The Secret Adversary

The Secret Adversary

A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

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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, The Mysterious 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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Dover Publications,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780486820743
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (240 pages)

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JCLMelodyMK Mar 17, 2017

A very enjoyable story with a quick look into the history of the sinking of the Lusitania.
A spy story that's not gory just a nice mystery. Not a lot of slang so an easy read. Good for anyone that likes a gentle mystery.

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Nithya_1
Jul 11, 2015

An interesting story about to unsuspecting people pulled into a deceitful scheme.

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chetanka
Feb 10, 2014

A fun story. Not a lot of gore thank goodness. Characters are young and humourous.

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yonit9
Jun 24, 2013

This was the first Christie book that I was able to predict the criminal. Still, it was amazing.

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jhirdler24
Apr 22, 2013

Another Tommy and Tuppence mystery. These two are my favorite of Christie's detectives, although Miss Marple and M.Poirot are excellent, too. Something about the way they interact with each other makes me smile.

larrydu822 Sep 17, 2012

Not my favorite Christie book by any means. But definitely wort the read. After all it is Agatha Christie, so read it.

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kalio
Feb 15, 2011

Thomas Beresford and Prudence ?Tuppence? Cowley are typical bright young things of the 1920s?unemployed, broke, and bored. So, having tea one day, complaining about the lack of adventure (and jobs), Tommy and Tuppence get an idea. They?ll form the ?Young Adventures, Ltd.? and advertise that they?re willing to do?well, anything. A Mr. Whittingham has overheard the duo at the teahouse, and he contacts them to offer the young lady a job. On a whim, Tuppence gives her name as ?Jane Finn,? an odd moniker that Tommy heard somewhere. Whittingham fires Tuppence, accuses her of blackmail?and gives her a bit of cash. Tommy and Tuppence are inspired. Apparently, they ?know? something! Actual blackmail is risky, but soon they?re head-over-heels in political intrigue, missing heroines, and top-secret documents. Life? Boring? Not when the Young Adventurerers are around. Much of the fun comes from the bumbling teamwork of Tummy and Tuppence, who, of course, come to realize there?s more to their relationship than friendship. Agatha Christie is the Queen of Crime, and this delightful duo of is a refreshing respite from her usual detectives (know-it-all Poirot and little-old-lady Miss Marple). Tommy and Tuppence return for four more thrilling adventures.

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