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review 2018-03-12 23:00
Fun Beginning to Tommy & Tuppence
The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence #1) - Agatha Christie

I haven't really focused on Christie's non-Poirot/Marple books. Last year I said j would read all of Christie's other books and I just got busy and lost interest. Now I'm ready to take a look at her other works. There's also a rereleased of a biography coming out soon about Christie that I can't wait to read. 


"Secret Adversary" is flawed, but I enjoyed it. The plot gets down right ridiculous after a while and there's way too many coincidences to make the story work, but Tommy and Tuppence are great partners and it makes me think that this is what I wanted "The Thin Man" to be more like. 


The characters of Tommy and Tuppence were fun. They were weirdly apart for most of the book, but still were totally in each other's corners. I did laugh at Christie saying how Tommy isn't attractive and Tuppence was just okay. And it's even said many times that Tommy is not that smart. She does love disparaging her creations, it's kind of funny to read a book where the main characters are not beautiful and the smartest things ever. 


The secondary characters were sketched with broad strokes. We get a millionaire American that I felt was just a walking talking stereotype of an American. We get mysterious women and a mysterious man hell bent on wrecking England. I had a hard time swallowing this storyline in The Big Four and didn't buy it here either. 


The writing takes a bit to get used to, but I didn't find it hard to understand the dialogue between characters. The flow didn't work though. Some scenes felt endless. 


The setting of post war England shows that not everything is coming up roses. Tommy and Tuppence are both struggling to make ends meet and there frank conversation about marrying for money was funny, but also realistic.


The ending was rather sweet I thought. You have Tommy and Tuppence setting off together in more ways than one. Going to read book number two soon. 


This book is available via public domain. I would say that the formatting drove me up the wall. I'm glad I got it for free, but now I'm wishing I just paid for a version. 


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text 2018-03-12 17:19
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence #1) - Agatha Christie

I liked it! Not the best Christie book, but I enjoyed Tommy and Tuppence a lot. Some of the plot made absolutely no sense, but I enjoyed the ride all the same.


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text 2018-03-12 09:17
Reading progress update: I've read 17%.
The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence #1) - Agatha Christie

Cool there's a reference to Japp in this one!


The dialogue is cracking me up too. I'm surprised Christie wrote this since her later books seemed to turn a dim view to young people (at least it read that way in the Poirot books).


I can read this for Horror Aficionados challenge too so that's two things I can knock off. 

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review 2016-04-02 22:48
Partners in Crime (Tommy and Tuppence #2) - Agatha Christie

More of a series of short stories than a novel, so it was a bit uneven.  Some of the mysteries were quite clever, however.  I find Tommy and Tuppence really fun as partners and characters, although they're not quite as adorable here as they were in the first book.


There's an awful lot of detective name-dropping in this book (reminds me a little of Connie Willis actually) and I don't even think I knew half of them, so some of the references went over my head.

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review 2014-02-23 21:35
N or M?
N or M? - Agatha Christie

The next installment in my quest to re-visit Dame Agatha's works: N or M? follows the adventures of Tommy and Tuppence during the War. 


Tommy and Tuppence Beresford - both getting on a bit - are both refused a chance to contribute to the war effort. Tommy is turned down from working for the secret service and Tuppence is turned down from working as a nurse. Yet, just a short time afterwards Tommy is approached with a secret mission and Tuppence inevitably follows him in an adventure to expose two German spies and save the country from impending invasion.


N or M? is like many other Tommy and Tuppence adventures - charming. Everything is very twee. There is no blood or gore - even though there is a murder and plenty of action, the story solely focuses on the mystery of the guessing game which of the characters are the spies.


Christie, is famous (or rather infamous) for not being able to pull of thrillers very well, and N or M? gives us a good idea of how she achieved that literary ill repute: The story is fun, but despite the red herrings and interesting characters it doesn't really fulfill it's potential as a spy story. As a result, it satisfies Christie fans who - like me - love and adore her formulaeic structures as well as her humor and, of course, like to be reacquainted with the beloved characters of Tommy and Tuppence.

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