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A world war is over but Great Britain is still menaced by its enemies. Recently released from their wartime service, Tommy and Tuppence are young, energetic . . . and broke. Joining forces, they advertise that they’ll do anything for money. When they’re hired by the government to hunt for a missing treaty, they discover a plot led by the mysterious “Mr. Brown” to destroy the nation! Can Tommy and Tuppence defeat Bolshevists, Sinn Feiners, trade unionists and Labourites and save Britain in her hour of peril?

Agatha Christie created intricate stories of murder and mayhem that have enchanted millions of readers worldwide. Bill Peschel, author of “The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles,” “The Complete, Annotated Whose Body?” and “Writers Gone Wild,” reads between the lines of Christie’s first thriller and tells the fascinating stories behind it.

“The Complete Annotated Secret Adversary” contains more than 700 footnotes describing words, idioms, people, places and contemporary events; essays on Agatha Christie:, her battles with the tax man and her 11-day disappearance that shocked the nation; essays on the times, including flappers, spy scandals, and the world after World War I. The book also contains a detailed chronology of Christie’s life and a list of all of her books.

About the Deluxe Edition

For the Deluxe trade paperback edition, we included the 30 illustrations from the syndicated version of the novel not seen for 80 years!

The Deluxe trade paperback edition includes 30 illustrations from the syndicated version of the novel not seen for 80 years!

For “The Deluxe Complete Annotated Secret Adversary,” we pulled out the stops, such as historical and cultural essays about post-World War I Britain, Agatha Christie’s life, the creation and fate of Tommy and Tuppence, and illustrations from the newspaper syndicated edition not seen for 80 years!

* More than 700 footnotes describing words, idioms, people, places and contemporary events.

* Essays on Christie’s life, her battles with the tax man and her 11-day
disappearance that shocked the nation.

* Historical essays on flappers, spy scandals, trade unionism.

* An overview of the Tommy and Tuppence saga, including critical responses, Tommy and Tuppence in other media; a chronology of Agatha Christie’s life and a list of her books.

* Essays on flappers, spy scandals, trade unions and more.

* 30 illustrations from the novel’s newspaper serialization, not seen for 80 years!

About the Standard Edition

You may see on Amazon and Barnes and Noble references to “The Complete, Annotated Secret Adversary” trade paperback. That edition, a cut-down version of the Deluxe edition, is no longer being sold.

Q: What about the ebook version? That’s called “The Complete, Annotated Secret Adversary.” Is it the same as the Deluxe or Standard version.

A: It is somewhere in between. It has the essays and footnotes from the Deluxe version, but not the 30 newspapers illustrations. Only the trade paperback version has it.

About the Authors

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) created two icons of the mystery genre ─ Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple ─ and wrote eighty crime novels and collections of stories, nineteen plays, six novels written as Mary Westmacott, an autobiography and a memoir, Come, Tell Me How You Live. Her play, The Mousetrap, is the longest-running play in history. Christie was awarded the CBE in 1956 and made a Dame Commander in 1971.

Bill Peschel is a recovering journalist who shares a Pulitzer Prize with the staff of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. He also is mystery fan who has run the Wimsey Annotations at www.planetpeschel.com for nearly two decades. He is the author of the 223B series of Sherlock Holmes parodies and pastiches, The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Complete, Annotated Secret Adversary and The Complete, Annotated Whose Body? as well as Writers Gone Wild (Penguin Books). He lives in Hershey, where the air really does smell like chocolate.

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Other Books By Agatha Christie from Peschel Press

The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles