September’s book is The Man in the Brown Suit by mystery legend Agatha Christie. This book is a standalone not featuring any of Mrs. Christie’s usual detectives although Colonel Race, one of Mrs. Christie’s less well-known sleuths, makes his first appearance. The story concerns a young woman, Anne Beddingfeld who is the daughter of an elderly anthropologist who succumbs to illness at the beginning of the book. Her father’s death allows Anne to go off on her adventure. She is the standalone character.
The book was written after a round-the-world tour the Christies took with a trade mission. The mission was headed by a former teacher from Archie Christie’s college, a Major Belcher. During the trip Belcher convinced Agatha to write a book featuring him and his house. The character of Sir Eustace Pedler was based on Major Belcher. Other people on the mission tour were also written into the story and Belcher’s secretary was also Pedler’s secretary. Although the activity doesn’t appear in the story, Agatha and Archie learned to surf during the tour.
Discussion leader and SinC Border Crimes member Valerie Bonham tells us why she chose this book. “I like the story because of its unusual setting — South Africa — and because the story features a young woman setting off on her own.”
If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.
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