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The Secret Adversary (original 1922; edition 1922)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:The Secret Adversary
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:New York, Dodd, Mead, 1922.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:project gutenberg, nook, fiction, mystery, England, espionage

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The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (1922)

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I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie - both Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot but had never read her Tommy and Tuppence series.

Even though this series is set back in the earlier part of the 20th century, it was still entertaining and the characters were totally what you expect from Dame Agatha Christie.

I am glad that I finally started this classic series and look forward to getting to know these characters as well as Christie's others. ( )
  cyderry | Dec 7, 2016 |
I listened to this one - an early book by Christie and the first Tommy & Tuppence story. T & T knew each other growing up. Tommy goes to war and Tuppence sees him again in the hospital as she signed up as a nurse. After the war, they run into each other and decide to form the Young Adventurers willing to do almost anything for money. They get mixed up in a conspiracy that started right after the sinking of the Luisitiania when a young American girl, Jane Finn, is handed some documents to get safely to shore as the man carrying the papers is unlikely to survive with the ship sinking. Jane gets grabbed up by bad guys right away but fakes amnesia and manages to hide the papers in plain sight. She fakes her condition for five years. T & T are brought in by the English government, Mr. Carter, to try to find her and identify a master criminal, Mr. Brown. T & T are joined by a man claiming to be Jane's American Cousin, Julius, who is rich and feels bad about his father abandoning Jane's mother and wants to find her. First Tommy gets kidnapped and is helped to escape by a pretty French girl, Annette, who seems to be part of the gang. He escapes and then Tuppence is caught and ends up being held with Annette. T & T are also helped by a top English defense attorney. I decided that Mr. Brown had to either be Julius or the top attorney and at first it seems Tommy thinks it is Julius but that was a trick and he and Julius rescue Tuppence and Jane and unmask Mr. Brown. A pretty good story.
  taurus27 | Dec 1, 2016 |
my copy, only a few years old, is falling apart from use ( )
  katcoviello | Sep 21, 2016 |
I came close to giving this 4 stars but there are a few things that let me down in the plot. First, the identity of Mr. Brown was obvious from the moment he appears (or maybe it was just that way for me) despite repeated attempts to cast another character for the part. Second, the thrust of the plot is very much a product of its time and seems slightly trivial roughly a century later. Still, it was enjoyable and Agatha Christie here shows all the early signs of what she, at the time, was yet to be... the Queen of Mystery! ( )
  FolandJr | Aug 10, 2016 |
Tommy and Tuppence #1. A good story, first one with little bit of romance :)
I liked the plot even though i didnt get clue on what was there in those precious documents (so that England could burn it!!!!), neglecting that, the twists were awesome... It was a good read :) ( )
  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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    THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPH<>/B>

She has been missing for five years. And neither her body nor the secret documents she was carrying have ever been found.
Now post-war England's economic recovery depends on finding her and getting the papers back. but he two young Brits working undercover for the ministry know only that her name was Jane Finn and the only photo of her is in the hands of her rich American cousin. they don't know yet about a mysterious and ruthless man called "Mr. Brown" or the beautiful, but sinister, older woman who knows all about Jane Finn ... and therefore must die.
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    WORDS OVERHEARD

From his hiding place behind the door Tommy could hear the Russian's fingers drumming on the table.
"Then what more do you want?"
"The document itself," said the German bluntly.
"Ah! It is not in your possession? But you know where it is?"
"One person - perhaps. And we are not sure of that even."
"Who is this person?"
"A girl."
Tommy held his breath.
"A girl?" the Russian's voice rose contemptuously. "And you have not made her speak? In Russia we have ways of making a girl talk."
"This case is different," said the German sullenly.
"How - different?" He paused for a moment, then went on" "Where is the girl now?"
"She is - "
But Tommy heard no more. A crashing blow descended on his head, and all was darkness ...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553122479, Paperback)

Where is Jane Finn? The mere mention of her name produced a very strange reaction all over London. So strange, in fact, that Tommy and Tuppence deceided to find this mysterious missing lady. And once those two determine sleuths made up their minds, nothing could stop them -- not international espionage, kidnapping...or even murder.

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Hiring themselves out as "young adventurers" proves to be a smart move for Tommy and Tuppence. All Tuppence has to do in their first job is take an all-expense paid trip to Paris and pose as an American named Jane Finn. But with the assignment comes a bribe to keep quiet, a threat to her life, and the disappearance of her new employer. Now Tuppence's newest job is playing detective.… (more)

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