A New Thing!!!! Just like I used to announce reviews in advance so folks could watch the movies and be ready to discuss, I am announcing a semi-random book in advance! It’s fun, it’s short, it’s FREE (in most places depending on copyright laws), and it is so popular there’s a good chance many of you have already read it. If you haven’t you can skim through the whole thing in like 3-4 hours, so just do that instead of watching a movie this week. On Sunday, a week from now, I will put up a discussion post and we can chat.
This is possibly a terrible idea. But it could also be fun! The Secret Adversary is one of my favorite Christies and I’ve read it loads of times, so I don’t have to reread it. DilDeewana just mentioned she wants to try Christies, and I know Eva is reading it. And I am hoping others of you have read it in the past since it is one of the most popular books ever and translated into ever language and so on and so forth.
If you haven’t read it, let me sell you on it! Agatha Christie had one set of detectives who were different than her others. Tommy and Tuppence are a couple of detectives, and a couple who were in love, and (what I think is most interesting), a couple that aged accurately and organically over the course of their books. This is the very first book, it features Tommy and Tuppence as two post-war (WWI) young British people, looking for jobs and ready for adventures and also in love with each other but not sure how to say it. Tommy is a former soldier and war hero, Tuppence is a minister’s daughter who drove ambulances during the war and can’t settle down to civilian life. They are childhood friends, knew each other again during the war, and now have bumped into each other in London post war just in time to be caught up in a Mystery and Adventure.
In later Tommy and Tuppence books, they face the challenges of early married life, feeling useless and out of things in middle-age, the struggles of moving into a new house after retirement, and finally a whole book about nursing homes. And go through British history too, starting post-WWI, moving into the small economic boom, then WWII, then the security of the 1950s, and finally the uncertainty and changing world of the 1960s.
So, read this book, enjoy the romance and adventure and lack of copyright protection, then come back in one week to talk about it with us all. And then go about your life knowing you can read the later Tommy and Tuppence books whenever you want.
And when I say “read for free”, for real, read for FREE. Copyright has expired (woo-hoo!) so the whole dang thing is online. Click this link to download:
Or if you want it all kindle formatted and easy for 99 cents, click this link: