Monday, 31 March 2014

The Secret Adversary - Book Review



The Secret Adversary 

by

Agatha Christie


Shelfari Description

Tommy and Tuppence, two young people short of money and restless for excitement, embark on a daring business scheme, Young Adventurers Ltd. Their advertisement says they are 'willing to do anything, go anywhere'. But their first assignment, for the sinister Mr Whittington, plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined.



My Thoughts


This is the second book Agatha Christie had published and is so remarkably different from her first which featured Poirot.  Just as you fall in love with the precise Belgian detective who has experience in this field, we also fall in love with the two inexperienced "detectives" here.

It is the way Christie writes the characters of these two sleuths that make this such an enjoyable read.  You are with them all the way as they have clever thoughts and make stupid mistakes but then isn't that what would happen if we ordinary people decided on a whim to go into this type of business?  Of course they do have help from a few other sources and then there are the notable "baddies" as befitting the time setting of this story.  

I had read this many years ago but got caught out on who was the elusive Mr Brown and I think that this is also an indication of her good writing that I was not going on what I may have remembered from the previous reading but was going by what I was reading this time.

I am looking forward to reading the next Tommy and Tuppence Adventure and I do think that the title Young  Adventurers was the correct one for the author to chose for this couple as they should never be compared to the detective she had already created; just enjoyed for the characters they are.



1922


Below is a link to a list of her novels on Shelfari
Books by Agatha Christie

Below is a link to her page on Amazon
Amazon's Agatha Christie Page



7 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your book review! I haven't never read this book. I will have to see if I can fit it in my list of books to read. I have more books than time!

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    1. Hi again Betty, yes the more books than time seems rather familiar.

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  2. Thanks for sharing on Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey!

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  3. Thanks for sharing at the #WWDParty.

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  4. I love a book that manages to keep you guessing, makes for a real page turner!! thanks for linking up with #readwithme I have tweeted this post x

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  5. I loved Agatha Christie as a youngster. You are right in saying that the great thing is that even after having read her stories before you can read it again and still no know who the villain was :)x #readwithme

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  6. Thanks for linking up with the Book Reivew Blog Hop...will have to check this mystery out.

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