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Beresford, Tommy & Tuppence. The Beresfords were created by Agatha Christie (Superintendent Battle, Jane Marple, Hercule Poirot, Parker Pyne, Harley Quin, Colonel Race, Solving Six) and appeared in seventeen stories and five novels and story collections from 1922 to 1973, beginning with The Secret Adversary. Tommy Beresford is a lieutenant in the English Army during World War One, and Tuppence, his childhood friend, is a nurse. After the war ends they are Rootless Veterans and form “Young Adventurers, Ltd.,” advertising that they are “Willing to do anything, go anywhere. Pay must be good. No unreasonable offer refused.” They get involved in an espionage case and then get married. Several years later, they take over the International Detective Agency and begin solving cases on behalf of the chief of British Intelligence.

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