52 in 1: The Man in the Brown Suit

Adventure! Romance! Disguises! Mystery men! Casual racism! Misogyny! All the good stuff!

Adventure! Romance! Disguises! Mystery men! Casual racism! Misogyny! All the good stuff!

For week 35, I read The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie. (Oh, hey, look…another one!) This one has nothing to do with Miss Marple or Monsieur Poirot, however, instead focusing on recently-orphaned Anne Beddingfeld to do the brunt of the detective work. She has nothing to lose and everything to gain by jumping headlong into an adventure.

This book was clearly written in the 1920’s, and it’s hard to read sometimes. Anne has a very naive understanding of romance, having not ever had any before, and I can’t tell if Christie was trying to comment critically on the way men and women treat each other or if Anne was supposed to fit in with other plucky heroines of the time.

The plot was more than a little confusing, but at the time I was involved in multiple books simultaneously, which does not lend itself to keeping anything straight. Possibly this was my own fault. I gave the book five stars despite all of these things, because it was otherwise a fun read. Lots of disguises and mistaken identities and mysterious notes and intrigue, some romance (interspersed with casual racism at one point, oh boy) and quite a lot of people attempting to kill each other. Thrilling!

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