The Secret Adversary (Annotated)

 
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Set in 1919 London and various other outlying locales throughout Britain, young couple Tommy Beresford and Prudence "Tuppence" Cowley, out of work and money, form the "The Young Adventurers, Ltd." planning to hiring themselves out as "adventurers ... willing to do anything, go anywhere ... no unreasonable offer refused." Being overheard by Mr. Whittington, Tuppence is offered a comfortable position, only to be rejected after she gives her name as "Jane Finn", a name Tommy overheard when he and Tuppence earlier entered Lyons for tea and a bite and were walking to their table ("funny scraps one does overhear"). Lyons was the same restaurant at which Whittington overheard Tommy and Tuppence's plan for their new "joint venture." Whittington becomes suspicious of Tuppence, believing her to be blackmailing him. The meeting ends abruptly with Tuppence receiving money with the understanding that she will refrain from using her, albeit nonexistent, knowledge. Convinced that they can get further money out of Whittington if they play their cards right, Tommy and Tuppence prepare to shadow him, only to discover that he has closed his office and disappeared without a trace. His behavior indicates to them that there is another angle to the story. To find out, they place an advertisement, asking for information regarding Jane Finn.

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From the brilliant pen of Agatha Christie comes the first novel in her Tommy and Tuppence mystery series featuring the beloved sleuthing duo.

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.

“Agatha Christie proves that if you really are good enough, you can break all the ‘rules’ and still come up with a winner.” —Anne Perry, New York Times bestselling author of the Thomas Pitt and William Monk series of Victorian mysteries

About the Author:

Agatha Christie (1890-1976), one of the most popular authors of all time and known the Queen of Crime, is the author of eighty novels and short-story collections, including The Mysterious Affair at Styles, And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and The Mirror Crack'd.

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