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ferskner
Murder on the Links | Agatha Christie
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Oh my gosh I forgot to announce this month's #agathachristieclubR2 book, and it's already the middle of the month! I'm sorry, everyone!

I hope you'll be able to join us!

TheAromaofBooks Thank you for the reminder!! I was sad to not join in last month, as I really love The Secret Adversary, but things got super crazy at the end of October for me. Looking forward to this one!! 6d
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks everything is crazy for me too - I feel your pain! 5d
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k.reads
Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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Pickpick

If you enjoy adventure stories in the style of National Treasure (nonstop action that always seems to work out in favor of the protagonists and plot twists that you saw coming a mile away but still may you say “ohhhh snap!”) then you‘ll like this book.
#agathachristieclubR2

ferskner Haha that's a great comparison! 6d
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Linsy
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Book mail!!!

My November reads for #AgathaChristieClubR2 and #LMPBC #GroupQ just arrived and I‘m hoping to read them for the #MrBook1inaMillion readathon. I‘ll also be drinking lots of hazlenut hot cocoa. Congrats, @MrBook! 🥳

#24b4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne #TBR

Lynnsoprano Thanks for joining the party 🎉 1w
sharread Nice, I like! 👍 1w
Andrew65 Good luck! 😊👍 1w
MrBook WOOHOO! 🥳😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
ferskner Oh my gosh I love that cover! 6d
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Linsy
The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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I finally finished October‘s read for #AgathaChristieClubR2! This was my second time through The Secret Adversary, and I loved it! Although it does start awfully slow. Tuppence is my favorite; I can‘t help smiling every time she speaks. I did cringe every time an American was described though — Is that how the British truly saw us? Is that how we were? (Are we still seen that way??) I felt the same way reading Conan Doyle last month. 🧐

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Laughterhp
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Pickpick

Listened to this today while I was leaf blowing. My least favorite part of fall. 😴😴 now

This mystery was good. I thought I knew who was part of it, but of course I shouldn‘t have. Christie is too good! Though I can‘t stand Hastings and definitely think he “falls in love” way to easily.

#agathachristieclubr2

PerksOfBeingABookworm Hastings is really so annoying. And petulant. I liked this book too. 2w
Scochrane26 I was trying to figure out how Hastings fell in love from one encounter. He wasn‘t great in this one. I did enjoy him more in the short stories of Poirot investigates when he got mad at Poirot & called him conceited a few times. 2w
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Linsy
The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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Meant to finish this last month, but got distracted! I‘m about sixty pages in and loving it! Tommy and Tuppence are my favorite Christie sleuths! Hopefully I can join in the discussion soon. #agathachristieclubr2 #currentlyreading

I read another Christie though, Hallowe‘en Party — a Poirot mystery, and loved it! Definitely perfect for the season. 🧐

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hes7
The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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Squeezing in one last mystery for the month. I had a lot of fun with Tommy and Tuppence as they embraced the spirit of “young adventurers” and worked their first case.

+10 for a mystery

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon #AgathaChristieClubR2

CogsOfEncouragement Adore them. 2w
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ferskner
The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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Here are your discussion questions for The Secret Adversary! #agathachristieclubR2

1.) What are your first impressions of Tommy and Tuppence? Does your opinion change by the end of the book?
2.) How does WWI impact the plot and characters?
3.) This is the first of many Christie thrillers. How do you like them compared to the traditional puzzle mystery?
4.) Some critics have noted the use of coincidence in the plot... 👇

ferskner ...(Tuppence using Jane Finn's name, for example.). How do you feel about this choice? 3w
ferskner 5.) Did you figure out the identity of Mr. Brown? What clues helped or confused you? 3w
ferskner 6.) Who was your favorite side character? Why? 3w
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ferskner 7.) Can you see Christie's writing change or grow stronger in her second book? 3w
AnneCecilie My library didn‘t have this book, but I‘ll be joining you again next month 2w
Laughterhp I didn‘t read this one this month. I previously tried and bailed. I‘m definitely reading along next month! 2w
Librarybelle 1. I think I‘m in the minority on this, but Tommy and Tuppence slightly get on my nerves. I can understand why Christie wrote them as eager and clever young people seeking adventure in post World War I, but I can‘t quite get into their persona. I think you see each of their strengths as they go through the adventures in this book. I do know too, from reading others, that you see their characters develop over the other novels. 2w
Librarybelle 2. Part of Mr Brown‘s henchmen are German and Russian. There‘s talk of the plans spirited from the Lusitania going into the wrong hands and causing worldwide turmoil; these relate to plans made during the war. Tommy is also a veteran. 2w
Librarybelle 3. I like a good mix of thrillers and puzzle mysteries. This one has a flavor of danger, which makes it thrilled-like. I think, overall though, I like Christie‘s puzzles more. She‘s known for her locked room antics, and she does pay tribute a tiny bit with that, thanks to the room in Soho that is hiding the much coveted papers. 2w
Librarybelle 4. I didn‘t really think of it as coincidence, actually. Honestly, I didn‘t really think anything of it! 2w
Librarybelle 5. This is my second reading of this, and I couldn‘t quite remember the twist. Christie almost got me again, clearly leading the reader to think that Julius was Mr Brown. She‘s also a master at red herrings. I‘m usually terrible at identifying the killer or the bad guy or the villain in books, unless it is really spelled out. 🙃 2w
Librarybelle 6. I couldn‘t help but appreciate Albert‘s enthusiasm. A detective in the making! He‘s eager and almost makes a couple bad blunders, but he‘s highly likable. 2w
Librarybelle 7. I feel like the twists in this book were constructed a little better than Styles. Honestly, I liked Styles more than this, but as I stated in an earlier answer, I‘m not a big Tommy and Tuppence fan. 2w
Linsy 1. My first impressions of them are that they‘re fun and smart, but Tuppence is the one pulling things along. My opinion of Tommy raises by the end of the book. 2w
Linsy @Librarybelle It‘s interesting because I can see what you mean, but I just love their characters so much! I wonder how much of this has to do with encountering them in different books and movies. I particularly love their rapport in the Partners in Crime short stories, that was where I first read and fell in love with them, after watching the most recent tv series of the same name. So I really have no idea what I‘d think coming to this book cold. (edited) 2w
Linsy 2. I know that WWII has a lot to do with the plot — the papers, etc. — but it was almost secondary. Every time it was brought up, I was almost caught off guard. I kept forgetting it was part of it. Maybe I‘m just obtuse. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Linsy 3. I‘m not sure which I like more — thriller or classic mystery — I‘ll need to read more. 2w
Linsy @ferskner 4. I thought it was fine — How else would they have gotten themselves caught up in this business? — but it is a bit on the nose. 2w
Linsy @ferskner 5. What‘s funny is that I‘ve read this before. I was on the right track for a bit, but that picture in the hotel room completely swayed me! 2w
Linsy @ferskner 6. Albert! He was adorable. I found Hersheimmer obnoxious and Jane Finn flat, unfortunately. 2w
Linsy @ferskner 7. I don‘t know about writing per se, but I appreciated less exhaustive explanations. But that might just be Poirot‘s style. I‘ve only read two of his books, but I found Hallowe‘en Party less didactic. 2w
ferskner @AnneCecilie @Laughterhp I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Murder on the Links! 4d
ferskner @Librarybelle @Linsy 1. I'm a fan of Tommy and Tuppence themselves, but not so much this mystery. I think it's overall pretty clever, but it's also a bit convoluted. I really love the 1980s portrayal of their relationship, but I didn't like the changes the recent adaptation made. 4d
ferskner @Librarybelle @Linsy 2. agreed with everything you pointed out, and also that both T&T are part of that lost generation of WWI survivors who were without work and direction in the aftermath of the war. I love how Christie subtly incorporates this issue into the beginning of the book without being preachy about it. 4d
ferskner @Librarybelle @Linsy 3. I'm not a huge fan of the thrillers! I think I like this one the best of all, but I much prefer the puzzle murder mysteries. Jess, you make a good point that she includes small elements of the puzzles into this. 4d
ferskner @Librarybelle @Linsy 4. Haha yes, exactly, too on the nose! I'm fine with some coincidence for the sake of the plot but this seemed a bit heavy handed to me. 4d
ferskner @Librarybelle @Linsy 5.) I agree! I knew the answer in theory from watching the adaptations but I think she does a great job of making you forget that there's another potential solution to the mystery. The photo in the hotel really is sneaky! 4d
ferskner @Librarybelle @Linsy 6.) Haha everyone loves Albert! It's pretty hard to not find him charming. 4d
ferskner @librarybelle @Linsy 7.) I think she feels more adventurous with this book about willing to push farther, but I think that's to its detriment. Styles feels more assured to me, but she's having more fun with this book. I guess there're plus and minuses to both! 4d
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ferskner
The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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It's almost the end of the month: have you finished our #agathachristieclubR2 pick yet? I'll post questions tomorrow or Thursday!

(This image TERRIFIES me.)

Librarybelle I‘m not quite at the halfway point on my re-read of it, but I‘m determined to finish by Thursday! 3w
TheAromaofBooks I almost forgot about this! And Secret Adversary is one of my faves!! 3w
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks it's such a fun one! 3w
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Librarybelle
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I love this idea, @Cinfhen ! Here‘s my #WeeklyForecast ...

Very ambitious, but I reserve the right to change my mind. A few are partial reads; I‘ll finish the tagged book this week and begin November Road for #BOTMBuddyread . The Secret Adversary is a re-read for #agathachristieclubr2 . I‘m devoting 10/31 to The Sentence is Death.

Not pictured:

Faceless Killers (ebook to finish)
The Seine (e-ARC to finish)
A Deadly Grind (audiobook for the car)

Librarybelle As I staged the picture, #Vladimir wanted to see the books. Of course I had to include him! #catsoflitsy 3w
brit91 😻😻😻📚📚📚 3w
Cinfhen Great photo 😻and awesome stack!!! Thanks for sharing xx you got lots going on!! 3w
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