The Secret Adversary

August 23, 2017 - Comment

Tommy and Tuppence, two young people short of money and restless for excitement, embark on a daring business scheme – Young Adventurers Ltd. Their advertisement says they are ‘willing to do anything, go anywhere’. But their first assignment, for the sinister Mr Whittington, plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined. From a retired

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Tommy and Tuppence, two young people short of money and restless for excitement, embark on a daring business scheme – Young Adventurers Ltd. Their advertisement says they are ‘willing to do anything, go anywhere’. But their first assignment, for the sinister Mr Whittington, plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined. From a retired Belgian detective to a young duo down on their luck and in search of adventure – Christie’s second novel was a very different offering to The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Inspired after overhearing a conversation in a cafe in which two women were discussing a lady called Jane Fish (a name which struck Christie as most ‘entertaining’), the novel introduced not only Tommy and Tuppence but also two themes which were to figure in much of her work. The first was a type of knowledge, a secret or item that needed to be found. The second was the identification of a powerful person, man or woman, who was in search of world domination. Originally titled The Joyful Venture, the name changed to The Young Adventurers before finally becoming The Secret Adversary. The woman’s name that inspired Agatha Christie would also change, from Jane Fish, to Jane Finn. It is one of only two novels in which the dedication is addressed to the reader: “To all those who lead monotonous lives in the hope that they experience at second hand the delights and dangers of adventure”.

Comments

Mel says:

A classic Agatha Christie knows how to weave a tale. This book is far better than anything written today. Tuppance and Tommy were wonderful. These two were in some plucky situations but managed to come out on top. I throughly enjoyed the book.

Amazon Customer says:

Enjoyable mystery and characters I am not into mysteries or Agatha Christie. . but enjoyed this book. Good clean reading and felt like I was right there with each character in their dilemma. Good ending. Also, this is a good start-up book for someone wanting to begin reading mysteries, especially this author, who has written 100+.. of which my daughter has read all of them and has reread many for the second and third time. Recommend

P. J. Moran says:

Old Thing, Indeed! Stereotypical characters and situations seem dated now, but weren’t when and where the book was written. Some humor may be lost in today’s readers, and the “old thing” rings badly in the contemporary ear. Still, there’s lots of fun in revisiting a genre and a time period.

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