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Postern of Fate
By Agatha Christie

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Postern of Fate
By Agatha Christie
Ulverscroft Large Print, 1992
ISBN: 0-7089-2708-4
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Simone Bonim - September 12, 2005

Postern of Fate is believed to be the last book written by Agatha Christie, although it was not her last book to be published. Postern of Fate is also the fifth and final book in the Tommy and Tuppence series. In the first book in this series, The Secret Adversary, Tommy and Tuppence where young and just beginning on their lives together, so it is fitting that Christie ended her long career with this book, one in which, like herself, Tommy and Tuppence are elderly and not as sharp as they once were. However, despite the toll that age has taken, they, like their author, were still eager to solve just one more mystery before the final curtain...

In Postern of Fate, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have retired to a smaller house in a quiet resort town where they can take it easy and enjoy the scenery. Upon moving in, they discover a box of old children's books and a mysterious message that claims that "Mary Jordan did not die naturally." Quick as a wink they have their old sleuthing hats on and the amateur detectives are off to discover if there is any truth behind this ancient message, and if so, to discover just how Mary Jordan died. As events unfold, they discover that there was more to Jordan's death than just simple murder. Jordan was a woman of mystery and the truth about her death involves not only the British government, but also covert organizations seeking to change, for better or worse, the status quo.

Postern of Fate is not one of Christie's better novels, but it still well worth the read. The plot is a bit weak in spots, and the ending is inconclusive. Nonetheless, the Christie spark is still in evidence. Tommy and Tuppence are placed in danger once they begin to look into Jordan's past, and they must deal not only with the danger, but also the difficulty of trying to solve a crime that happened years before. In the process, Christie provides an admirable share of red herrings, twist and turns, and some humor. Readers will also find that while the story may ramble at times, in part because the investigation is based in large measure on remembrances, Christie's flare for language and for crafting intriguing mysteries is as strong as ever. Postern of Fate is a must read, if for nothing else, for old times sake for all Christie fans. It is also required reading for all Tommy and Tuppence fans as this book draws to a close the charming adventures of this vivacious team.

Postern of Fate can be purchased directly from Ulverscroft.

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