Thursday, December 16, 2010

Secret Adversary - by Agatha Christie

Here is my holiday gift to you, an Agatha Christie mystery, Secret Adversary. (£3.99 UK edition) (EUR 2,01 Deutsch edition -note cover is incorrect) Once again, we see the price discrepancy between the various Kindle stores.  This book is free in the US and pricey in the UK.

This is one of the "Tommy & Tuppence" series - actually it is the first book. The characters full names are Thomas Beresford and Prudence Cowley.
Carshalton Terrace proved to be an unimpeachable row of what Tuppence called "ladylike looking houses." They rang the bell at No. 27, and a neat maid answered the door. She looked so respectable that Tuppence's heart sank. Upon Tommy's request for Mr. Carter, she showed them into a small study on the ground floor where she left them. Hardly a minute elapsed, however, before the door opened, and a tall man with a lean hawklike face and a tired manner entered the room.

"Mr. Y. A.?" he said, and smiled. His smile was distinctly attractive. "Do sit down, both of you."

They obeyed. He himself took a chair opposite to Tuppence and smiled at her encouragingly. There was something in the quality of his smile that made the girl's usual readiness desert her.

As he did not seem inclined to open the conversation, Tuppence was forced to begin.

"We wanted to know—that is, would you be so kind as to tell us anything you know about Jane Finn?"

"Jane Finn? Ah!" Mr. Carter appeared to reflect. "Well, the question is, what do you know about her?"
Sounds "all Agatha" to me . . .

From the reviews on Amazon, fans of Christie's work will not be disappointed. So take a break from Poirot, Ms. Marple, and "The Chipmunk Song" and enjoy this "gift!"

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