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The Man in the Brown Suit [Mass Market Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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June 1992 Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection
Searching for a bit of adventure to spice up her everyday life, Anne Beddingfield becomes an unlikely sleuth after a diamond heist, a murder, and attempts on her own life that make her the only person capable of solving the crimes. Reissue.

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“Agatha Christie’s ability to devise intricate plots, coupled with her understanding of human nature—at its best and worst—have made her tales timeless.” (Jan Burke, award-winning author of the Irene Kelly mysteries)

“The acknowledged queen of detective fiction the world over.” (Observer (UK)) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Pretty, young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her—and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Anne is present on the platform when a thin man, reeking of mothballs, loses his balance and is electrocuted on the rails.

The Scotland Yard verdict is accidental death. But Anne is not satisfied. After all, who was the man in the brown suit who examined the body? And why did he race off, leaving a cryptic message behind: "17-122 Kilmorden Castle"?

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie at her most thrilling... March 8 2002
By Kat
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When dealing with an author with a resume like Agatha Christie's, it can be just a bit difficult for reader's to know what books to skip over and what books to run out and buy immediately. Well, The Man in the Brown Suit is defintely one of the latter. It is a synthesis of all the novel aspects Christie has mastered. With the flurry of suspicious characters, a riveting plot, alluring stranger, nocturnal murder attempts and stolen diamonds, the reader is defintely kept on her toes. Christie creates a wide array of characters in this one; we're given an inexperienced girl out for adventure, the strong, silent man with a secret, a blundering, pompous [behind], a young, rich socialite, and, of course, the man in the brown suit. Filled with wonderful and entertaining subplots, this book flies by, more than the usual page turner.
I was introduced to Agatha Christie via And Then There Were None, possibly her most popular novel. I loved it; I didn't see how it could get any better, and I was afraid I'd be dissappointed with any other Christie mysteries. But, not so! This book is definetly as thrilling and suspenceful as And Then There Were None; stop what you're doing right now, and go get this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, it has everything Nov. 25 2001
By istara
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my favourite book of all time. It is sheer escapism.
Anne Beddingfeld is the archetypal "intrepid heroine." She stars in a wonderfully warm, "cosy" detective novel, but one that is exciting too - and there are even darker moments to the romance side. Which interestingly doesn't get in the way, but is an integral part of the plot, and not just as character motivation.
The characters are pure Christie types, but perhaps with a little more depth than usual. The setting is panoramic - so you get all the different Christie backgrounds.
I haven't read Christie's biog or much literary criticism on her. But I can't help feeling there's a lot of her in the heroine, or at least how she would have liked to be. I don't know what Max Mallowan looked like, but I'm sure the Man In the Brown Suit must have resembled someone she'd met. Maybe she once caught the eye of a handsome stranger and based the whole thing on that? Who knows.
It's just a great book. I have read it a dozen times, I am reading it again now. It's the only book I really want to "be" inside, I never want it to end.
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By snowy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I suppose like characters in PG Wodehouse, many educated English girls yearn to break free from the bindings of the Victorian society as the world appeared to be open to them, with past explorers having blazed the trails and the availability of modern transportation such as steamers and railroads to take them beyond the horizons where thousands had gone before. Oh, and of course the proliferation of trashy adventure thrillers also helped spark off their imagination; few glamourous adventure heroines suffered from sea-sickness or the availability of dashing boyfriends always there for them.
When Anne, an orphaned English young lady, witnessed a death in the London tube, she found herself drawn into a real adventure without any clues to what she was really going after. All she had were vague clues that she had seen the "man in the brown suit", who was known to be present at two apparently unrelated deaths, one being the supposed accident at the tube, another was a strangled woman in the house belonging to an English MP Sir Eustace Pedler.
Finding herself on board a cruise to South Africa, Anne found the web of intrigue expanded to include several more persona dramatis; the events seemed to surround these people whom all appear to be totally legitimate.
Slowly, she learned that the affair was somehow related to one of the most daring diamond theft that occurred years ago, to a mysterious criminal organisation led by a shadowy mastermind known only as the Colonel, and with the luck of the British, she only got a couple of attempts on her life. Of course, just to make things a little bit more interesting, she found herself drawn to a man who personally declared he would strangle women with his bare hands.
Although the background of South Africa had certain significance to the plot, like the attitudes of most colonials of the time, the native colour and people were relegated far to the background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Running around on the strength of wild intellect. Feb. 22 2014
By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I savour Agatha Christie in order of her releases. I don't identify ahead what pertains to which series, nor watch any films lest I be wholly surprised by my journey; 90 years after "The Man In The Brown Suit", came out. The gift this gives me is that each time I open the front page, it is a treat to discover which heroes shall escort me. Agatha experimented with these first four; three are unrelated. This one has nothing to do with her two famous sleuths. I was blissfully unprepared for that surprise.

We move briskly, set formulaic traditions askew, and I many times chuckled in my bed. When I reviewed "The Mysterious Affair At Styles" I was stunned by Agatha's plotting and exquisite language but not in love with that cast. I gave 3 stars, saving room for novels to rate higher. Here is a 5! The daughter of a single-minded palaeontologist is freed from caring for him and witnesses an accident that wasn't investigated properly. Bolstered by her keenness at filling in the blanks, she willingly follows the case aboard a ship; creating one of the most fantastic novels I have ever read. I adored every page!

Running around Africa on the strength of wild intellect, deft disguises, old and new crimes culminating, Kimberly diamonds, and even romance. The hilarious dialogues between `Anne' and her shipmates create a successful book as it is. I adore Suzanne Blair as much as Anne. What makes it extraordinary is its peculiar flow. There are no weak personalities. Anne & Suzanne thrive on every intrigue, with resolve we believe. The shifts and twists are smooth. The oddest thing is, the ladies deduce a great deal very early. With trivialities settled aboard ship; one imagines the adventuring in Africa can only be grand!
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