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The Man in the Brown Suit Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1984

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (Feb. 1 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425067866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425067864
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,973,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The acknowledged queen of detective fiction the world over.' Observer --This text refers to the Audio CD 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 Audio CD edition.

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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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By Alison S. Coad TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Aug. 24 2016
Format: Paperback
Young Anne Beddingfeld longs for adventure, and after her archeologist father dies, she heads straight to London where she is sure she will find it. Very soon, she finds herself on a train platform and watches as a man sees something unexpected, startles and falls from the platform, only to be electrocuted on the track. Although the police dismiss this event as an unfortunate accident, Anne is convinced that something more sinister is going on, and when a young woman is found murdered in a nearby empty house, she is positive that there’s a connection. The authorities don’t believe her, so she decides to investigate on her own…. "The Man in the Brown Suit" was Agatha Christie’s fourth novel, published in 1924, and it bears the hallmarks of its time: casual racism (much of the book is set in Africa, which is described as “simple, primitive, big” and its people are “hideous as sin” while speaking a “guttural language”) and sexism (the heroine points out how women “like to be mastered, but they hate not to have their sacrifices appreciated,” whereas her love interest, when teased that Anne might marry someone else, responds by saying he would wring the man’s neck and “I shall carry you away and beat you black and blue!” to which Anne replies, “what a delightful husband I have chosen!”). However, leaving aside all such problems, Anne is a resourceful, intelligent and capable young woman and the adventure, involving diamonds and a master criminal among other assets, is a lot of fun to read. I don’t know that it stands up well to modern-day scrutiny, but it is a good example of why Christie remains one of the best selling authors ever, still considered the Queen of Mystery.
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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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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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