2008: 159. The Man in the Brown Suit

“Nadina, the dancer who had taken Paris by storm, swayed to the sound of applause, bowed and bowed again,”

The Man in the Brown Suit, Agatha Christie

The reviewer on Amazon referred to this as Christie’s “most romantic” novel, and I would agree that it is - not in the sense that there is a great romance in the book, but rather that the whole plot is romantic fluff (if fun romantic fluff).  It starts with that great Christie staple, the plucky young single lady (see e.g., They Came to Baghdad), who, when her father dies leaving her penniless, sets off on an adventure which eventually involves seeing a murder, becoming a reporter, traveling to South America, and coming up against a criminal mastermind. Oh, and falling in love with a dark brooding young man who just might be guilty of terrible crimes (which has a whole aspect of him overmastering her and her loving it which is sort of repulsive, but whatever, it was the twenties - the era of The Shiek).  Beyond being totally ridiculous if you think seriously about a single aspect of the story, it is a fun book - got to love those feisty heroines!

Date/Place Completed: 10/19/08; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Re-read; Agatha Christie Project

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017