By the Pricking of My Thumbs
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By the Pricking of My Thumbs

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An old woman in a nursing home speaks of a child buried behind the fireplace...When Tommy and Tuppence visited an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they thought nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada was a very difficult old lady. But when Mrs Lockett mentioned a poisoned mushroom stew and Mrs Lancaster talked about 'something behind the fireplace', Tommy and Tuppence found themselves caught up in an unexpected adventure involving possible black magic...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 24mm | 358.34g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0101.
  • 0007111495
  • 9780007111497
  • 94,729

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'The most macabre and eerie Christie I have read for a long time.' Sunday Express 'All beautifully plotted in the way that Mrs Christie is famous for. The title is from Macbeth: "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." Wicked indeed!' Best Sellers 'Ladies disappearing from homes of rest, sinister empty houses, hints of gang-leaders mixed with black magic - mystery at the usual high Christie level.' Evening Standard 'Devised with fiendish ingenuity in the classic Christie cast.' Illustrated London Newsshow more

About Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.show more

Review Text

The strange disappearance of old Mrs. Lancaster from the nursing home. . . the coincidental deaths of several other residents including feisty, cantankerous Aunt Ada . . . an odd reference to a dead child hidden behind a fireplace and a painting of a deserted house put Tuppence and Tommy Beresford, both themselves "just past the prime," on a trail that backtracks in time to a series of unexplained child murders, a haunted house divided into two parts with a past history of smuggling and weird love affairs and a doll filled with diamonds. Some story hour this! Thumbs Up again for another misty Miss Christie. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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9,472 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (3,502)
3 32% (3,008)
2 8% (732)
1 1% (142)
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