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The Secret Adversary Paperback – 16 Jul 2015
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About the Author
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign countries. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
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If I were the publisher I would cut my losses, abandon this version and start again with the incomparable Hugh Fraser reading it.
For some reason, I have never read the Tommy and Tuppence stories, I have seen them performed, watched TV versions, and even heard the audiobooks, but actually reading it yourself holds its own joy.
Very pleased to pick this up on Kindle, I enjoyed it so much I have purchased the whole set in paperback as well.
I found the first few chapters amusing but felt the rest of the book was not nearly as good. There are all the standard ingredients - people who seem to know more than they are telling and secret agents following people around and despatching them when necessary not to speak of the sinister looking foreign characters with strange scars and short hair cuts.
I'm sure the book is very much of its time but if it hadn't been for the resourcefulness and unfailing cheerfulness of the two main characters I probably wouldn't have persevered to the end. Others may like it but I'm afraid it wasn't my sort of book.