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The Secret Adversary (1922)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Tommy and Tuppence (1)

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Set in 1919, young couple Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley form a partnership, hiring themselves out as "young adventurers". Their first case, however, is more of an adventure than they expect - working to find secret documents that, if they were known to the general public, would fuel a communist revolution in Britain. They know that Jane Finn had the documents when she disappeared five years ago. What they don't know is that a killer is targeting a sinister older woman because she knows all about Jane. Soon Tommy and Tuppence are in grave danger.… (more)
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This was fantastic. This mystery was strong and had me guessing with all the twists and turns and drama. I didn't see it coming. Well written, fast paced and humorous. The characters - wow. I LOVED Tommy and Tuppence. Tommy is down to earth, logical and calm. Tuppence is headstrong, quickwitted and severe. I loved how practical and honest Tuppence is - and she has such a sense of adventure. Afterall their inital partnership is thus named The Young Adventurers, Ltd - ‘Two young adventurers for hire. Willing to do anything, go anywhere. Pay must be good. No unreasonable offer refused.’

Christie, Agatha. The Complete Tommy & Tuppence Collection (Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries) . William Morrow Paperbacks. Kindle Edition.


The banter between them is adorable. They've known each other since childhood and are great friends and it's clear in every interaction that they have a long history and feel comfortable around one another. Tuppence may be strong willed and imaginative but Tommy is no push over - he's more than willing to call Tuppence out on her crap.

“There wouldn’t be the least difference if you were caught!”
“Perhaps not. But I shouldn’t be caught. I’m so clever.”
“Modesty always was your besetting sin,” remarked Tommy.

Christie, Agatha. The Complete Tommy & Tuppence Collection (Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries) . William Morrow Paperbacks. Kindle Edition.


Together they make one hell of a team. And I don't think I've read any other book set in this time where the female character is so badass. I mean she tackles a guy.

“Just a word with your pretty friend here.” He stretched out an unsteady hand, and clutched Jane by the shoulder. Tuppence heard other footsteps behind. She did not pause to ascertain whether they were friends or foes. Lowering her head, she repeated a manœuvre of childish days, and butted their aggressor full in the capacious middle. The success of these unsportsmanlike tactics was immediate. The man sat down abruptly on the pavement. Tuppence and Jane took to their heels.

Christie, Agatha. The Complete Tommy & Tuppence Collection (Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries) . William Morrow Paperbacks. Kindle Edition.


I mean sure I've read heroines outsmarting people. Thinking for themselves. Being proactive when faced with danger. But I think it's a first to read one who's willing to physically take on an attacker in such a manner. Belting someone over the head with a candlestick yes. Rugby tackling no. And it was freaking awesome!


The romance is very abrupt and somewhat disjointed but the friendship between them is really special and makes it easier to ignore. The other characters were interesting but my favourite was Albert. Especially how he's taken in by the idea of spies and criminals and whatnot. It was adorable to read Tuppence buying threepenny detective novels to make sure she had more cliches ready for him. Plus when Tommy and Albert commando crawl unnecessarily to undertake surveillance. It was awesome.

Overall a solid read. 4.5 stars, rounded to 5. ( )
  funstm | Dec 1, 2022 |
The first book in Christie's lesser-known series, featuring Tommy and Tuppence. Tommy is slow-moving and thoughtful, while Tuppence is impetuous and bubbly. Naturally, it's a match made in heaven, or at least it is by the end of this book. This book is more of a suspense/spy thriller than a traditional Christie mystery. Set in the period between the world wars, Tommy and Tuppence try to find a mysterious missing American girl who survived the sinking of the Lusitania and then disappeared, with some vital state-secret papers in her possession. Everyone's on the lookout for Jane Finn, from British intelligence to her rich American cousin to the Bolshevik bad guys who need the papers to foment a revolution in England. Some of the plot's a bit improbable but Tommy and Tuppence are enjoyable enough characters to make it worth overlooking. I'm looking forward to the next in the series if I can find it. ( )
  rosalita | Nov 9, 2022 |
Hahaha, Agatha Christie is the best! Review to come. :) ( )
  BooksbyStarlight | Oct 25, 2022 |
  PhotoS | Oct 23, 2022 |
امتیاز این رمان به نظرم 3.5 بود چون به ماجراهای اسرارآمیز در استایلز 3 داده بودم اما نظام امتیازدهی گودریدز این اجازه رو نداد 3.5 بدم به رمان... توی این رمان هم قدرت آگاتا کریستی توی تعلیق و رازداری مشخص بود به نظر من این که انقدر منظم نشانه‌هایی رو توی پلات بذاره که با این‌که حلال مشکلاته اما از بعضی چیزهاش خواننده عبور کنه خیلی هنر می‌خواد... اما توی کتاب قبلی گفتم دیالوگ‌ها ضعیف بود و گناه رو انداختم گردن مترجم اما توی این کتاب هم دیالوگ‌ها مشکل داشت. یک سری از بدیهیات توی گفتگوها گفته می‌شه، بعضی جاها صحبت کردن شخصیت‌ها با هم انقدر تیپیکال و مصنوعیه که آدم فکر می‌کنه شخصیت‌ها از یه دنیای دیگه اومدن. امیدوارم تو کتاب‌های متأخرتر آگاتا کریستی و کسب تجربه‌ش این مشکل حل بشه! ( )
  Mahdi.Lotfabadi | Oct 16, 2022 |
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Grünau, Werner vonÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Siikarla, EvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Set in 1919, young couple Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley form a partnership, hiring themselves out as "young adventurers". Their first case, however, is more of an adventure than they expect - working to find secret documents that, if they were known to the general public, would fuel a communist revolution in Britain. They know that Jane Finn had the documents when she disappeared five years ago. What they don't know is that a killer is targeting a sinister older woman because she knows all about Jane. Soon Tommy and Tuppence are in grave danger.

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Tommy Beresford and Prudence 'Tuppence' Cowley are young, in love… and flat broke. Just after Great War, there are few jobs available and the couple are desperately short of money. Restless for excitement, they decide to embark on a daring business scheme: Young Adventurers Ltd.—"willing to do anything, go anywhere." Hiring themselves out proves to be a smart move for the couple. In their first assignment for the mysterious Mr. Whittingtont, 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 their newest job are playing detective.

Where is the real Jane Finn? The mere mention of her name produces a very strange reaction all over London. So strange, in fact, that they decided to find this mysterious missing lady. 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 working undercover for the British ministry know only that her name and the only photo of her is in the hands of her rich American cousin. It isn’t long before they find themselves plunged into more danger than they ever could have imagined—a danger that could put an abrupt end to their business… and their lives.
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