Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime: The Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries (1983) – DVD Review

The husband and wife sleuths Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are two of the most charming of Agatha Christie’s characters.  Starting out as bright young things living in the unsettled time between the World Wars, Tommy and Tuppence have adventures that are not only good mysteries, but also reveal the people and the changing society of the early to mid-twentieth century.

As a child, when I finished all the Nancy Drew mysteries in the library, the kind librarian said she knew what I would like to read next.  To my everlasting gratitude she introduced me to Agatha Christie.  With many interesting detectives in her literary canon, it is difficult to pick a favorite.  They are all ages and types, but they share an aptitude for seeing clues and being able to piece together the  crime so as to reveal the motive and the perpetrator.

Each story was an adventure, but there was something especially fun in the Tommy and Tuppence cases.  Even though they dealt with crimes, the humor and wit prevailed.  These television mysteries starring Francesca Annis and James Warwick as the sleuthing couple capture the essence of the written originals.  Engrossing plots and sparkling performances make the Tommy and Tuppence mysteries a joy to watch.

Acorn Media presents Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime: The Tommy and Tuppence Mysteries in a set containing three discs.  There are eleven stories, beginning with their first endeavor to solve a crime before they were married, continuing on to their last cases.  In the first case “The Secret Adversary” Tommy and Tuppence meet just as World War I has ended.  They had known each other before the war, moving in society through dances and dinners. 

The end of the war has brought about changes, Tommy has just been discharged from the armed forces and Tuppence who did a bit of wartime work as a nurse is bored and broke.  An opportunity to help the government discover the identity of a spy pulls both young people into a web of intrigue.  Encouraged by their success, they purchase a nearly defunct detective agency and set up shop as investigators. 

The following episodes are “The Affair of the Pink Pearl,” “The House of Lurking Death,”  “The Sunningdale Mystery,” “The Clergyman’s Daughter,” “Finessing the King,” The Ambassador’s Boots,”  “The Man in the Mist,” “The Unbreakable Alibi,” “The Case of the Missing Lady,” and “The Crackler.” 

Mystery lovers will want to add this set to their collections, and those interested in period costuming will adore the attention to wardrobe, especially Tuppence’s many fascinating hats.

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