Author(s): Agatha ChristieDownload
Tommy and Tuppence are young, in love… and flat broke. Restless for excitement, they decide to embark on a daring business scheme: Young Adventurers Ltd.—”willing to do anything, go anywhere.” But they get more than they bargained for when their first assignment for the sinister Mr. Whittington draws them into a diabolical conspiracy.It isn’t long before they find themselves plunged into more danger than they ever could have imagined—a danger that could put an abrupt end to their business…and their lives.
Some Reviews: 2613 in Goodreads.com
Tommy & Tuppence sittin’ in a tree…!
A group of young Adventurers overcome several thrilling events in a tale jam packed with action, a story that deals with secret documents written by secret people that must be stopped by secret people in a very secretive way. The two novices stumble upon this, and their wits (both sexes are seen as equal in their cunning or charm) help them solve the puzzle. Agatha Christie is the equivalent of a warm pot pie on some cold, dreary evening… (aka better than this terrestrial form of hell….)
Not the usual Christie mystery. This is a John Buchan style ripping yarn with light-weight espionage and a heavy emphasis on adventure.Initially I found the plot so light on logic and the situations so uncharacteristically contrived and co-incidence driven that it made me look back at the cover to confirm if I was reading a Christie or a Wodehouse. But it picked up gradually and then ended in a massive flourish. The mystery component, though not entirely unpredictable, was handled quite adeptly as usual. But what I liked most about the book was how well fleshed out most of the characters were. Only Christie would be able to put me wise on how every other dialogue from the hustling Hersheimmer cracked me up. An extra-star just for those crafty dialogues. A cool read.
Thought I’d finish it over a weekend but it took two. Never mind, coz it was good enough. Not the one which gets hold of you and shakes through and through but good enough.
It’s a story of a mysterious teenage girl who’s entrusted with important treaty and goes missing right after she gets handed it over to her. Tommy and Twopence, sorry, Tuppence ( that’s the clue, right? )
form together Young Adventures, a tiny organization to earn money in curious ways, fall right into the track on a very first day. There’s a secret organization, a shadow omnipresent bad boy who rules everything, adventure, courage, and constant doubt. And whoa! You’re on a roller coaster of one of Christie’s thriller.
Sometimes stretched a little, the story shoots forward once the person in demand, Jane Finn is discovered. I couldn’t put down the book afterwards. All in all, a 3.5 star story.
Well I can now say I have finished my first Agatha Christie and I can say that it went better than I was expecting.
Now for me Agatha Christie conjured up images of the longest running play (although I believe it has now finished) to little of ladies knitting and solving impossible murders. Now I know that is a Massive disservice who in many ways is the progenitor or British Crime stories but I guess with such a huge publication catalogue and I guess also an aging style (cannot remember the last time I heard someone being referred to as “you old thing”) has meant her work has fallen out of favour and to the back of the library shelves.
So when I saw this collection of Tommy and Tuppence stories I thought I should give it a go, as much for the fact it was from a series I knew next to nothing about but also the fact that it was a short series (Ms Christie sure did write a lot)
The story I shall avoid but enough to say that once it got up to speed it was actually jolly good fun (oh dear now I am at it) but you had to get past the dated dialogue and at times rather antiquarian and uncomfortable opinions. But you have to remember this was a reflection of the time it was written in we have all moved on.
So what of the book- it was a fun spy chase story more than the whodunit I was expecting which along with the actual enjoyment of reading helped shatter a few of my misconceptions and dare I say it biases I have held over the years.
will I read any more – yes I think I will but not just yet. time for something totally different.
Being the first Agatha Christie novel that I’ve read in eons I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. All in all it wasn’t that mysterious per say but enjoyable nonetheless.
Tommy Beresford and Prudence Cowley called Tuppence, childhood friends who happen upon each other after the war (thats WWI) are both looking for jobs and start brainstorming some ideas finally deciding to put an advertisement in the paper saying they’re willing to do ‘anything’ but with terms and conditions of course. Well while chatting at a cafe a gentleman close by overhears them and thus begins their adventures…
First a doomed ship, then a strange meeting, meet an unusually rich American, a German guy, a captured girl, the mysterious ‘Mr. Brown’, and then there’s that Jane Finn who is Jane Finn and where is she?
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