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review 2018-12-20 18:55
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The Man in the Brown Suit - Agatha Christie

Ugh. I don't have much more to say than this. I realized that I don't like the Race books as much as the Superintendent Battle books. 

 

The book opens on Anne Beddingfeld who recounts how her scattered father ended up dying. She decides that she is going to go to London to live with her family's solicitor and in the midst of all this she is there to see a man falling onto a live track and being killed. Some random doctor stops, says hey this guy is dead and leaves. This of course has Anne finding a note and reads it and is somehow embroiled in this whole thing after reading the words Kilmorden Castle on it.


From there we have Anne playing bright young thing, amateur sleuth. She eventually finds out what Kilmorden Castle means (it's a ship) and decides to book passage on it and there she meets a number of people, including Colonel Race. 

 

This book was so boring. I just didn't really care for anyone while reading and struggled to finish this. I think when Christie tries to turn to an adventure style writing with spies it never works for me. I was reminded of "The Big Four" while reading this (not in a good way). At one point after a particular scene I maybe went, did that just happen. And then I kept doing it while reading. 

 

The book's setting moves from London, the ship, to Capetown. You would think that somewhere in there would be a story that would grab me. I just ended up bored senseless. 

 

This ultimately was among one of my least favorite Christie books. 

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text 2018-12-06 20:47
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
The Man in the Brown Suit - Agatha Christie

Tell me this gets better!

So far I am bored listening to the story narrated by Anne Beddingfield. We just hear about how her father died from pneumonia. 

 

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text 2018-03-22 23:42
Reading progress update: I've read 77%.
The Man in the Brown Suit - Agatha Christie

I just made it through the "romance" part.

 

 

 

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text 2018-03-22 19:33
Reading progress update: I've read 47%.
The Man in the Brown Suit - Agatha Christie

I am so very glad that Dame Agatha decided on writing murder mysteries, not travel guides:

"By the way, I should like to make clear here and now that this story will not be a story of South Africa. I guarantee no genuine local colour—you know the sort of thing—half a dozen words in italics on every page. I admire it very much, but I can’t do it. In South Sea Islands, of course, you make an immediate reference to bêche-de-mer. I don’t know what bêche-de-mer is, I have never known, I probably never shall know. I’ve guessed once or twice and guessed wrong. In South Africa I know you at once begin to talk about a stoep—I do know what a stoep is—it’s the thing round a house and you sit on it. In various other parts of the world you call it a veranda, a piazza, and a ha-ha. Then again, there are pawpaws. I had often read of pawpaws. I discovered at once what they were, because I had one plumped down in front of me for breakfast. I thought at first that it was a melon gone bad. The Dutch waitress enlightened me, and persuaded me to use lemon juice and sugar and try again. I was very pleased to meet a pawpaw. I had always vaguely associated it with a hula-hula, which, I believe, though I may be wrong, is a kind of straw skirt that Hawaiian girls dance in. No, I think I am wrong—that is a lava-lava.

At any rate, all these things are very cheering after England. I can’t help thinking that it would brighten our cold Island life if one could have a breakfast of bacon-bacon, and then go out clad in a jumper-jumper to pay the books."

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text 2018-03-22 03:34
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
The Man in the Brown Suit - Agatha Christie

‘You’re to have No. 28 on the port side,’ said the steward. ‘A very good cabin, sir.’

‘I am afraid that I must insist. No. 17 was the cabin promised to me.’

We had come to an impasse. Each one of us was determined not to give way. Strictly speaking, I, at any rate, might have retired from the contest and eased matters by offering to accept Cabin 28. So long as I did not have 13 it was immaterial to me what other cabin I had. But my blood was up. I had not the least intention of being the first to give way.

And I disliked Chichester. He had false teeth that clicked when he ate. Many men have been hated for less.

I'm really enjoying this one. Anne Beddingfeld seems like a heroine that I wish Christie had written another story for. 

 

I only hope that she doesn't do anything completely daft by the end of the book that would spoil my current image of her.

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