James J. Cudney at This is My Truth Now is holding an Agatha Christie Readathon during the month of April and has invited his readers to join. “The Secret Adversary was the kickoff book.
This is only my second Agatha Christie novel that I have ever read, the first being “And Then There Were None,” but I vaguely remember it. I did read Christie’s autobiography a few years ago, which put her back on my radar but I haven’t been able to get to her books until now. “The Secret Adversary” was definitely a good start to being reintroduced to the iconic mystery writer.
Tommy and Tuppence, two young people short of money and restless for excitement, 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 definitely has a knack of keeping her readers stumped until the end, constantly weaving twists and turns at every available moment. She likes to dangle a carrot and make sure she has the reader’s attention and just when one thinks they have it figured it out, she takes it away and reveals the truth.
The story definitely was not what I thought it was going to be, given the introduction, which had grabbed my immediate attention. While I wish, Jane and the “packet” played more into the plot of the story, I was not overly disappointed and thought the end result was great, if not better.
All the characters had an interesting role in the plot and it was fun discovering the truth through them. Tuppence and Tommy were of course my favorite with Tuppence’s obstinate persistence and Tommy’s unwitting smarts. I loved how they started as a pair but then broke off into two separate story lines that eventually linked again later on. The “love interest” story line that was thrown in was quite unexpected but as the story played out, I saw how it was necessary.
This book was so much fun and I definitely want to read more in the Tuppence and Tommy series. However, first I have to finish this read-a-thon. “Peril at End House” is next on the list.