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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Emilia Fox, Joan Hickson Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780062253057
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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 Beddingfeld came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her—and immediately finds her 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A model detective story, there is never a dull moment.”

    Times (London) on 4:50 From Paddington

  • “The suspense is agonizing.”

    Daily Mail (London) on 4:50 From Paddington

  • “The great mistress of the last-minute switch is at it again…Even the experts have given up any attempts to out-guess Miss Christie.

    New Yorker on 4:50 From Paddington

  • “Hickson simply IS the mild, elderly, deceptively parochial lady with piercing insight into human wrongdoing. She also manages to inhabit the other characters in this book beautifully...Rarely have Christie’s quiet humor and wry characterizations been so clearly voiced.”

    AudioFile on 4:50 From Paddington

  • “Emilia Fox infuses Anne’s voice with a level-headed bravery and uses a mix of British accents and intonations to inform listeners of the social class and personalities of the rest of the large class. An excellent job.”

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About the Author
Author Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the best-selling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over four billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.

About the Narrators

Emilia Fox has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. She is an acclaimed and award-winning actress, most notably played the title role in the play Katherine Howard at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and Clara Copperfield in a television movie production of David Copperfield. In 2004 she began playing pathologist Nikki Alexander on the television series Silent Witness. In 2006 she garnered much praise for her role in the independent comedy-drama Cashback.

Joan Hickson (1906–1998) was an actress who appeared on stage in several plays and in over seventy films. She is best known for playing Miss Marple in the BBC television series, a role that was encouraged by Agatha Christie, who wrote, “ hope you will play my dear Miss Marple” after seeing Hickson in Christie’s Appointment with Death.