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Postern of Fate (Audio CD)

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Author: Agatha Christie / Genre: Crime/Thriller / Narrator: Hugh Fraser

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      05.05.2014 17:38
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      Postern of Fate is the last book written by Agatha Christie, before her death in 1976. I suspect this explains the lack of proof reading and her publisher's willingness to inflict this novel on the general public. Featuring the lesser known couple Tuppence and Tommy, who are not characters that I particularly like as they are lack the style and personality of the Christie classics such as Poirot and Miss Marple. I have read a couple featuring this elderly married couple and found them bearable but lacking in the usual Christie appeal, with far too much emphasis on espionage. This particular story is incredibly difficult to follow due to its rambling style, total lack of structure and poor plot. The storyline is implausible from the outset with Tuppence randomly selecting an old children's story and deducing simply from letters that have been underlined at random points that this indicates a murder occurred in the house. The couple then set about identifying the events and potential killer. This synopsis might make the story seem much more exciting than it actually is. I love Agatha Christie stories but this is confusing, complex with multiple characters and events dating back 60 years. It reads as simply the ramblings of an old woman with no structure or sense at all. I chose to read this as I have given up on the story a number of times before and truly wish I had not bothered as it felt like a chore rather than a pleasure to read this.

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