Want a mystery with humor, bite and some real who-dun-it? Welcome to the marvelous mind of Agatha Christie! That woman can write and spin a tale like nobody’s business.
In her second novel, Agatha Christie introduced Prudence “Tuppence” Cowley and Tommy Beresford, old friends who are both newly discharged from the service at the end of World War I and down to their last farthing. By chance, they meet in London one day and, in a last ditch effort to fight off unemployment, launch a detective firm together – the Young Adventurers. Even before they advertise the new venture, a mystery falls into their lap. Their first case involves tracing a young girl, Jane Finn, who disappeared during the war with a folder of important government papers that could change the fate of England.
As the plot thickens, Tommy and Tuppence find themselves immersed in mysteries galore, as well as interesting characters such as Mr. Carter, a mysterious government official; Julius Hersheimmer, Jane’s American cousin; and Albert, a young boy who dreams of living the life of a cinematic detective. Albert especially is a affable, trusting personality who one can’t help but like.
This book is Christie’s first of many novels to use the “master criminal” plot, a device she returns to many times in her writing career. The suspense is thrilling as is the keenness of Tommy and Tuppence – two characters who will return in a number of other mysteries. But it is in this first meeting that the two are most endearing, especially when… well, you’ll have to read it to see what is so special about the two of them.
In other words, I recommend this book for all ages as well.
Check another book from my list. I sure love that I decided to get back to the classics; they’re enjoyable, refreshing and great reads!