WEEKLY WONDER (BEST OF AGATHA CHRISTIE): THE SECRET ADVERSARY (#14)

Hey, guys.

The Weekly Wonder is a series in which we recommend books which  should be right at the top of your To Be Read pile, without giving out any spoilers. This is the Agatha Christie Special!

I know I said that I would be doing only three AC reviews, but I just couldn’t resist. My weak resolve has led to this being the second- last AC review. There’s one more to come after this one. It’s possibly the best book she ever wrote. Clue: it’s got Poirot, but no Hastings. (If you would like to hazard a guess, tell me in the comments below.)

This week’s Weekly Wonder is –

The Secret Adversary, by Agatha Christie
The Secret Adversary, by Agatha Christie

SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY?

The book begins with the sinking of the ship Lusitania, which had been torpedoed relentlessly by the German U-boats. A curious conversation between a worried man and a young American lady, a handover of private documents, and an evacuation occurs within the time period of two pages.

As if this wasn’t enough to leave you breathless, we are suddenly whisked away to post- WWI London. Here we make acquaintance of the spirited Tuppence and a charming Tommy, best friends since childhood and very hard up.  In a frankly ridiculous attempt to make money, they set up a joint venture- Young Adventurers Ltd. What started out as a joke spirals out of control, sending the young twosome headfirst into the dangerous world political scene. They are perpetually haunted by two names- Jane Finn, and the seemingly innocuous Mr. Brown.

Who are they? What happens to Tommy and Tuppence?

Read it to find out.


A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES

“Don’t be offended because I think you’re young. Youth is a failing only too easily outgrown.”

“Money, money, money! I think about money morning, noon and night! I dare say it’s mercenary of me, but there it is!”

“Never tell all you know—not even to the person you know best.”

“A great many men are mad, and no one knows it. They do not know it themselves.”


WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT

  • For those of you who like a little bit of history mixed up with your books, this is perfect. The book has themes of the First World War, the sinking of the Lusitania (which was a turning point in history, because that’s when USA officially entered the fray) and treaty conspiracy theories.
  • The Secret Adversary has a very ‘British’ narration  and a ‘London’ quality to it. It’s very different from the Poirot or the Marple series.
  • Hands up for the deadliest female antagonist in all of Agatha Christie’s works. Rita Vandemeyer is a piece of art.
  • For all those hopeless romantics out there who love shipping but are trying out mystery/detective fiction for the first time- there may be chance of your ship succeeding! (Or not.)
  • Plot twist, plot twist alert! Agatha Christie’s not The Queen Of Crime and Mystery for nothing.

Add it to your TBR pile, and tell me all about it.

If you would like us to review a book for you, tell us in the comments!

Happy Reading!

Pallavi.

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