Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Book Review: Secret Adversary

The Secret AdversaryThe Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightful romp through post-war London, this book features two young people (Tommy and Tuppence) forced to live "below their means" who decide to form an adventurers' club--for hire, of course. A series of coincidences leads them into employ as secret agents (of the "if you or any of your team are caught, we will disavow any knowledge of you" variety). Can good British stoicism and practicality carry the day? Or will a man without a face prove more than a match for their wits?

There are portions of the plot that may make you say, "No way!" However, the characterizations are so much fun, you should just ignore that voice and go along for the ride. I giggled out loud several times during the exchanges, and nothing amuses me more than an "energetic" American as described by a British author.

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