Tommy and Tuppence Beresford adopt the methods and manners of every major literary detective-from Hercule Poirot to Sherlock Holmes-to piece together a complex series of deadly misdeeds.
"Required reading." (New York Herald Tribune)
Entertaining detective tales but unrealistic background, September 10, 2001 Reviewer: lornevallen from Singapore While waiting for the spies from Moscow to show their hand, Tommy and Tuppence, aka Mr & Mrs Beresford, took over a detective agency known to be associated with the Moscow spies and masqueraded as the real owner Mr Blunt and staff. A fair number of legitimate cases unrelated to the spies came their way, and the two played the game by pretending to be famous fictious detectives, including Father Brown (creation of GK Chesterton) and Sherlock Holmes (creation of Arthur Conan Doyle). They solved the cases with more than an element of fun, typical husband-wife oneupmanship, female intuition etc. While entertaining, the backdrop of the detective agency being a Trojan horse for counter-intelligence was rather naive and unrealistic. It presumed the Russians did not know the faces of the English traitors they recruited, and once the trap was exposed, they would prefer to spring it rather than leave it alone. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title