The Secret Adversary, by Agatha Christie

The Secret Adversary (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)Finished 7-27-11, rating 4.5/5, mystery, 158 pages, pub. 1922

Tuppence and Tommy are two old friends who run into each other in London after WWI is over and jobs are scarce.  Both are out of work and need money.  They decide to advertise in the paper,

“Two young adventurers for hire.  Willing to do anything, go anywhere. No unreasonable offer refused-if pay is good.” 

Before they place the ad a man approaches Tuppence with an offer of easy money.  What she walks into is a world of men bent on ruining England and she and Tommy are thrust into work as spies for the government.  The two are searching for a woman named Jane Finn and the papers she saved when she survived the sinking of the Lusitania.  There are many who befriend them, but they never know quite who to trust.  I didn’t either.

I loved Tuppence.  She was quick and sharp and smart.  Tommy grew on me too.  He was described as slow, but able to see facts for what they were and not to be swayed by lies.  Together they were a perfect team.  I was completely entertained by this duo as they survived by their wits.  I know she wrote more stories about the two of them and I can’t wait to read more of their later adventures.

I enjoyed this one more than her first book.  It felt different, less of a murder mystery, more of a spy novel.

This was from my personal library.

This is my second book for this challenge and Christie’s second novel.

Fun Fact-One of the reasons poison figures so prominently as a means of murder in her
books is because Christie herself worked with pharmaceuticals during WWI.