Another title in the ever popular Agatha Christie series. The suave and debonair Colonel Race must solve a question, not of 'accidental death or suicide', but 'murder or double murder'. Pretty, young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her - and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Anne is present on the platform when a thin man, reeking of mothballs, loses his balance and is electrocuted on the rails. The Scotland Yard verdict is accidental death. But Anne is not satisfied. After all, who was the man in the brown suit who examined the body? And why did he race off, leaving a cryptic message behind: '17-122 Kilmorden Castle'?
©2008 Agatha Christie (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction the world over." (OBSERVER)
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This is a lovely, light-hearted adventure story. It is often very funny. The heroine is resourceful and fun, there are lots of twists and turns and Agatha Christie shows her mastery of plot. There are plenty of knowing nods to tales of square-jawed types who with one bound are free from the villains.
I was very pleasantly surprised to come across Colonel Race as a young man who was very dashing and not a little romantic. I am now looking out for the other books in which he appears, I was very taken.
The only reason it might not go immediately on to my list for multiple listens is the narration. Some female narrators can do men's voices convincingly but sadly Emilia Fox is not one. She did a very good job of capturing the bright, feisty heroine but her men were all gruff and unconvincing.
This story ranks highly among all the audio-books I've listened to so far.
I would compare it to 'They Came to Baghdad'; both stories portray an adventurous female protagonist travelling abroad ...
I enjoyed it all
I quite like the story as it is. However I thought it was a little slow starting but built up nicely.
I loved the mix of romance and mystery in this story.
I liked the main character, Anne Beddingfield. I thought Emilia Fox did an excellent job portraying this passionate young adventurer.
"Wild romance and mysteries"
Definitly Yes! Emilia Fox smooth voice, wit and underlying humor makes you actually be on board of the ship and Africa.
Till the very end.
It's too hard to pick one out.
When Anne arrives in London to move in with her father's solicitor and his wife, she makes herself less attractive, so that the wife can feel herself a little bit more relax.
For anyone who would like to hear a fun, mysterious and romantic thriller, you are not going to be disappointed with the "Men in the brown suit".
"not one of her best"
As an unabashed Christie fan, I still have to warn you: this is definitely not one of her best. It's romance over mystery, third rate writing over detective suspense. An ok read, but only if you've read the others and are in withdrawal :)
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