Six years have passed since the Beresfords began their sleuthing partnership in The Secret Adversary. Tommy now has a desk job with the British Secret Service, and Tuppence, much to her displeasure is at home, though when the Chief of British Intelligence asks them to take over the International Detective Agency, both jump at the chance of new adventures.
The fifteen stories contain parodies of fictional detectives who were well-known to readers of the 1920s. In each story Tommy and Tuppence assume the mannerisms and methods of a different detective or detective team, including Sherlock Holmes.
The stories were published together in 1929. The entire book was adapted in 1953 starring Sir Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim as Tommy and Tuppence. Ten of the stories were adapted by LWT in 1984 and starred James Warwick and Francesca Annis.
Explore these stories: A Fairy in the Flat, A Pot of Tea, The Affair of the Pink Pearl, The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger, Finessing the King/The Gentleman Dressed in Newspaper, The Case of the Missing Lady, Blindman’s Buff, The Man in the Mist, The Crackler, The Sunningdale Mystery, The House of Lurking Death, The Unbreakable Alibi, The Clergyman’s Daughter/The Red House, The Ambassador’s Boots, The Man Who Was No.16.
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