The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
If this had been my first Christie novel I would only have read more of her work through happenstance, but then again with her characters being so frequently in entertainment media I might have been persuaded to try another.
This book was plodding and there were several instances of a disconnect between one event and another. Additionally, the stereotypes in this book were more pronounced than in others that I’ve read from Christie and her use of the vernacular of the time (trying to be hip?) was disconcerting. The edition that I was reading had a plethora of footnotes explaining said vernacular and at times that in itself, just by the sheer volume of them was in itself confusing and often unneeded.
Tommy and Tuppence are both fatuous and shallow at the start of the book but by the end are the epitome of stalwart British young men and women.
Overall I’m glad I read this book if for no other reason than to see another side of Christie. The logic she uses in her other works far surpasses the silliness of this one. That in itself made this a work worth reading.
". . . those who claim to know the Mind of God, who will tell you what God thinks and how He will judge and condemn others—those people are the greatest of all blasphemers." Aloysius Xingu Leng Pendergast