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The Man in the Brown Suit (Colonel Race #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  57,584 Ratings  ·  1,040 Reviews
The world's all-time favorite mystery writer presents a story of dancers, diamonds, and delightful suspense. Anne Beddingfield is a nice English girl looking for a bit of adventure -- but when she finds herself at the center of a mystery involving a murdered ballerina and a missing set of jewels, she gets far more adventure than she bargained for!
Paperback, 228 pages
Published February 1st 1984 by Berkley (first published August 22nd 1924)
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Jun 20, 2009 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A great read. As always, Christie is a master of the crime/detective genre, managing to make this a fun and exciting romp without decreasing any of the mystery and sense of the sinister.

All of the characters had their own charms, but Colonel Race really made the book, even though he seemed to stay in the backdrop a lot of the time. I must say I felt rather sorry for his lack of luck with Anne, but I'm looking forward to revisiting his character in the later books. Anne, although not the most li
Ivonne Rovira
Dec 04, 2016 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Before there was Miss Jane Marple and very shortly after the birth of Hercule Poirot, there was Anne Beddingfield, the plucky heroine of The Man in the Brown Suit. Dame Agatha Christie included Hercule Poirot in 45 books and Miss Jane Marple in more than a dozen. Even Tommy and Tuppence Beresford appear in four novels and a collection of short stories. But Jane Beddingfield appears only in The Man in the Brown Suit (although another character in this novel, the debonair Colonel Race, went on to ...more
Apr 14, 2007 karen rated it liked it
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Apr 19, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes it's easy to get distracted reading Agatha Christie. You get used to the idea that she's the creator of Poirot, of Marple, even of Tommy and Tuppence. Those characters can almost become more important than the novel itself, and when you read a Christie that doesn't have the distraction of a famous detective creation you can be surprised by just how good Christie can be. To be fair, those other novels with Poirot in are pretty good too but this one struck me that I was just enjoying Th ...more
Apr 07, 2015 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forget the mystery, forget the complex scheme hatched by a mysterious criminal mastermind, Agatha Christie’s ‘The Man in the Brown Suit’ is really a spoof. Written in 1924 it has the suspense serial, the kind with feisty, flapper heroines at their centre, directly in its sights. But hang on, it's more than that: this was actually written in serialised form as ‘Anne the Adventuress’ and so right from the off it is both satirising the over the top adventure story whilst wholeheartedly being one.

Sep 08, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Agatha Christie's best stand alone novels - part mystery, part thriller and part espionage story - which takes us from a London tube station to revolution in Africa. It begins with Anne Beddingfeld, the daughter of a professor who longs for adventure. She spends her day trying to placate creditors and longing to 'step out' with a young man. When her father dies, she takes an opportunity to go to London, where, quite by chance, she witnesses the death of a young man at a tube stati ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Man in the Brown Suit (Colonel Race #1), Agatha Christie
عنوان: مردی با لباس قهوه ای؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: محمدعلی ایزدی؛ تهران، کارآگاه، 1385؛ در 362 ص؛
زندگی دختر جوانی به نام «آنی» پس از مرگ پدرش که مردمشناس معروفی بوده، با مشکل مواجه میشود. «آنی» از لحاظ مالی با تنگنای شدیدی روبرو شده. آقای بدینگفلد وکیل سابق نامه محبتآمیزی به آنی مینویسید و اعلام میکند که حاضر است به او مسکن مجانی بدهد، ولی آنی مایل نیست این پیشنهاد را بپذیرد. او تصمیم دارد دور دنیا را بگردد و زندگی پرماجرایی در
Jan 21, 2012 Queenx rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
كان هذا الكتاب هدية من صديقتي


إن كنت تحب الروايات - البوليسيه

فأنصحك به وإن كنت لا تحب فـ أعطه فرصه

لأجاثا كريستي أسلوب رائع في السرد

Oct 04, 2007 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Upon rereading this books (some ten years after initially doing so) I had vague recollections of who the "bad guy" was, how some of the arcs played out, and that I loved the book!
Even though I remembered the gist of who was good and who was bad, I was still questioning myself, "Wait, *IS* that character the bad one?" as I reread. But, in true Christie fashion, she explains it all so clearly by the end that I find myself wondering how I missed the clues early on.

This is one of my favorite Christi
Raoofa Ibrahim
May 04, 2016 Raoofa Ibrahim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, dead-authors
الى الان، اعتبر هذه الرواية من افضل ما كتبت اغاثا!
في هذه الرواية خرجت اغاثا ع المألوف، فأسهبت بذكر تفاصيل الشخصيات والاماكن .. حتى انني قد انسى وجود جريمة تحتاج للحل.
بطلة الرواية هي: آن
ليست اي شخصية معروفة في سلسلة اغاثا
آن هي فتاة تعيش مع والدها العالم، وهو بعشق العلوم لدرجة انه قد ينسى انه مدان لاصدقائه بالاموال! تضطر آن لتوفير احتياجات البيت، قد تخرج احيانا للهو فتشاهد مغامرت باميلا، وتثير دهشتها بطلة الفلم، المغامرة التي تسعى في كل جزء للإمساك بالمجرمين.

هذا الفيلم يلهم آن عندما يموت اب
Oct 22, 2010 Dina rated it liked it
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Jun 18, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This read very differently from the large majority of Christie's work - it sounded like a cross between Christie and Wodehouse. I laughed almost the entire way through, even if it was a bit too silly in parts. Loved it.
A 1924 mystery/romance by Dame Agatha Christie - who knew!? Spunky Anne Beddingfield - the young (over age 18), unmarried daughter of a scientist - loses her father. Finding herself "an orphan," she chooses to use her pittance of an inheritance to book a berth on a ship to South Africa in pursuit of adventure - trying to solve the mystery of the man in the brown suit. With smarts, persistence, dumb luck, and the help/hindrance of new-found friends, Miss Beddingfield survives several attempts on ...more
Feb 10, 2014 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I savour Agatha Christie in order of her releases. I don’t identify ahead what pertains to which series, nor watch any films lest I be wholly surprised by my journey; 90 years after “The Man In The Brown Suit”, came out. The gift this gives me is that each time I open the front page, it is a treat to discover which heroes shall escort me. Agatha experimented with these first four; three are unrelated. This one has nothing to do with her two famous sleuths. I was blissfully unprepared for that su ...more
Hannah Walsh
May 03, 2015 Hannah Walsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this! Not only was it a genius mystery, but the characters were well-written and intersting to read about (something I find rather rare in mystery novels). I'm definitely going to read more Agatha Christie books!
Oh, Agatha, can you do no wrong? Yet another case of me looking like a fool in public whilst reading, because Agatha Christie definitely has that knack of surprising me with several events. She's well on the way to becoming one of my faves <33
Greg Z
Nov 08, 2016 Greg Z rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A few months back I read two books in sequence with the same title: "Nemesis" by Agatha Christie and "Nemisis" by Jo Nesbo. Christie won as Nesbo's story was overly confusing and he used a way-overused cliché: just when you think the story is over, the hero's daughter is kidnapped by the bad people. (Steven James used this cliché in what seemed like most of his works: the same father repeatedly allowing his daughter out of his sight and right into the hands of the bad people, but I digress.) For ...more
✿ Deni
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Nov 06, 2012 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, adventure

Utter, thrilling, nonsensical fun!

One of her earliest novels, possibly her first foray out of detection and into her crowning weakness, international crime syndicates. I knew exactly what to expect and therefore was completely satisfied.

Although the story was written almost 90 years ago, there really is very little to make it feel so. The constant humorous nudges and winks of Anne Beddingfield longing to be an adventuress ("It doesn't happen like this in The Perils of Pamela", etc) are cheeky en
Sep 25, 2008 Phayvanh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Recommended to Phayvanh by: library book sale
Christie should have published this as "The Mystery of the Mill House" instead. In any case, it is the bestest, most storied, dense Agatha Christie book I have read so far (it's my 4th one). This is the only one I've read that's not part of a seriees, and so I think I shall stick with the standalone stories from now on.

All characters are pretty believable. What Christie does here that is different from the Poirot and Marple stories, is imbue the book with loads atmosphere. And it works! Granted,
Connie Rossini
Feb 12, 2013 Connie Rossini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love Agatha Christie, especially her novels that have ordinary men and women getting caught up in a mystery or thriller. The Man in the Brown Suit is one of her travel mysteries. It takes the reader to South Africa. The heroine is intrepid and likeable, the hero is dark and mysterious, and the villain is not whom you suspect.

Although it's not "great" in the sense of Tolstoy, I love this novel and have read it countless times.
Catarina Oliveira
Absolutely loved this book.
It's full of interesting characters and witty, comical dialogue.
It's the perfect blend of romance, adventure and mystery. I was surprised at how romantic this book was. Wasn't expecting that at all.

DeeNa Ayman F.K.
رواية الحب والجريمة ..
بنظري هي أفضل أعمال أجاثا ..
رغم أني لم أقرأ اثنتين من اشهر رواياتها بعد ..

لكن حقاً .. تعجبني هذه بكل تفاصيلها ..

جريمة أقرب ما تكون للـ جميلة ..


اقرؤها للمرة الثانية .. مضت اكثر من 6 سنوات .. ولازلت احبها ^^
Nov 17, 2013 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
I really enjoyed this mystery about an orphan who takes it upon herself to solve a murder. On the way she meets the man of her dreams and has many adventures. Very well-written.
Jenn Ravey
Jan 27, 2012 Jenn Ravey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie continues to astound me. I am sure you guys have noticed my Shelfari sidebar and the fact that it keeps flashing more Agatha Christie titles, but I can't help myself. First, I listened to And Then There Were None. Then I read The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Secret Adversary. This week I listened to The Man in the Brown Suit, on your many recommendations.

The woman was a versatile writer, which may just be the understatement of the last half a century. The Man in the Brown
Feb 17, 2013 Cobalt714 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is, to date, the only Agatha Christie novel I have ever read. I picked it up when I was a teenager and totally fell in love with it.

When Anne Beddingfield's father dies she is suddenly left without a single living relative, hardly any money, and absolutely no idea what to do with herself. When her fathers solicitor (lawyer) offers to take her in (because she is a poor little orphan girl) she jumps at the offer (because he lives in London and she is eager to have adventures.)

Anne soon grows
Guess I like Christie's murder mysteries involving Poirot and Marple much more than her espionage novels.This one is only a tad better than the Secret Adversary. While I found the Secret Adversary insipid from the beginning, the Man in the Brown suit had a spectacular beginning, which later got tangled into too many threads. Anna Beddingfield, who was initially a plucky, lovable youngster, turned out to be an all - knowing busybody.
There were too many cliche sentences towards the end.
I could gue
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Faiza Sattar
Mar 27, 2017 Faiza Sattar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, ylto-2017-read
★☆☆☆☆ (1/5)

I have always chosen Agatha Christie’s books solely for their entertainment value. When the overt philosophy and profundity of other books becomes overwhelming, one can rely on the likes of Christie to provide one with an adrenaline rush befitting an escape of the mind. But “The Man in the Brown Suit” seemed to be nothing but a dull exercise. Murder, mystery, intrigue, adventure, romance and thrill all are fused into this story.

I yearned for adventure, for love, for romance, and I see
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