Agatha Christie’s ‘By the Pricking of My Thumbs’ is an engaging read, a Tommy and Tuppence Beresford adventure.
I love her mysteries and when I came across this book, I had to borrow it and read. And I am never disappointed reading her mysteries.
The characters Tommy and Tuppence Beresford were first introduced to the world in the second novel in her career. The not so old couple are adventure seekers and on an usual day, they decide to see their Aunt Ada (Miss Fanshawe) in the elderly home care.
While on the visit, Tuppence meets a Mrs Lancaster who intrigues her by asking her a question. She asks her “Was it your poor child?”. Tuppence makes a mental note to visit this lady the next time she visits Tommy’s Aunt.
As fate would have it, Tuppence gets to visit the elderly home, due to natural death of Aunt Ada. When she inquires about Mrs.Lancaster, she gets to know that her relatives take her away from there. When she continues her inquiries, she is stonewalled at every corner. This makes her resolute to find Mrs.Lancaster as Tuppence thinks, the old lady might be in trouble or already dead.
Tommy and Tuppence come to inherit their Aunt’s belongings and they find a picture of a serene house. Tuppence goes in search of that house and tries to find out if there is any connection between the house and the old lady.
Meanwhile Tommy gets to know a gang of robbers, who always escape the clutches of the police. He coordinates with the police to find his wife, who goes missing in search of Mrs. Lancaster. He finds out that the robbers were operating from the same location where his wife went to.
How Christie unveils the mystery is really surprising and even the end seems even more surprising.
You need to read the novel to be enthralled by Christie’s mystery.