The Secret Adversary

The Secret Adversary

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Investigating the case of a woman who has been missing for five years, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford uncover just enough information to solve the mystery and put their own lives in jeopardy.


From the brilliant pen of Agatha Christie comes the first novel in her Tommy and Tuppence mystery series featuring the beloved sleuthing duo—now a movie on both Acorn TV and PBS.

Tommy and Tuppence are young, in love… and flat broke. Restless for excitement, they decide to embark on a daring business scheme: Young Adventurers Ltd.—"willing to do anything, go anywhere." But they get more than they bargained for when their first assignment for the sinister Mr. Whittington draws them into a diabolical conspiracy.

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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Tommy and Tuppence Beresford become involved in a business scheme that promises excitement but draws them into a political conspiracy.

Publisher: New York : Signet, 2001
ISBN: 9780062074355
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY CHR
Characteristics: 242 p. ;,18 cm.


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Apr 29, 2019

Very dated. I was not very impressed with "plucky" Tuppence and "blockheaded" Tommy. Reminded me a little of Nancy Drew who was "spunky" These types do not solve international crimes..

Jan 17, 2019

I am not a fan of Tommy & Tuppence stories, nor am I a fan of spy stories. Oh well, I'll know better next time. I thought this was overly complicated (or maybe I was just distracted) but I did not enjoy this at all.

JCLMelodyMK Mar 17, 2017

A very enjoyable story with a quick look into the history of the sinking of the Lusitania.
A spy story that's not gory just a nice mystery. Not a lot of slang so an easy read. Good for anyone that likes a gentle mystery.

Jul 11, 2015

An interesting story about to unsuspecting people pulled into a deceitful scheme.

Feb 10, 2014

A fun story. Not a lot of gore thank goodness. Characters are young and humourous.

Jun 24, 2013

This was the first Christie book that I was able to predict the criminal. Still, it was amazing.

Apr 22, 2013

Another Tommy and Tuppence mystery. These two are my favorite of Christie's detectives, although Miss Marple and M.Poirot are excellent, too. Something about the way they interact with each other makes me smile.

larrydu822 Sep 17, 2012

Not my favorite Christie book by any means. But definitely wort the read. After all it is Agatha Christie, so read it.

Feb 15, 2011

Thomas Beresford and Prudence ?Tuppence? Cowley are typical bright young things of the 1920s?unemployed, broke, and bored. So, having tea one day, complaining about the lack of adventure (and jobs), Tommy and Tuppence get an idea. They?ll form the ?Young Adventures, Ltd.? and advertise that they?re willing to do?well, anything. A Mr. Whittingham has overheard the duo at the teahouse, and he contacts them to offer the young lady a job. On a whim, Tuppence gives her name as ?Jane Finn,? an odd moniker that Tommy heard somewhere. Whittingham fires Tuppence, accuses her of blackmail?and gives her a bit of cash. Tommy and Tuppence are inspired. Apparently, they ?know? something! Actual blackmail is risky, but soon they?re head-over-heels in political intrigue, missing heroines, and top-secret documents. Life? Boring? Not when the Young Adventurerers are around. Much of the fun comes from the bumbling teamwork of Tummy and Tuppence, who, of course, come to realize there?s more to their relationship than friendship. Agatha Christie is the Queen of Crime, and this delightful duo of is a refreshing respite from her usual detectives (know-it-all Poirot and little-old-lady Miss Marple). Tommy and Tuppence return for four more thrilling adventures.

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