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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 Running around on the strength of wild intellect. Feb. 22 2014
By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A FUN READ March 2 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie at her most thrilling... March 8 2002
By Kat
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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 One of her best Jan. 15 2002
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This is probably Christie's most romantic adventure, so you may not care about the whodunit plot so much as you do the people dotting it. Her leading heroine Anne is sympathetic and enjoyable from the beginning and her chemistry with the mysterious title character is the stuff of fine love stories. What with revolutions raging in the background and African scenery and a cache of diamonds and characters in disguise, you definitely won't be bored. Good book to curl up with on cold, dreary rainy afternoons.
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