Title: The Man in the Brown Suit
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: Mysteries #1, Colonel Race #1
Newly-orphaned Anne Beddingfeld is a nice English girl looking for a bit of adventure in London. But she stumbles upon more than she bargained for! Anne is on the platform at Hyde Park Corner tube station when a man falls onto the live track, dying instantly. A doctor examines the man, pronounces him dead, and leaves, dropping a note on his way. Anne picks up the note, which reads "17.1 22 Kilmorden Castle". The next day the newspapers report that a beautiful ballet dancer has been found dead there– brutally strangled. A fabulous fortune in diamonds has vanished. And now, aboard the luxury liner Kilmorden Castle, mysterious strangers pillage her cabin and try to strangle her. What are they looking for? Why should they want her dead? Lovely Anne is the last person on earth suited to solve this mystery… and the only one who can! Anne’s journey to unravel the mystery takes her as far afield as Africa and the tension mounts with every step… and Anne finds herself struggling to unmask a faceless killer known only as ‘The Colonel’…
As part of my Agatha Christie Project, I have stated reading her standalone/mini series mysteries. The first of which is The Man in the Brown Suit. This isn’t the first time I have read this particular book. I had read it a few years ago but I must admit I found it a lot more enjoyable this time around. Originally I found it a lot different from previous books I had read by Christie and found the narrative style of it a little dry, but now that I have read more of her work I found that it was a lot more in depth than I had initially given it credit for.
Christie sets up some wonderful characters in this both heroic and detestable. Following Anne and her narrative through her diaries which reflect her love for on screen and book heroines so much so that her own story reads like one is really subtle yet makes it an exciting read. It is jam packed with red-herrings and double crosses all of which makes it a really complex story. Despite it being billed as a Colonel Race book he plays a some what limited role, but it is interesting to get to know him a little before we meet him in Death on the Nile.