The Secret Adversary
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.
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.
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