The series begins soon after the end of World War I. Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley are childhood friends who came across each other during the war when he was wounded and sent to a hospital and she was a nurse. They have re-connected after the war, but while they have feelings for each other, at the beginning both insist their relationship is merely friendship. Both are at a loss for employment after the war, and both complain of poverty (although this doesn't stop them, Tuppence in particular, from having a fantastic wardrobe; "poverty" must be a subjective term here!). They begin their search for interesting, and hopefully lucrative, employment by placing an ad in the local newspaper offering their services to "go anywhere" and "do anything" as long as the pay is good. Naturally, an interesting offer comes in right away. Tuppence is granted an interview with a man who offers her good pay to travel with him to Paris as his ward and investigate a finishing school. She's more than happy to accept, but when she turns up the next day at his office, she's distressed to learn he "closed up" his business and has left no forwarding address. With what little they know, she and Tommy set out to solve the mystery. They end up involved with government ministers, shadowy foreign figures, an American millionaire and a mysterious Mr. Brown.
Their first case is something of a plant, as Tuppence conspires with a friend to arrange a missing person case for the agency to investigate. This garners them word of mouth publicity, in addition to the occasional newspaper ad advertising their services. They are soon investigating missing jewels, a possible haunted house, murders and poisonings. Through it all, Tuppence exhibits her love of sometimes outrageous hats and Tommy indulges her shopping habit.
|Tuppence's "disguise tree" because a good hat |
is all you need to fool the criminals!
This set includes 11 episodes on 3 DVDs. The episodes were originally shown on PBS's Mystery and were filmed in the 1980s. This set also includes SDH subtitles, which are always useful!
In typical Christie fashion, most of the action seems to center around the upper-classes: fabulous clothes, expensive cars and stately homes feature prominently. The characters also direct phrases at each other like "old thing" and "old bean" -- and these are apparently terms of endearment! I really enjoyed seeing these episodes and learning more about Christie's married detective duo.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Partners in Crime from Acorn Media.
Final Verdict for Partners in Crime: the Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries: Four Gherkins, for being a fabulous visit with two stylish and funny detectives