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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.

July 27, 2011 - Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books |


  1. I loved Agatha Christie as a teenager. My favorite was Poirot, but Tuppence and Tommy books were fun too.
    Like you, I loved Tuppence more.

    Good luck with the challenge!

    Comment by Misha | July 27, 2011 | Reply

  2. I read “And Then There Were None” by Christie years ago, and I loved it. Recently when wandering through Barnes & Noble I saw “Murder on the Orient Express” and was quite pleased with that book as well. I’m definitely going to be checking out many more of her books and I’m sure I’ll come across this one eventually.

    Comment by Adam | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. I just experienced my first Christie book recently and now need to try more of her work! I don’t think I’ve heard of Tommy and Tuppence.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  4. I am writing this one down. sounds exciting. Great review 🙂

    Comment by jennygirl | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  5. I love Tommy and Tuppence. Glad you enjoyed this one.

    Comment by Carol | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  6. I really need to read Agatha Christie….

    Comment by JoAnn | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  7. I devoured Agatha Christie in my early 20s. Wonder if I would love them just as much today.

    Comment by Nise' | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  8. I read a lot of Agatha Christie as a young teenager but never any books with Tuppence andTommy so your review really interests me. They sound like a great pair and I love that you found them entertaining. The story sounds captivating, too! I’m going to put T&T on my list!

    Good luck with the challenge, Stacy!

    Comment by Amy | July 29, 2011 | Reply

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