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Agatha Christie Essay, Research Paper Christie, Agatha: The Man in the Brown Suit Florian Katzinger ——————————————————————————– B O O K R E P O R T B y F l o r i a n K a t z i n g e r AGATHA CHRISTIE The Man in the Brown Suit Per 3 rd of April 1997 A g a t h a C h r i s t i e is known throughout the world as Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language with another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold by only the Bible and Shakespeare. She is the author of 79 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays and 6 novels written under the name of Mary Westmacott. Agatha Christie was born in Torquay. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles , was written toward the end of the First World War, in which she served as a VAD. In it she created Hercule Poirot, the little Belgian detective who was destined to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. It was eventually published by The Bodley Head in 1920. In 1926, after averaging a book a year, Agatha Christie wrote her masterpiece. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was the first of her books to be published by Collins and marked the beginning of an author-publisher relationship which lasted for fifty years and well over seventy books. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was also the first of Agatha Christie?s books to be dramatised ? under the name Alibi ? and to have successful run in the West End. The mousetrap , her most famous play of all, is the longest-running play in history. Agatha Christie was made a Dame in 1971. Her last two books to be published were Curtain: Poirot?s Last Case in 1975, and Sleeping Murder , featuring the deceptively mild Miss Marple, in 1976. Both were best-sellers. Agatha Christie also wrote four non-fiction works including an autobiography and the delightful Come, Tell Me How You Life , which celebrates the many expeditions she shared with her archaeologist husband Sir Max Mallowan. C h a r a c t e r s Anne Beddingfield (A beautiful, young adventurer. She is the main Narrator. Always searching for new novels, by investigating the Man in the Brown Suit) Sir Eustace Pedler (Member of the Houses of Common, responsible for South-African affairs. A genteel older gentleman. But also doubtless the most smartest character of this novel. In fact he is ?The Colonel?. Some parts of the book are out of his diary.) Nadina (A famous Russian dancer, who has taken Paris by storm. She is married with Carton. She fools everybody until she was killed by ?The Colonel? at the Mill-House, owned by Sir Eustace Pedler) ?The Colonel? (His profession is jewel-robbery and he is a great brain. ?If you want a thing done safely, do not do it yourself!? The most mysterious figure in this novel.) Colonel Race (A Secret Service agent. He wants to convict ?The Colonel?. Anne is afraid of him and loves him at the same time. His aim is to conquer Anne?s heart) Suzanne Blair (A good friend of Anne. They have become acquainted with at the Kilmorden Castle. Suzanne helps Anne unselfish, even she is longing for her husband Clarence.) Guy Pagett (Sir Eustace Pedler?s secretary. He has a ?guilty secret?: He is married to a woman and has four children, although he is Pedler?s secretary. He is employed by him for six years and did nothing wrong.) S y n o p s i s The whole story is about pretty, young Anne Beddingfield, who 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. Anne was eyewitness and felt that somebody was behind her before the man fell. As she turned round a man in a brown suit came and declared as a doctor, examined the body, resulted that the man is dead and disappeared as fast as he came.