Saturday, October 16, 2010
The Secret Adversary
Berkley Books, 1922
Mystery; Tommy and Tuppence
Summary: An exciting story following a pair of adventurers known as Tommy and Tuppence. They work to stop a Bolshevik plot that could bring down the British government.
Thoughts: I wasn't sure what to expect (okay I had the thought that I'd be getting a good mystery because it's from Agatha Christie) but this was not quite that. Tommy and Tuppence are quite young (early 20s) and speak in what seems a very affected style but may actually be true for the time period. I find their words a little weird but mostly endearing. They were FUN characters and I think I like them more than Miss Marple and certainly more than Poirot.
The plot was fast-moving, much to Tuppence's preference. They are looking for a way to make a bit of money and end up entangled in a plot seemingly plotted by the Bolsheviks (I'm not entirely clear on that point). They meet a variety of characters in a confusing but fun plot. It definitely leans a bit more to the thriller side.
As to the ultimate mastermind, the so-called Mr Brown, there are two main candidates and I of course picked the wrong one because I liked him in his other guise so much. The ending is quite satisfactory though.
Overall: A welcome change from the usual Christie! I will definitely be reading the other T&T books sooner rather than later.
Cover: Not my cover, which is super boring, but I really like this picture! The black could stand out if surrounded by light colored books and it looks like a man is dashing around which fits the story.