The Secret Adversary(annotated)

August 5, 2017 - Comment

The Secret Adversary is the second published detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in January 1922 in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head and in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company later in that same year. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6) and the US edition

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The Secret Adversary is the second published detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in January 1922 in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head and in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company later in that same year. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6) and the US edition at $1.75. The book introduces the characters of Tommy and Tuppence who feature in three other Christie novels and one collection of short stories; the five Tommy and Tuppence books span Agatha Christie’s writing career. The Great War is over, and jobs are scarce. Tommy Beresford and Prudence “Tuppence” Cowley meet and agree to start their own business as The Young Adventurers. They are hired for a job that leads them both to many dangerous situations, meeting allies as well, including an American millionaire in search of his cousin. Reviews were generally positive on this adventure, which manages to keep the identity of the arch-criminal secret to the very end.

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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. 

Texanne says:

Tommy and Tuppence’s First Advanture I enjoyed The Secret Adversary as a summertime diversion but did not find myself wanting more. I do love Agatha Christie’s books, especially Inspector Poirot, but found this story and characters a bit predictable. I did like the references to the 1920’s, WWI, speech patterns, etc. This is the first book in the Tommy and Tuppence series so the later stories might be interesting. If I find myself wanting another light bit of mystery, I’ll read the next book, Partners in Crime.

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