Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

I’ve just finished reading Agatha Christie’s The Man in the Brown Suit, which is one of her earliest books. It has a very complicated plot about a diamond robbery, an accidental death at a London tube station and a murder in a remote country mansion. I’ll write about in more detail about in a later post, but for now here is a teaser:

For in each suspicious instance Pagett had been shown as the directing genius. It was true that his personality seemed to lack the assurance and decision that one would suspect from a master criminal – but after all, according to Colonel Race, it was brain-work only that this mysterious leader supplied , and creative genius is often allied to a weak and timorous physical constitution. (page 148)

And the last few sentences in the book show Agatha Christie’s interest in anthropology:

‘Congratulations and love to the latest arrival on Lunatics’ Island. Is his head dolichocephalic or brachycephalic?’

I wasn’t going to stand that from Suzanne. I sent her a reply of one word, economical and to the point:

‘Platycephalic!’ (page 238)

4 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday

  1. Margaret – Oh, I like that last line, too! You’re right that this book does have somewhat of a complicated plot. Something about it appeals to me even though many people don’t regard this as one of Christie’s best works. I’m quite eager, actually to see what you think of it.

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  2. After many years I am now reading Agatha Christie from the beginning. I have a long way to go. The Man in the Brown Suit is my next. Am really enjoying them.

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