Young Anne Beddingfield witnesses a mysterious death in a London tube station. She has a hunch that the death isn’t quite as innocent as the police think, which leads her on a wild chase to South Africa and beyond. She also soon finds herself in way over her head in a story of intrigue, murder, and crime. Nothing is too big for Anne to handle, and handle it she does.
I thought about whether or not I should review a book that was published August 22, 1924 here on Bookli, but I thought to myself, what kind of TV shows are we watching these days? Mr. Selfridge, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Mad Men…we’re all about the period pieces these days. What’s old is new. They’re even planning a BBC miniseries this year of Christie’s most famous novel, And Then There Were None, as well as a miniseries about my favorite Christie sleuths, Tommy and Tuppence. So is it relevant? I would say yes.
I had not heard of this title before and I’ve read many a Christie novel. The story starts out a bit slow, but was really quite an adventure once it got going. Anne Beddingfield, the main character, is the adventurous sort of woman I’ve come to love in the period drama shows. She’s smart, has a great sense of humor, and is not bound by many of the traditional conventions that seem to keep a lot of the women down in these time periods. I would imagine Anne would have been pretty wild by 1920s standards. I enjoyed how the story was woven together, Christie is notorious for having twists and turns, and this one twisted and turned back and around on itself quite a few times. Christie also crafted a fine cast of characters for Anne to involve herself with, including many dashing and dangerous gentlemen, and a new best friend, because every girl needs one of those!
The story does jump points of view, back and forth between Anne and Sir Eustace Pedler. I sometimes felt this caused the story to drag a little bit, but as more was revealed down the line, I appreciated the fact that she had added them.
If you’re looking for a great adventure and mystery, all wrapped into one, you should give The Man in the Brown Suit a read. You won’t be disappointed!
Karly Kirkpatrick would stay home and read all day if it were possible. When she’s not reading, she’s teaching stuff, writing, at the movies, or traveling. You can find out more about Karly at www.karlykirkpatrick.com, or look her up on Facebook or Twitter (@karlkirkpatrick).