Much as it pains me to give Tommy and Tuppence such a (relatively) low rating, I really can’t do anything else. Agatha Christie is all over the place in this one.
Similar to another of her later novels that I recently read, Passenger to Frankfurt, Postern of Fate is rather rambling with not much in the way of actual plot. Definitely not the typical try-to-solve-it-as-you-go murder mysteries that Christie’s known for. Both books are primarily concerned with political conspiracies, and contain numerous lengthy monologues about politics, the uselessness of “young people these days”, and the general deterioration of the world at large.
Postern of Fate has Tommy and Tuppence, at least, which gives it a slight leg up, but honestly, even the Beresfords started to wear a bit thin, with their vague statements, and “I mean”s, and overall repetition of thought and speech. They’re just not as clever and interesting as they are in the other books.
Also, what on EARTH is with the timeline in this book?!? Mary Jordan supposedly died “60 years ago” shortly before WWI, except Tuppence specifically states that she was 3 years old when Mary died and Tuppence served in WWI, so she can’t have been 3 shortly before WWI. Plus, Tommy says Tuppence is over 70, so she would have been at least 10 when Mary died 60 years ago.
I did like seeing several recurring characters show up, especially who Mr. Crispin turned out to be. But otherwise, Postern of Fate is fairly underwhelming.