The Secret Adversary

January 29, 2017 - Comment

Set in 1919, young couple Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley form a partnership, hiring themselves out as ”young adventurers”. Their first case, however, is more of an adventure than they expect – working to find documents that, if they were known to the general public, would fuel a communist revolution in Britain. Show Excerpt boy.

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Set in 1919, young couple Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley form a partnership, hiring themselves out as ”young adventurers”. Their first case, however, is more of an adventure than they expect – working to find documents that, if they were known to the general public, would fuel a communist revolution in Britain. Show Excerpt boy. But I can assure you that that sort of thing might touch the heart of an elderly spinster, and she might adopt you, and then there would be no need for you to be a young adventurer at all.” “I don’t want to be adopted.” “I forgot you had a prejudice against it. I was only ragging you! The papers are full up to the brim with that type of thing. Now listen–how’s this? ‘Two young adventurers for hire. Willing to do anything, go anywhere. Pay must be good.’ (We might as well make that clear from the start.) Then we might add: ‘No reasonable offer refused’–like flats and furniture.” “I should think any offer we get in answer to that would be a pretty UNreasonable one!” “Tommy! You’re a genius! That’s ever so much more chic. ‘No unreasonable offer refused–if pay is good.’ How’s that?” “I shouldn’t mention pay again. It looks rather eager.” “It couldn’t look as eager as I feel! But perhaps you are right. Now I’ll read it straight through. ‘Two young adventurers for h

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Whistlers Mom says:

Agatha gets a pay raise WARNING: This is an Agatha Christie book which does NOT feature Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. Christie purists will have nothing to do with this book! If you are a Christie purist, stop reading HERE. 

Kirin says:

Genesis of Tommy and Tuppence Fans of Agatha Christie will enjoy the introduction of the Young Adventurers to her constellation of recurring sleuths that includes the inimitable Hercule Poirot, the unassuming Miss Marple and the apple-crunching novelist Ariadne Oliver. Tommy and Tuppence, properly named Thomas Beresford and Prudence Cowley, reunite at the close of the Great War to wonder at grim employment possibilities and limited life prospects. 

Tintinnabulator says:

The Future of Books from Amazon? I’m writing about the paperback version of this Christie book found on Amazon. It isn’t what I was expecting. I should have been tipped off by the lack of a book publisher’s credit on the book’s order page. Instead, Amazon simply prints out the Kindle version of the book, which–frankly–is ugly as Hell. 

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