The Secret Adversary is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head in January 1922 and in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company later in that same year. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6) and the US edition at $1.75. The book introduces the characters of Tommy and Tuppence who feature in three other Christie books and one collection of short stories written throughout her writing career.
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.
The book was good
It had a lot of details and allowed the reader to imagine being in those days. It was descriptive and exciting at times. It had mystery and suspense and it took you to the place as you read. Well written.
The Secret Adversary
Great read! The characters are lively, comical, and vivid. The different personalities of all characters was so entertaining. Many suspenseful moments! I gasping and too anxious to continue at certain points. Great book of course Agatha ❤️
This was an enjoyable read with a great twist in the end. My criticism on this edition of the book is that important plot points are WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS, which can be very distracting and corny.