The novel that introduced Tommy and Tuppence, a bantering pair of 1920s bright young things who solve a mystery together while falling for each other.
The Great War is over and jobs are scarce. Tommy Beresford and Prudence "Tuppence" Cowley, who were friends before the war, run into each other in London and discover they are both equally short of money and opportunities. On a whim, they decide to start a business, advertising themselves as "The Young Adventurers."
Their first job leads them into a series of increasingly dangerous situations involving international spies, a society beauty, a Russian count, the wreck of the Lusitania, an amnesia patient, an American millionaire, and a fiendishly clever arch-criminal known only as "Mr. Brown."
By the time the dust settles, all the puzzle pieces have been fitted together—and the young couple have realized their feelings for each other and have become engaged.
Reader Larkin is an excellent choice to narrate this delightful classic from mystery maven Christie. It is 1919, the Great War is over, and the roaring '20s are just on the horizon in London. Tommy Breseford and Prudence "Tuppence" Cowley are young and optimistic, but they are also broke and out of work which is a problem for the lifestyles they wish to live. On a lark they form a company, the Young Adventurers Ltd., hoping to earn money from odd jobs, anything that will pay. Little do they know that their entrepreneurial romp will lead them down a dangerous, twisted path of secrets, kidnappings, and murder. Christie, through her protagonists, perfectly conveys the buoyant, frivolous times of the early 1920s. Larkin's performance captures that sense of carefree enthusiasm for life before the crash. Her reading is champagne bubbly and engaging throughout the book, especially in the cheeky back-and-forth banter between Tommy and Tuppence. This is a jaunty, jolly good listen.