The Secret Adversary: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery (Dover Mystery Classics)

February 28, 2017 - Comment

“Two young adventurers for hire. Willing to do anything, go anywhere.Pay must be good. No reasonable offer refused.”With that bold declaration, Thomas “Tommy” Beresford and Prudence “Tuppence” Cowley launch their career as sleuths. The childhood chums, newly reunited in London during the lean years after the Great War, are immediately swept up in a series

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“Two young adventurers for hire. Willing to do anything, go anywhere.
Pay must be good. No reasonable offer refused.”
With that bold declaration, Thomas “Tommy” Beresford and Prudence “Tuppence” Cowley launch their career as sleuths. The childhood chums, newly reunited in London during the lean years after the Great War, are immediately swept up in a series of thrilling escapades as they search for a secret treaty in the hands of a survivor of the shipwrecked Lusitania. Witty banter highlights their tale of adventure, courage, and suspense, populated by a colorful cast ranging from an American millionaire and a British Intelligence agent to a ring of Bolshevist conspirators headed by a criminal mastermind.
Agatha Christie published The Secret Adversary in 1922 after the success of her very first book, TheMysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced Hercule Poirot. With stolid Tommy and lively Tuppence, Christie created a pair of fan favorites to whom she returned throughout her career; the fun-loving duo appear in three other novels and a collection of short stories, and their exploits have been adapted for stage and screen. The beloved characters’ debut offers a light-hearted romp that also recaptures the spirit of its age, as postwar England hovered on the brink of monumental change.

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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. 

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. 

Mystic by the Lake says:

I liked the characters of Tuppence and Tommy, but the plot was totally preposterous and convoluted This book has been in my To Be Read pile for years. I started reading it a few years ago, but couldn’t continue because the story isn’t all that great. But this time during the holidays when I had some downtime, I decided to plow on and finish it. I liked the characters of Tuppence and Tommy, but the plot was totally preposterous and convoluted. How can the people who had previously seen Mr. Brown (Tuppence and Julius), not recognize him when they saw him again? And how did Mr. Brown have time…

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