Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary

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Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary

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Editat: oct. 30, 2007, 4:22am

Is this a spy novel? Has Agatha Christie ever written something that would be classified under espionage fiction?

oct. 30, 2007, 8:21am

IIRC, most, if not all, of the "Tommy and Tuppence" novels have to do with espionage. Partners in Crime and N or M? definitely have international intrigue, and so does Passenger to Frankfurt (not a T&T). I think The Big Four might qualify, but I barely remember it...definitely not one of her better books.

oct. 30, 2007, 9:36am

Destination Unknown is probably as close as Christie got to a spy thriller. Personally, I don't think any of the books with international intrigue elements are among her best.

Early Tommy and Tuppence books are fun though, Partners In Crime especially.

Editat: oct. 30, 2007, 6:48pm

Tommy and Tuppence are fun, though I believe the last of them (Postern of Fate) is purely madness and murder, without elements of espionage or international crime. In fact, I remember I found it quite disturbing - unusually so for Christie. Passenger to Frankfurt, however, was my least favorite of hers, ever. But I agree that early Tommy and Tuppence (which the latter isn't) are - if relatively thin and period - distinctly enjoyable. Am I right she meant to use them to satirize other authors then current? I didn't know this at the time I read them, and so didn't catch it. She was a sort of introductory author for me, so I might not have done so, anyway.

oct. 30, 2007, 8:01pm

In Partners in Crime the duo set up a fake detective agency as part of a counterespionage maneuver, but get a series of real clients approaching them. Tommy and Tuppence decide to solve each one n the manner of a different fictional detective, so each chapter is like a short story that parodies the various authors' styles. I don't think any other T&T stories are parodies.

oct. 30, 2007, 8:10pm

Oh, yes - I remember now! Quartzite, thank you for employing your more accurate memory to the benefit of all. :)

oct. 30, 2007, 8:57pm

Thanks very much!

The only Agatha Christie book I ever read was Easy to Kill (a.k.a. Murder is Easy), which I enjoyed a bit. I do like some of the older adaptations, but it's really my wife who has read more of her books.

She prefers the Poirot stories and novels over anything else she's read though, and one of her (still unread) non-Poirot titles is The Secret Adversary, which is why I asked about it.

And now, thanks to all of you, I have a few titles to look into!