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Down on their luck and without any prospect of employment, Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley, the hero and heroine of Agatha Christie’s 1922 mystery novel The Secret Adversary come up with a plan for financial success. No ordinary idea will do, so the young couple decides to form their own detective agency. To their surprise, Tuppence is offered a job right away. To protect her identity, she uses a pseudonym, borrowing a name that she and Tommy had heard at random in a conversation in town. When Tuppence tells her potential employer, Mr. Whittington, that her name is “Jane Finn,” however, he begins acting strangely and makes Tuppence promise to keep a certain mysterious piece of knowledge secret in exchange for money. Tuppence has no idea what this knowledge might be, but clearly there is more to Jane Finn than either she or Tommy ever could have imagined. With a strong appetite for a good mystery, Tommy and Tuppence embark on a quest to figure out just who Jane Finn might be and exactly what top-secret information she might have. The two rookie detectives are in for a wild ride, certainly more than they ever bargained for on their first case. Try to keep up with them as they navigate a newfound world of intrigue, conspiracy, and danger.
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Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is one of the most widely-read mystery writers of all time, with a career that spans decades and dozens of published works. Christie was born in England to an American father and British mother. In childhood she lost her father and was raised by her widowed mother. Christie was educated at home and abroad, in Paris. She married in 1914, and perhaps because she was unhappy in her marriage, she turned to writing as a creative outlet. Christie published her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced the immortal Hercule Poirot, in 1920. Her success as an author was soon established, and Christie continued to turn out novel after novel, even while enduring personal difficulties. In 1930 Christie married for the second time and found happiness traveling the world and writing further mysteries, often with settings inspired by her exotic destinations. Christie died in 1976, having left behind an enormous body of work, full of bizarre twists and turns, chilling crimes, and detectives who were always just too smart for murderous villains.Back to top
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IT was 2 p.m. on the afternoon of May 7, 1915. The Lusitania had been struck by two torpedoes in succession and was sinking rapidly, while the boats were being launched with all possible speed. The women and children were being lined up awaiting their turn. Some still clung desperately to husbands ...Back to top
Reviewed by cgarri on Apr 15, 2013
More unbelievable than her usual stories
First, I did enjoy reading it. That said, she has written much better. All the characters were written exaggerated; a cartoon compared to a Poirot or Marple story.
Reviewed by pepper on Jan 3, 2009
So far I have read the first page of the first chapter, it seems slow to me. lol
Reviewed by grammy on Jun 9, 2010
Good clean fun. Keeps one guessing until the last minute.
Reviewed by darlingman on Apr 22, 2010
A great introduction to Christie
A fast-paced read, targeted at young adult readers, this is a great way for newcomers to Agatha Christie's works to get started. Yes, the plot is perhaps a little too full of 'convenient' coincidences, but nonetheless it's a book spiced with Christie's flavor for straight-to-the-point narrative and of course the obligatory sting in the tail. You'll probably figure out the mystery halfway through; there are plenty of clues in there, but, just when you think you've got it... well, give it a go. The best recommendation I can make is after reading this, you'll want more.
Reviewed by giveGodtheglory on Jul 31, 2009
I'd like to get it on hard copy sometime for a second read.
Very skillfully done. I had figured out who Mr. Brown was, but then Mrs. Christie threw me a red herring.
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