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6 May 2008 Agatha Christie Collection

A young woman investigates an accidental death at a London tube station, and finds herself of a ship bound for South Africa…

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 electocuted 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’?


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece edition edition (6 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007151667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007151660
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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But who is the mysterious man in the brown suit who comes forward claiming to be a doctor? And what connection does he have to the scrap of paper with a name and date on it that Anne finds at the scene? This puzzle takes Anne to South Africa in the company of some characters she would have been better off never tangling with. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ripping yarn 16 Jun 2004
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Anne Beddingfield has lived her whole life in a small village with her father, an anthropologist who cares only for Paleolithic Man. Anne longs for romance and adventure, and envies their maid, who "walked out" with an asssortment of young men. Then Anne's father dies suddenly, and Anne gets a chance at adventure when she witnesses the accidental death of a man at a london tube station. Anne has reason to believe that this death is connected to the murder of a woman at a house in Marlow, but the police aren't interested in her theories. The enterprising Anne beleives that a ship bound for South Africa holds the answer to the mystery, and embarks without delay. There are a variety of colourful and eccentric characters on board ship, the charming Suzanne Blair, enigmatic Coloonel Race, creepy clergyman Chichester, delightful Sir Eustace Pedler, but some or all of these people may not be what they seem. A lot of exciting things happen to Anne on board ship, not the least exciting being the night when a glamorous wounded stranger takes refuge in her cabin. Who is he, and what does he want? Exciting things continue to happen when they arrive in South Africa, and Anne gets all the adventure and romance she has ever dreamed about, and more. Anne is a delightful heroine, adventurous and resourceful and humorous, and the supporting characters are equally charming. An exciting story, interesting characters, adventure, humour, and romance, what more could you want from a book?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 4 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book: it is without the usual Agatha Christie's characters Poirot or Miss Marple, but this is not a problem. In fact they are fairly good replaced by a "common" woman (and this fact allows a little bit of romance, that is not necessarly a bad thing in a detective novel), who is way too curious for her own sake!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man in the Brown Suit 11 Sep 2013
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of Agatha Christie's best stand alone novels - part mystery, part thriller and part espionage story - which takes us from a London tube station to revolution in Africa. It begins with Anne Beddingfeld, the daughter of a professor who longs for adventure. She spends her day trying to placate creditors and longing to 'step out' with a young man. When her father dies, she takes an opportunity to go to London, where, quite by chance, she witnesses the death of a young man at a tube station. Finding a piece of paper dropped by the 'doctor' at the scene, she believes the death to be linked to that of the murder of a young woman at the house of Sir Eustace Pedlar. With only eighty five pounds to her name, her deductions ignored by the police, she boards a ship bound for South Africa. On board she meets not only Sir Eustace Pedlar but his secretary Guy Pagett, the society beauty Suzanne Blair, the enigmatic Colonel Race and the attractive Harry Rayburn. If she can find out who the man in the brown suit is, seen leaving Sir Pedlar's house shortly after the murder, she hopes for a job on the Daily Budget and life as a journalist.

What follows is more of an adventure than the enterprising Anne could ever have dreamed of when she was tucked away in the quiet countryside. Some of the people Anne meets are certainly not who they appear to be and, before events have sorted themselves out, she will be kidnapped, nearly murdered (more than once!), face criminal gangs, find love and unearth the mysterious 'Colonel'. An excellent introduction to Christie if you haven't tried her books before. Sit back, relax and let the best mystery writer who ever put pen to paper take you on an adventure...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for your Kindle 4 Aug 2012
By Aly
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This is my all time favourite Agatha Christie book. The well worn, secondhand, paperback copy has gone on every holiday with me for years. After being given my Kindle for Christmas this was the first book I downloaded. What could be better than always having it with me wherever I went with my Kindle.

The plot is fantastic. Mystery and intrigue starts immediately in the prologue and then in chapter one we are introduced to the feisty heroine Anne who will be the main character in the book. She may be an orphan but once she sets off on her adventure you want to be Anne. The story is full of action, mystery and romance. You won't want to put it down once you start it, it keeps you guessing all the way to the end. I won't go into the plot but will simply say if you love Agatha Christie or just love an easy going, full of non stop fun mystery then get this. You will not be disappointed. I must have read it at least twenty times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More a thriller than a Whodunit 10 May 2014
By Sue
Format:Paperback
Agatha Christie’s books are usually murder mysteries. This one does start with a couple of murders, and there are certainly some mysteries and puzzle within the plot, but the whole is far more of a thriller, with ongoing discoveries and revelations.

Written in 1924, it feels a little dated in its ‘colonial’ British style, but enjoyable nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars agatha christir 22 April 2014
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Agatha Christie has always been one of my best loved authors and find her writing exciting and and so adventurous
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read 24 Mar 2014
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Held me all the way through. Humour comes now and again, spell binding story makes you feel like you are the heroine Ann, falling in love with the hero .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expected 30 Jan 2014
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Agatha never disappoints.Another excellent plot and hard to put down. A five stars as usual and fully recommended to all Kindle readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No 1 agatha christie.
As much as I adore marple and poirot, this is a refreshing step away from them. Full of intrigue and brilliant dialogue. Read more
Published 5 days ago by belinda anderson
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Published 10 days ago by Mrs J L Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars must have
Have collectipm excellent all good mysteries easy to read and all diffrent a must for agata christie fans get it
Published 6 months ago by Ellen McIntosh
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites
It's one of Agatha's novels without any of her famous detectives. It's a quite complex little mystery revolving around a woman who decides to go on a cruise on a whim and the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stephen Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars couldnt put it down
Now, ive not read much Agatha Christie but i am fast becoming a devotee having read the entirety of "and then their were none" within a day of first picking it up (not kidding,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Darwi Odrade
4.0 out of 5 stars The Man in the Brown Suit.
One of my favourite Christie stories but cannot give this rendition five stars because quite simply I just do not rate Emilia Fox's reading. Read more
Published 14 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I am a big Agatha Christie fan and this book was a good read. Nice to read something that was not Poirot or Marple related.
Published 15 months ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Love agatha christie and she didn't let me down with this book brilliant read kept me up all night highly recommended !
Published 20 months ago by Lell
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