Postern of Fate
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Postern of Fate
Agatha Christie

A poisoning many years ago may not have been accidental after all…Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have just become the proud owners of an old house in an English village. Along with the property, they have inherited some worthless bric-a-brac, including a collection of antique books. While rustling through a copy of The Black Arrow, Tuppence comes upon a series of apparently random underlinings.However, when she writes down the letters, they spell out a very disturbing message:M a r y – J o r d a n – d i d – n o t – d i e – n a t u r a l l y…And sixty years after their first murder, Mary Jordan's enemies are still ready to kill…

Postern of Fate

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First published in Great Britain by

Collins 1973

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Source ISBN: 9780006165279

Ebook Edition © Jan 2015 ISBN: 9780007422739

Version: 2017-04-17

For Hannibal and his master

Four great gates has the city of Damascus …

Postern of Fate, the Desert Gate, Disaster’s Cavem,

Fort of Fear …

Pass not beneath, O Caravan, or pass not singing.

Have you heard

That silence where the birds are dead, yet something

pipeth like a bird?

from Gates of Damascus by James Elroy Flecker

Contents

Cover (#ub56a3f9d-de67-5525-a0a1-05310ed92c6d)

Title Page (#u9279cc30-6625-5b1c-8889-b0212226e50e)

Copyright (#ud9d54ce2-2ffb-5c33-ab88-c8b12da05779)

Dedication (#u6661219f-7614-52d1-8265-add98767b4be)

Epigraph (#u8b7cdc43-f88c-5e1e-a17d-38e430e4fa48)

BOOK I (#ubec4b426-6dbe-5b41-b7cb-31cd4d39d943)

CHAPTER 1: Mainly Concerning Books (#u49f7edec-6dad-5c9f-9e82-c93de4f61e77)

CHAPTER 2: The Black Arrow (#u7d57f13d-ba7a-5efd-a9d0-63d685f0fd3e)

CHAPTER 3: Visit to the Cemetery (#ue951af6d-9fb3-555a-85ca-12337cfe116f)

CHAPTER 4: Lots of Parkinsons (#u3dd14361-4f34-5dca-8ee6-6c9ae333c59b)

CHAPTER 5: The White Elephant Sale (#uf7c3a938-2031-59c7-993c-f043c9cb2bc1)

CHAPTER 6: Problems (#u7f9e0eae-42b1-5ade-8ce9-97047fad73af)

CHAPTER 7: More Problems (#u68877cbf-dbf4-55e7-97cb-ddb4bdfe15d8)

CHAPTER 8: Mrs Griffin (#u60ce0c6c-5ebc-526f-bb35-e1e10fd49952)

BOOK II (#u93369cc5-0c3d-5cd0-9503-080105b64810)

CHAPTER 1: A Long Time Ago (#u667105a7-0266-524b-a278-c09c722f6d85)

CHAPTER 2: Introduction to Mathilde, Truelove and kk (#u9775761f-ad57-583b-a3bd-0c27638401e1)

CHAPTER 3: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 4: Expedition on Truelove; Oxford and Cambridge (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER 5: Methods of Research (#litres_trial_promo)
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