In January, I read The Man in the Brown Suit, a new-to-me story from the vast Christie collection. Of course, it’s definitely of its time with themes of racism and sexism, nonetheless I devoured it quickly. More a thriller than the usual Agatha Christie whodunit, it’s cleverly written, as ever, with a satisfactory ending.
“Pretty, young Anne came to London for adventure. She found it immediately—on the platform of Hyde Park Corner tube station, where a thin man, reeking of mothballs, lost his balance and was electrocuted on the rails. The Scotland Yard verdict was accidental death. But Anne was not satisfied. After all, who was the man in a brown suit who examined the body? And why did he race of, leaving a cryptic message behind: ’17-122 Kilmorden Castle’?”
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What’s it about?
Linnet Ridgeway is an enviable society figure, with good looks, a country manor and plenty of money in the bank. She even has a handsome suitor! But her interest in matrimony is negligible, that is until she meets her old friend Jacqueline’s fiancé… Having secured Simon Doyle, the couple head off on a luxury honeymoon to Egypt. But Simon’s former partner is dogging their trip, and their fellow passenger on board the Nile cruise sense trouble. Hercule Poirot is, after all, quite insightful on matters of the heart.
She came ashore playing a role, even though she played it unconsciously. The rich, beautiful society bride on her honeymoon.Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile
I have fond memories of watching this on TV, starring Peter Ustinov and more recently David Suchet in the role of Hercules Poirot, so I’ve decided on an alternative read for February. I’ve not read any of the Tommy and Tuppence stories, so this will be a first for me.
The Secret Adversary
Tommy Beresford and Prudence ‘Tuppence’ Cowley are young, in love… and flat broke. Just after Great War, there are few jobs available and the couple are desperately short of money. Restless for excitement, they decide to embark on a daring business scheme: Young Adventurers Ltd.—”willing to do anything, go anywhere.” Hiring themselves out proves to be a smart move for the couple. In their first assignment for the mysterious Mr. Whittington, all Tuppence has to do in their first job is take an all-expenses paid trip to Paris and pose as an American named Jane Finn. But with the assignment comes a bribe to keep quiet, a threat to her life, and the disappearance of her new employer. Now their newest job is playing detective.
Where is the real Jane Finn? The mere mention of her name produces a very strange reaction all over London. So strange, in fact, that they decided to find this mysterious missing lady. She has been missing for five years. And neither her body nor the secret documents she was carrying have ever been found. Now post-war England’s economic recovery depends on finding her and getting the papers back. It isn’t long before they find themselves plunged into more danger than they ever could have imagined—a danger that could put an abrupt end to their business… and their lives.
See you next month with an update and the next story in the challenge.