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The Man in the Brown Suit

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

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    Anne and Harry are Charming in this Bit of Escapist Mystery

    The Man in the Brown Suit is a charming little mystery written by Agatha Christie in the 1920s. It does not extol the exploits of Christie's usual protagonists. Neither Poirot nor Miss Marple are anywhere to be found, but Anne Beddingfield is independent, creative, plucky and smart. Though it was written in the 1920s she seems incredibly modern. I'm sorry that Christie did not write a sequel to this story.

    Anne has recently been orphaned by her father, an eminent scholar who studied Early Man. Up Until his death she has lived a rather sheltered and uninteresting life and she longs for adventure. She inadvertently falls into a mystery having to do with diamonds, murder and characters that are engaging, curious and cryptic in so many ways. I love Anne because though she's perhaps a bit naive, she is also shrewd and fearless.

    Anne is drawn to Harry Rayburn, an intense and moody, but oh-so-mesmerizing character, who is very likely a criminal. So many of the characters in this novel are charming, frightening, human, intelligent and sometimes self-interested all at the same time. Even the hero and heroine are sometimes unlikable, though that is usually overcome quite quickly by their earthiness or their humor. Even the villain in the story has his merits and the reader is almost disappointed that the criminal is the criminal. Although it is a murder mystery, I giggled throughout much of it. If you haven't read it, you must, especially if you like Jane Austen.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    Although this is a really good book, I wouldn't award it five st

    Although this is a really good book, I wouldn't award it five starts; I usually save those for books that really blow me away. This is a very good book though. It's a mix of murder mystery/detective/love story. Highly recommend it.

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