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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 ...

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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...

Anne Beddingfeld sets sail on a luxury cruise in search of adventure little realizing that she'll soon have more than her share. When two strangers break in and pillage her cabin, and then try to strangle her, Anne knows she must determine what they want--before they strike again. Reissue.

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Editorial Reviews

Jan Burke
“Agatha Christie’s ability to devise intricate plots, coupled with her understanding of human nature—at its best and worst—have made her tales timeless.”
Observer (UK)
“The acknowledged queen of detective fiction the world over.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312979485
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    Awesome!!!

    The Man in the Brown Suit is my favorite book written by Agatha Christie--even though I love the other books she has written--this one is completely awesome!The character of Anne is so real that you feel like she is right next to you telling you the story personally. You are able to turn page after page because you don't know what is going to happen next. I also love the romance that is woven into the story--not a huge fan of romance novels but this is done so well by Agatha Christie that I started to like it! For mystery fans, you will love this book!

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    Brilliantly written!

    The Man in the Brown Suit is a magnificent read. I read the book in two days, and only put it down when I absolutely had to. Most of the book is narrated by Anne Beddingfield, which makes it an especially enjoyable read for women. I recommend this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Good book

    Good read much more detail then the movie but i still love both. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    A favorite

    I am a huge AC fan and while i still love poirot best, this heroine is a close runner up. Like others have said, it's quite modern and a different tone sets it apart from others. I love the romance and adventure and humor in this one. Highly recommend it

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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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  • Posted September 25, 2009

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    The Man in the Brown Suit

    This book was the 5th in my journey of Agatha Christie's books and by far the most enjoyable so far. I had read this book years ago, which was enough time for me to forget how like able the main character is.

    Anne Beddingfeld is the type of character you long for in a good mystery. She is fearless in action, quick on the uptake, and a hopeless romantic. She is the daughter of a famous anthropologist who specialized in studying the primitive man and when he passes away she is at an impasse in her life. All she knows is that she wants to have adventures and she feels the place to start is is London. When the opportunity presents itself to move there, she jumps on it without a moments hesitation. That willingness to "just go" is what drives this entire book.

    From the streets of London where she witnesses an untimely death to South Africa where everything comes to a head, Anne's drive to be the thick of things is what makes her so lovable. This is a grand adventure filled with suspense, laughter, love, and even a likable villain. I'm not sure if we will see Anne Beddingfeld again but I sure hope so.

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    How odd, Ann 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 a bizarre mystery-eve if she becomes it's next victim.

    Reading this book I came to realize I'm probably not going to get through all of Agatha Christie's books in a year, like I originally planned. I think that will be OK though. I'm having a great time with it and if it lasts longer that I thought it would that just means I get to have fun for that much longer.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

    One of Agatha's Best

    Absolutely wonderful! The characters in this book were particularly vivid, which I certainly like. It's not a Poirot or Miss Marple, so the main characters aren't pros at finding out who killed someone. There's also the mysterious man in the brown suit who the girl writing part of the story saw in a subway terminal who obviously had a fake mustache, and she must (of course) find out who he is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2001

    Brilliant!

    This is absolutely the best book by Agatha Christie I've ever read! Just the way she describes the scenery is magnificant! And the personality of the main character is just perfect!!! You must read this!

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