Book Review: “The Secret Adversary” by Agatha Chrisitie

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

The Secret Adversary is a very early Agatha Christie mystery, it was her second published novel. We don’t have Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot to help our sleuthing but two youngsters: Tommy and Tuppence. Tommy is “one of those young Englishmen not distinguished by any special intellectual ability, but who are emphatically at their best in what is known as a tight place.” Tuppence (the nickname of Miss Prudence Cowley) is a modern girl, determined to make her own way in a male dominated world . The pair have been demobbed after the first world war and are looking for adventures with financial reward to the extent of putting an advertisement in the newspaper…and an adventure they get and a few tight places to get out of, too. The book first published in 1922 feels a little dated but it is still a page turner as are her other novels. The young pair, who are adamantly not a couple (but it turns out they really do harbour romantic feelings for the other) face adversaries in the shape of Bolshevists and Irish Sinn Feiners intent on seeding a revolution in England. The novel has a reactionary tone “Every revolution has had its honest men. They are soon disposed of afterwards.” The events unfold shortly after the Easter Rising in Ireland and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Unusually for an Agatha Christie novel, I correctly guessed which character was “the secret adversary” of the title, usually she has me plum foxed. Lumme.

My rating; 4 out of 5

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2 Responses to Book Review: “The Secret Adversary” by Agatha Chrisitie

  1. BuntyMcC says:

    I read this recently too and rather liked it. It was just before our Canadian election and I was terribly worried that the existing Prime Minister would win again. I copied this quote as being scarily real in too many countries.

    “That I entered politics–say, even, that I became Prime Minister of England? What then? Was that power? Hampered at every turn by my colleagues, fettered by the democratic system of which I should be the mere figurehead! No–the power I dreamed of was absolute! An autocrat! A dictator! And such power could only be obtained by working outside the law. To play on the weaknesses of human nature, then on the weaknesses of nations–to get together and control a vast organization, and finally to overthrow the existing order, and rule! The thought intoxicated me….”

    Excerpt From: Christie, Agatha. “The Secret Adversary.” iBooks.
    This material may be protected by copyright.

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    • It can be uncanny when a book written 90 years ago can resonate with the present. I see the liberals won in Canada, hope it will be better for the country. Canada always seems more civilised than their southern neighbours (no death penalty, a social healthcare system etc…).
      Thank you for your comment, the first comment I’ve received on this new book review blog.

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