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The Secret Adversary | [Agatha Christie]

The Secret Adversary

Tommy and Tuppence 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Tommy and Tuppence 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.

© Agatha Christie Mallowan 1951, 2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"Refreshingly original." (Times Literary Supplement)

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    Sandy 08-01-12
    Sandy 08-01-12

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "Set shortly after the end of WW1"

    A Christie adventure mystery, that gives a two young unemployed people a chance to earn an honest income and... well I will let you find out.
    It is a lovely take on Buchin's '39 steps' and maybe 'The Thin Man'. The humour is very much in Christie style.
    I enjoyed listening to this as read by Hugh Fraser and will listen again.

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  • Sheryl
    Auckland, New Zealand
    5/15/14
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    "A nice thriller with delightful detectives"
    Would you listen to The Secret Adversary again? Why?

    I'd definitely listen to this again. I first read the book many years ago and to have it on audible just makes it that much easier to read again. I very often re-read books and this one is easy on the ear and fun to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like Tommy and Tuppence, I like the way they think. Tommy is the "tortoise", a slow but methodical thinker who nonetheless makes good deductions. Tuppence is the "hare", her bouncy personality can be a bit frivolous as a thinker but her ideas are good. They match perfectly.


    Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favourite?

    It's hard to single out just one, Hugh Fraser did a good job on all the characters. The accents are done well too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Tommy and Tuppence book by Agatha Christie. A lot of people will find it dated but as this is one of the periods of crime I love best, I would not hesitate to recommend it. I just don't like the modern crime novels at all so I'm always on the lookout for classic crime. I did guess the answer (or did my subconscious remember it?) about three quarters of the way through the book but this didn't stop my enjoyment of the whole plot.

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  • miss
    United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Quite good"

    Excellent narration. The plot is good although I guessed "who did it" part early in the book, which spoilt it a bit.

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  • Mrs A
    Nottinghamshire, UK
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    "Wayyyyy to dull!!"

    IOt's the 39 steps, but with a female that has been kidnapoped rather than a male - absolute plagurism! I can not understand why it was ever published! It is not very good alt all! Tha character are dull, they have no depth at all and it was just terrible!
    As with many Christie books, there are so many characters, it is hard to keep track of who is who and who has done what! At least with the TV/Film adaptations there is a face to the name.
    This was the 3rd Christie book I had "read" and it may be sacrilege to say, but I found it a little dull and to be fair, if you had all the information on the ‘who-done-it’, it would be easy to detect the killer.
    I was disappointed. I was determined to read or listen to all of her books this year as a personal challenge and I have given up after 6 - dare I say it??
    Yes - I dare…. They are boring!

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