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The Man in the Brown Suit (Agatha Christie Collection)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2004
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2012
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2001
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2013
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, lunch break a work was not nearly long enough! had to be dragged out of the staff room) i thought i might start with some of her earliest work. I have not been dissapointed. Anne Beddingfield is the type of heroine you could sling though a time vortex to today and she wouldnt seem particularly out of place. The mystery is not so convoluted as to be unbelievable but just complex enough to keep you guessing and im not embarassed to admit that i didnt guess until Anne did the identity of the mysterious "colonel". All in all a bloody good book :D
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2014
As much as I adore marple and poirot, this is a refreshing step away from them. Full of intrigue and brilliant dialogue. Having read almost all her work, this has to be her best of them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2014
A riviting reading by Emelia Fox lifts this Agatha Christie story and makes for an engrossing read. It's a bit slow to get going but when it does it's terrific. Well done Emelia Fox!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2014
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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on 13 April 2015
Another Agatha Christie masterpiece. The story revolves around Anne Beddingfield - a young girl with a desire for adventure after the death of her father. Anne witness a death and starts to delve deep into finding out who the man is and the mysterious doctor who attended the death - the man in the brown suit. Anne reads about a murder of a lady and links the two together and begins her adventure from England to Africa. A story which also has a sweet love story as part of the plot. A easy read that you can't put down.
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