HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
Loading...

The Man in the Brown Suit

by Agatha Christie

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Colonel Race (1)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,991413,382 (3.65)104

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 104 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 36 (next | show all)
Anne Beddingfield cares for her famous anthropologist father whose only interest is Paeleolithic Man.

When her father dies she is suddenly left without a single living relative, only as 87 pounds her inheritance and absolutely no idea what to do with herself.

She is forced to accept the offer of her father’s friend and lawyer to live with him and his wife.

But she gets bored with her life and inspired by her favourite heroine from “The Perils of Pamela” she dreams of adventure.

When she witnesses a man falling from a train station platform and is the only one to notice a clue on a piece of paper she sees this as an opportunity for adventure and mystery.

The police believe his death is accidental. Anne sees beyond the accident after she suspects the “doctor” on the scene not to be who he appears to be. Then there is the curious clue, a cryptic message that only Anne noticed. She needs to find the Man in the Brown Suit and solve the murder.

Her enquiries lead her to buys a ticket on a ship sailing for to South Africa. It costs exactly 87 pounds and Anne sees it as an omen that it had to be.

She decides to try and solve the mystery herself and her adventures begin. On board she meets the main characters.

· Member of Parliament, Sir Eustace Pedlar; rich and eccentric with a delightfully wicked sense of humour
· Guy Pagett, Sir Eustace Pedler's hard working and patient secretary
· Charming socialite Suzanne Blair who becomes Anne’s close friend and ally.
· The mysterious Colonel Race with a potential romantic connection. But who with - Anne or Suzanne?
Many reviews say how much they liked the character of Colonel Race but I felt that it lacked strength. However, his appearance in later books give greater insight into his character
· Harry Rayburn, dark and mysterious and who is he really?
· The creepy Rev Edward Chichester but is also what he seems. Is he even a man?

But who is the Man in the Brown Suit and are any of them what they seem?

During Anne’s her adventure passengers fight over wanting her cabin, she gets kidnapped, nearly murdered (twice) and finds love. Finally she discovers who the Man in the Brown suit really is and and reveals who the mysterious 'Colonel' is.

The story is a mixture of crime, mystery, adventure, espionage and romance with just a touch of insight into the history of South Africa.

I felt though that Anne’s romance didn’t have a build-up. Her announcement to the reader of who the man is that she loves, and of course he is ruggedly handsome, seems a bit sudden. When the relationship finally comes to something it has an exciting nature.

Part of the delight of the book is Anne’s confidence to deal with whatever comes along but when unexpected situations become truly dangerous she reflects that “this didn’t happen to Pamela” or “What would Pamela do in this situation?”

Anne is a charming heroine full of adventure and spirit. She’s an intelligent and witty young lady but at times very naïve about the dangers of her adventure.

Interspersed with Anne’s own narration of her story is that of Sir Eustace Pedler as he records his day and reflections in his diary. These writings have an amusing side particularly at the expense of his secretary who he enjoys making fun of.

While it may not be her best work it is still a great read and put simply, lots of fun and pure escapism. I think Christie has written this story a little tongue in cheek which makes for rollicking fun.

The plot is different, characters typically “Christie” vintage with the sprinkling of humour throughout.

Many reviews of this book criticise attitudes towards race and women expressed in the book. If you are offended by books that were written at a time when these attitudes were the norm then all I can say is don’t read them.

As readers, we need to be aware that may happen and, unfortunately, accept that this was the attitude of the day. If you can’t do that don’t read books from this vintage. Christie wrote this book in 1924
  Hostie13 | Jan 31, 2016 |
More a thriller than a usual Agatha Christie whodunit. Rather a large cast, making the plot a bit complex - but cleverly written, as ever, with satisfactory ending. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Very Good. One of my favorites! ( )
  JDHoliday | Jan 24, 2016 |
Typical Agatha Christie. Set in the 1920s it's full of 'plucky girls' and 'rugged, handsome men'. All very dated now, but typical of the period.

This is neither a Poirot, Marple nor Tommy & Tuppence novel, but a standalone story and zips along at the usual sort of pace. Some of the clues are obvious, some less so and there's a dusting of romance in there that you don't usually get with her novels.

It was a quick easy read, which is what I was looking for, but I suspect I'm getting a little jaded with all the Agatha Christies and will need to give them a rest for a while.
( )
  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
The Man in the Brown Suit begins with Anne Beddingfeld, the daughter of a professor who longs for adventure. She spends her day trying to avoid creditors and longing to meet a nice young man. When her father dies, she takes an opportunity to go to London, where she witnesses the death of a man. Finding a piece of paper dropped 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, 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 as a journalist.

The story starts off at a slow pace, but it builds momentum with multiple deaths, stolen jewels, an old injustice, and kidnappings. Published in 1924 it was actually written in serialized form as “Anne the Adventuress”. I'm not a huge Christie fan but I did enjoy the quirky characters, lively dialogue and entertaining adventure story.

Overall, The Man in the Brown Suit is not the greatest mystery book, nor the greatest Agatha Christie book. It is, however, a very enjoyable addition to her highly acclaimed body of work and any Christie fan is bound to enjoy it.
( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 36 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (30 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Laatunen, Saima-LiisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
López Hipkiss , GuillermoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
To E. A. R.
in memory of a journey, some lion stories and a request that I should some day write the "mystery of the Mill House."
First words
Nadina, the dancer who had taken Paris by storm, swayed to the sound of the applause, bowed and bowed again.
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312979487, Mass Market Paperback)

How odd, Anne Beddingfeld thought, that the stranger caught her eye, recoiled in horror, and fell to his death on the rails of Hyde Park Underground Station. Odder still was a doctor in a brown suit who pronounced him dead and vanished into the crowd. But what really aroused Anne's suspicion was when she learned of the doctor's link to the murder of a famous ballerina, a fortune in hidden diamonds, and a crime-lord embroiled in blackmail. And most frightening of all was the attempt made on Anne's own life. But she is unable to resist the lure of an isolated mansion that could hold the solution to the bizarre mystery--even if she becomes the next victim...

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:35 -0400)

(see all 7 descriptions)

How odd, Anne Beddingfeld thought, that the stranger caught her eye, recoiled in horror, and fell to his death on the rails of Hyde Park Underground Station. Odder still was a doctor in a brown suit who pronounced him dead and vanished into the crowd. But what really aroused Anne's suspicion was when she learned of the doctor's link to the murder of a famous ballerina, a fortune in hidden diamonds, and a crime-lord embroiled in blackmail. And most frightening of all was the attempt made on Anne's own life. But she is unable to resist the lure of an isolated mansion that could hold the solution to the bizarre mystery--even if she becomes the next victim...… (more)

» see all 11 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
34 avail.
34 wanted
5 pay11 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.65)
0.5
1 6
1.5 3
2 22
2.5 20
3 102
3.5 31
4 147
4.5 11
5 69

Audible.com

5 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 105,354,360 books! | Top bar: Always visible