Author(s): Agatha Christie
Childhood friends Thomas Beresford - known as Tommy - and Prudence Cowley - call her Tuppence - cross paths after the Great War. Desperate for cash, they set themselves up as "two young adventurers for hire" and launch a series of thrilling escapades. In this, Agatha Christie's second published mystery, the sleuthing duo proved so popular that they reappeared throughout their creator's career.
Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976) is the bestselling novelist in history; only the Bible and the works of Shakespeare are more frequently purchased than her mysteries, which have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in 100 foreign languages. Her play, The Mousetrap, opened in London in 1952 and has run continuously ever since.