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by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot begins his career investigating the sudden death of a wealthy heiress, and Tommy and Tuppence stumble onto a conspiracy of espionage and murder while looking for a missing woman
Download The Mysterious Affair at Styles, the Secret Adversary: An Agatha Christie Omnibus epub
ISBN: 0786704349
ISBN13: 978-0786704347
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Agatha Christie
Language: English
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub (February 1, 1998)
Pages: 440 pages
ePUB size: 1578 kb
FB2 size: 1555 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 797
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I have read many, many Agatha Christie books over the years, and was delighted to be able to download these two which I had not read before. Both were typical Agatha Christie classics. I have found that people either like or they hate these novels. I am part of the former group. I enjoy the strong sense of British society at that time it conveys (with so many of the values and prejudices of the upper class so amusing by today's tastes). Agatha Christie is a master (or should I say mistress) of subtle clues, clever red herrings and taking the reader by surprise when the true murderer is exposed. These books are not challenging or complex, but are the type of books just perfect for reading by the fire on a cold winter's night or when curled up in bed late at night.
Before purchasing, I was careful to select a version that stated it did in fact include the illustrations that go along with the story. In the description, it clearly states that this one includes maps and a copy of the will discussed in the mystery. However, that is not the case. This version has no such illustrations, just a "-" where they should be. Very disappointing since they are an important part of the novel. If you are looking to read this excellent book, be sure to find a version that is in fact illustrated and not be fooled by false claims like the creators of this one obviously have set forth.
The title of this book is a little deceptive. Of the four stories in the book only two are by Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Poirot) and The Secret Adversary (Tuppence and Tommy). The third was The Hounds of the Baskervilles By Doyle and the fourth was David Copperfield.
They are all great classics, but not By Agatha Christie. David Copperfield was by far the longest of the four.
It is a good book for acquiring a few classics, so I think it was well worth the price.
Two stars for The Secret Adversary and four stars for The Mysterious Affair at Styles. It is nice that this single volume contains the first two mysteries that Agatha Christie wrote. The Secret Adversary, which marks Christie's writing debut, is Christie-light, the first of 5 "Tommy and Tuppence"mysteries. When the Lusitania is torpedoed information that is of national security importance to England, and which, in the wrong hands, could bring down the government, is passed on to a young woman in the hope that she will survive. But what becomes of the woman and the information? While the novel contains some twists, the kinds of which the reader would come to expect in any Christie mystery, the main characters, especially Tuppence border on the annoying, and the writing is rather mundane, making this a less-than memorable read. Of course, this would all change soon with the introduction in her next novel, The Mysterious Affair Of Styles, of one of her most beloved recurring characters, the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Here, the mystery is a bit more mysterious and its unraveling more satisfying, as Poirot is called on to help investigate the 70-year-old mistress of Styles. As usual with so many of her mysteries, Christie towards the end provides us with a piece of information that would have definitely pointed in the right direction of the culprit, had the reader learned of it earlier, Nevertheless, this one is a fun read, especially for those who are interested in the development of Miss Christie's writing skills.
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I liked the quick pace of this book. The ending was quite surprising. I would not place her writing in the league of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but enjoyable, nonetheless. If you are looking for a "collection" of her works, this is not it. Just the two stories by Christie, then on to three "bonus books," two of which I had already read (The Hound of the Baskervilles and David Copperfield) and Riders of the Purple Sage, by Zane Gray, which I did not like.
Though it has only two Christie books, THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES and THE SECRET ADVERSARY, it also gives Arthur Conan Doyle's THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, Zane Grey's RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE, and Dickens's DAVID COPPERFIELD. The active Tables of Contents make it easy to navigate, especially if you do as I do and get a lot of it read to you by the Kindle's text-to-speech feature, which I love...great at bedtimes or when driving, for example.

I also like the Kindle's adjustable-font-size feature, as my vision has become less sharp

2000+ pages of good material. How can one go wrong?
Tuppence and Tommy: The dated bits were, by and large, lots of fun. And, honestly, considering the fact that this book is nearly ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD, the first 'T&T' novel reads remarkably like something that could have been written last week.
The secret adversary was well done and the characters were endearing. Much more relatable then Poroit. The story is fun all the way through. There didn't seem to be a large portion where you were convinced that the detectives already knew everything and were just being clever to wait for everyone else to catch on. That can get a little annoying. The age of the story isn't a barrier to getting sucked right in.