The man in the brown suit

StathisZavitsanosStathisZavitsanos Attiki, Greece Investigator
Reading "The man in the brown suit" Could anyone give me His opinion about it? PLEASE NO SPOILERS!
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  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭

    It is TERRIFIC, EXCELLENT, MAGNIFICENT I like it a lot, I can't speak too highly of this wonderful book,  The Characters are Great, The Villain is one of my favourite of Christie's Villains, I think the 2 ain women are wonderful and it is a crying shame they were not in other books, I even like Race in this book,

    I like this book

  • MissQuinMissQuin ✭✭✭
    edited September 2013
    I have mixed feelings towards it. I didn't like Anne Beddingfield's narration much.  But I did Sir Eustace narration which was more witty and had more punch to it. The parts of the book were amusing and really saved the novel from being too much like a adventure romance story. 

    There's a romance which isn't so much a sub plot as part of the story. I found it hard to swallow. My very old copy of the book was described as a thriller, I felt it wasn't.

    I won't reveal the end but I don't think you'll get much of a shock. I think this may end up being filmed as a Marple. 


    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • I'd be surprised to see any more episodes of Marple - I thought it was announced that this last series would be the final one around the time the money was shifted around, cutting Marple to three episodes and funding the fifth one (Labours) for the last series of Poirot.  I agree "...Brown Suit" would be a likely contender for future series, though.  Personally, I like the eighties adaptation very much - a bit of a poor man's "Romancing The Stone", but the cast make it very enjoyable for me.

     

    With regards the novel, the twist Christie uses is so similar to one from a later and much more celebrated book, I do wonder why "...Brown Suit" wasn't the one to be critically lauded at the time.  It is definitely one of the better adventure-style books she wrote.

  • MissQuinMissQuin ✭✭✭
    edited September 2013
    I've wondered what the film was like, so I will watch it when it's on TV again, thank you JohnWaynefreak. Plus if you enjoy the book Stathis, perhaps you could then watch the film?

    Also I didn't know that about the Marple series. I know the ratings slumped and it's not surprising given how bad some of the episodes were. But I'd like to see some of the short stories filmed.


    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • tudestudes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2013
    I think it's a good book. It's much more an adventure book, very similar to The Secret Adversary or the Secret of Chimneys (I prefer the last one) than to The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
    Let's say that is young Agatha Christie's book (it is not a depreciative opinion). It's a delightful book, but it is not a masterpiece.
    And it was filmed in 1989.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭

    I love this book, but I do think seeing the film first helped, I loved the arration of Anne Beddingfild who I would have liked to see in more books and I love the narration of Peddlar, I personally don't see the connection to The Secret Adversary or The Secret of Chimneys, to me it is more similar to Destination Unknown and They Came To Baghdad, (I don't see the difference between the Female leads in all three books so they might aswell have had the same one) and I think it is more superior to Sparkling Cyanide which would be a much better candidate for a Marple Episode as this book is too good to be in that series, I suppose people think she could replace suzy  but she could replace the old lady in Sparkling Cyanide and improve the book and I wold like to see Race and Miss Marple together in that one NOT The Man In The Brown Suit, 

    When I received the Film in The Post I watched it twice in one day, I love the Film, The Whole cast are Excellent I am just sorry they moved the location    

  • StathisZavitsanosStathisZavitsanos Attiki, Greece Investigator

    I love this book, but I do think seeing the film first helped, I loved the arration of Anne Beddingfild who I would have liked to see in more books and I love the narration of Peddlar, I personally don't see the connection to The Secret Adversary or The Secret of Chimneys, to me it is more similar to Destination Unknown and They Came To Baghdad, (I don't see the difference between the Female leads in all three books so they might aswell have had the same one) and I think it is more superior to Sparkling Cyanide which would be a much better candidate for a Marple Episode as this book is too good to be in that series, I suppose people think she could replace suzy  but she could replace the old lady in Sparkling Cyanide and improve the book and I wold like to see Race and Miss Marple together in that one NOT The Man In The Brown Suit, 

    When I received the Film in The Post I watched it twice in one day, I love the Film, The Whole cast are Excellent I am just sorry they moved the location    

    Indeed, Destination... The man in... and The came... Have a lot in common(I mean the woman, a unexpected man in the woman's room) I imagined the same woman in unknown destination, They came... And the man in...
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  • Did anyone else find it too easy to guess who was behind the murders?
    "Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there." Poirot -Death On The Nile
  • AlexBarryAlexBarry Wisconsin, United States Investigator
    I just finished this a few nights ago and really enjoyed the heck out of it.  Love love LOVE Anne Beddingfield and would have enjoyed greatly other books with her, had there been any.  Her character comes through as just cute as a button, and her voice is so disingenuous and merry.  The atmosphere on board ship was wonderful and really made me want to plan a cruise from Southampton to Cape Town.  Really enjoyed the knowledgeable little tid-bits Dame Agatha sprinkled throughout, as a result of her own round-the-world cruise taken shortly before with Archie.  She knew the ins and outs of the citys and towns, the rail system and geography, as well as a travel guide.  Did anyone not notice her reference to early surfers on the Cape Town shoreline?  (see the great film The Endless Summer to get a glimpse of what drew surfers to that location).
    Loved also the characters of Mrs Blair, Colonel Race and all the others.  
    This book is just a wonderful example of what a wonderful write AC was, what an ear she had for dialog, and what an eye for setting, and all this in just her fourth published work.  Remarkable!
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭

    I so agree with you AlexBarry, It is an Wonderful book full of Humour, I love the Relationship between Suzy and Ann, The Villain is my favourite Christie Villain I think Pedlar's Assistant is Great, I also wish Ann had been in others, They Came To Baghdad and Destination Unknown would have been much better books if she had been the Main Character, I missed the bit you mentioned I will look for it next time I read it as there will be a Next time.

    Have you seen The Film AlexBerry? It is wonderful, I like it so much I watched it twice in one day when I bought it, I can't speak too highly about this book.

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