The Secret Adversary (Illustrated + Active TOC)

The Secret Adversary (Illustrated + Active TOC)

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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The Secret Adversary is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head in January 1922 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 books and one collection of short stories written throughout her writing career.

Set in 1919 London and various other outlying locales throughout Britain, young couple Tommy Beresford and Prudence "Tuppence" Cowley, out of work and money, form the "The Young Adventurers, Ltd." planning to hiring themselves out as "adventurers � [w]illing to do anything, go anywhere � no unreasonable offer refused. "Being overheard by Mr. Whittington, Tuppence is offered a comfortable position, only to be rejected after she gives her name as "Jane Finn", a name Tommy overheard when he and Tuppence earlier entered Lyons for tea and a bite and were walking to their table ("funny scraps one does overhear"). Lyons was the same restaurant at which Whittington overheard Tommy and Tuppence's plan for their new "joint venture." Whittington becomes suspicious of Tuppence, believing her to be blackmailing him. The meeting ends abruptly with Tuppence receiving money with the understanding that she will refrain from using her, albeit nonexistent, knowledge. Convinced that they can get further money out of Whittington if they play their cards right, Tommy and Tuppence prepare to shadow him, only to discover that he has closed his office and disappeared without a trace. His behaviour indicates to them that there is another angle to the story. To find out, they place an advertisement, asking for information regarding Jane Finn. (Wikipedia)

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ISBN-13:
2940012268495
Publisher:
ngims Publishing
Publication date:
03/08/2011
Series:
Tommy and Tuppence Series
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
871,512
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The Secret Adversary (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 209 reviews.
amulet4good More than 1 year ago
This is about two young people in postwar (WW 2)London scrabbling about with empty pockets in search of jobs. Casual accqaintences before, they meet by accident and, over a cup of tea, decide to pool their talents and put an ad in newspapers as investigators, The Young Adventurers' and they niavely fall into a crimminal gang's plot to overthrow the British government. I couldn't put it down 'til the last page and is that a surprise.
MacMcK1957 More than 1 year ago
Somehow a description of Murder on the Orient Express has been attached to this edition. This is a lighter piece, the first story about Tommy and Tuppence Beresford (before their marriage), just after the end of World War I.
Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
I finally finished reading the second book of my Agatha Christie self challenge. I picked it up shortly after finishing The Mysterious Affair at Styles but wasn't able to really get into it the way I wanted to, not because of the book though, but because of outside influences. Then when I went to pick it up again, I couldn't find the blasted thing. I looked everywhere for it and not one speck of it's lovely brown cover was to be seen. So I had to go buy the book again and now here I am a few days later giving my short review of it. Here is the synopsis from the back cover: Two bright young characters of the Jazz Age start out looking for adventures and wind us saving England in Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary. Childhood friends Tommy Beresford and Prudence "Tuppence" Crowley have hit hard times. It's 1920, and the Great War is blessedly over. But the peace has left staid old England in the upheaval and the young veteran and the pretty former nurse flat broke. In the free spirit of the age, the two advertise themselves as "Young Adventurers," hoping for enjoyable as well as profitable employment. Their first client, a British Army Intelligence officer, promises both when he hires them to find a missing woman, and the charming duo are soon involved in a case of international intrigue, mistaken identities, and ultimately romance. I found the book as well as the characters, Tommy and Tuppence, to be both intelligent and at times a little spastic. Now you may think that spastic is a bad thing, normally it is, but here it is a wonderful thing. The pace and the dialogue are snappy, quick, and above all else entertaining. The dialogue is simply breathtaking to read. It's quick and punchy. The report between Tommy and Tuppence is simply amazing. This book really showed how well Agatha Christie could write quick, believable dialogue. It is still the one element that is really sticking in my mind after finishing the book last night. It had been a long time since I had read the book so the fact that this is more of a "espionage" novel rather than a "murder mystery" was not at the top of my mind. I was a little bit dismayed at first because I do enjoy a nice murder. It wasn't long though before I didn't care anymore. The story grabbed me and never let go. I'm really looking forward to the next Tommy & Tuppence novel but there are a "few" books between now and then. They already feel like old friends that you can't get enough of. If you like a great read with secret organizations, master-mind criminals posing as someone else, witty dialogue and characters, torpedoed ships, beautiful girls with amnesia, and rich Americans, this book is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was pretty good. It presented a unique problem. I predicted who the criminal was, but I am very good at mysteries and I don't think that it was very obvious (the answer, I mean). You should definitely read this book. I couldn't put it down!
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pattyb41 More than 1 year ago
The Secret Adversary may turn out to be my favorite. A younger version of Miss Marple and Poirot, every bit as spellbinding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book itself was a good old-fashioned mystery but there are huge gaps in the electronic version that make it nearly impossible to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im thirteen i love this book great book to help you strengthrn ur mind abd catch you into a mysterious world thst makes you think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not much on the mystery side both wonderfully done...
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manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful
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