reading and I’m glad I can tick it off my list. The Tommy and Tuppence books are nowhere near as bad as people make them out to be, and they have a certain charm of their own that’s different to the Poirot and Marple books and which is almost like trying a slightly different flavour of a drink that you’ve always loved.
So should you read this? Absolutely, but only when you’ve already read a couple of dozen Agatha Christie books already. So yeah.