The Secret Adversary – Agatha Christie
Dodd, Mead & Company, 1922
This is my second book in the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge and thus her second book published. (I’m reading them all in order of publication.) This is the first novel in which Tommy and Tuppence are introduced. Here’s a brief synopsis of the story:
Asked by a British Intelligence official to find a woman named Jane Finn, who disappeared with sensitive government documents, Tommy and Tuppence soon find themselves drawn into a complicated web of intrigue, intelligence agents, dubious identities, missing government papers, false clues–and all-too-real danger. (from Barness & Noble)
The story is set in the time period right after World War I. Jobs are scarce and so old friends Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley form a partnership. They advertise themselves as “two young adventurers for hire – no reasonable offer refused.” This leads them to an assignment to find the missing Jane Finn and the missing government papers along with all sorts of other interesting exploits.
Over the years I’ve read many of Agatha Christie’s novels but this one was new to me. It was not what I expected to find. It was still a good mystery but very lighthearted. I found it almost silly at times although it’s probably typical of the era. Can I recommend it? Only to die-hard Christie fans who will read anything she writes.
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