Tommy and Tuppence. two young people short of money and restless for excitement, embark on a daring business scheme - Young Adventurers Ltd.
Their advertisement says they are 'willing to do anything, go anywhere'. But their first assignment, for the sinister Mr Whittington, plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined.
Originally titled The Joyful Venture, the name changed to The Young Adventurers before finally becoming The Secret Adversary. The woman’s name that inspired Agatha Christie would also change, from Jane Fish, to Jane Finn. It is one of only two novels in which the dedication is addressed to the reader: "To all those who lead monotonous lives in the hope that they experience at second hand the delights and dangers of adventure".
Published by the Bodley Head in 1922, it became Christie's first novel (and second story) to be made into a film; Fox Film in Germany adapted it under the title Die Abenteuer G.m.b.H. It was adapted in the UK in 1985 by London Weekend Television and starred Francesca Annis and James Warwick as Tommy and Tuppence, who would go on to star in the series Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime. The graphic novel adaptation was first published in French under the title Mr Brown in 2003. In 2015 it was adapted and broadcast on BBC One in Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime starring David Walliams as Tommy and Jessica Raine as Tuppence.
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