Colonel Race

9 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262 ratings

Man in the Brown Suit & 4:50 From Paddington Publisher's Summary

Romance, adventure, and train travel can all be a little bit dangerous, especially in the hands of Agatha Christie.

The Man in the Brown Suit: Pretty young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her - and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Anne is present on the platform when a thin man, reeking of mothballs, loses his balance and is electrocuted on the rails.

The Scotland Yard verdict is accidental death. But Anne is not satisfied. After all, who was the man in the brown suit who examined the body? And why did he race off, leaving a cryptic message behind: "17-122 Kilmorden Castle"?

4:50 From Paddington: For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away.

But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses...and no corpse.

This title was previously published as What Mrs. McGrillicuddy Saw!

Keep the mystery alive with more stories from Agatha Christie.

©1957 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd.
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  • Book 1

    • Man in the Brown Suit & 4:50 From Paddington

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Joan Hickson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 394
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345

    Romance, adventure, and train travel can all be a little bit dangerous, especially in the hands of Agatha Christie. The Man in the Brown Suit: Pretty, young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her - and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. 4:50 From Paddington: For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprisingly Good

    • By lou on 04-13-13

    Regular price: $34.22

    • The Man in the Brown Suit

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    Pretty, young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her - and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Anne is present on the platform when a thin man, reeking of mothballs, loses his balance and is electrocuted on the rails. The Scotland Yard verdict is accidental death. But Anne is not satisfied. After all, who was the man in the brown suit who examined the body? And why did he race off, leaving a cryptic message behind?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Started out great

    • By Deanna O'Shaughnessy on 05-03-15

    Regular price: $25.09

    • The Man in the Brown Suit

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    Another title in the ever popular Agatha Christie series.The suave and debonair Colonel Race must solve a question, not of ‘accidental death or suicide’, but ‘murder or double murder’.Pretty, young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her – and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Anne is present on the platform when a thin man, reeking of mothballs, loses his balance and is electocuted on the rails.The Scotland Yard verdict is accidental death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wild romance and mysteries

    • By maddy on 05-04-12

    Regular price: $15.48

  • Book 2

    • Cards on the Table

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 462
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 426
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 425

    Mr. Shaitana is famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he is a man of whom everybody is a little afraid. So when he boasts to Hercule Poirot that he considers murder an art form, the detective has some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's "private collection". Indeed, what begins as an absorbing evening of bridge is to turn into a more dangerous game altogether.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • this is a great Christie mystery

    • By Calliope on 01-21-14

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Cards on the Table

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Mr Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he was a man of whom everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to Poirot that he considered murder an art form, the detective had some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's private collection.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intelligent plot, awesome narration

    • By Pushkaraj on 01-30-18

    Regular price: $9.05

  • Book 3

    • Death on the Nile

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 964
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 877
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 876

    The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything ... until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting, nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yes, yes, yes!

    • By Craig on 01-25-13

    Regular price: $27.37

    • Death on the Nile

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 48

    The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything...until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: "I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Poirot read by Suchet - this could never go wrong!

    • By Emily on 11-02-13

    Regular price: $15.48

  • Book 4

    • Sparkling Cyanide

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Agatha Christie’s classic thriller. Features the recurring character Colonel Race from Death on the Nile, Cards on the Table and The Man in the Brown Suit. Six people sit down to dinner at a table laid for seven. In front of the empty place is a sprig of rosemary – in solemn memory of Rosemary Barton who died at the same table exactly one year previously.No one present on that fateful night would ever forget the woman’s face, contorted beyond recognition – or what they remembered about her astonishing life.

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    • Sparkling Cyanide

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146

    Six people sit down to a sumptuous meal at a table laid for seven. In front of the empty place is a sprig of rosemary - "rosemary for remembrance." A strange sentiment considering no one is likely to forget the night, exactly a year ago, that Rosemary Barton died at exactly the same table, her beautiful face unrecognizable, convulsed with pain and horror. But then Rosemary had always been memorable - she had the ability to arouse strong passions in most people she met. In one case, strong enough to kill....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • poor resolution to an interesting mystery

    • By Calliope on 07-23-14

    Regular price: $21.67