Tommy & Tuppence

7 June 2004 at 11:15 Leave a comment

I’ve just read Agatha Christie’s first Tommy and Tuppence murder, Secret Adversary, which is online and free for your reading pleasure.

It’s a lot of fun, maybe a little heavy-handed for Christie, and surprisingly political (I’d never noticed her seeming so conservative and so afraid in her other works).

The biggest problems I had were the use of the element of lucky chance in two key scenes, without which the story wouldn’t have moved forward, and a lack of consistency in characterization. People seemed to more act like she needed them to act then like they might really act, but it barely pulled me out of the story. Very, very fun.

The opening scene is a gem, though, and it alone makes you want to read more about T&T.

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What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 3 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 2, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985) 4 years ago

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