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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha…

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery (1)

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This was a fast-paced and engaging read, and Christie is a master at mystery. Poirot is quite a character and really each suspect in Styles was distinct. I think the book is great for younger and older audiences alike. ( )
  Kylalala | Jun 24, 2018 |
I have loved Agatha Christie's mysteries for as long as I can remember. It's good to know that her books were excellent from the beginning. The Mysterious Affair at Styles was her first published work.

If you use the Wake County public library, you can borrow this recording from the Download library - I've just returned it :) The narration was excellent, the story and the characters delightful. ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
Too dated. Doesn't hold up anymore. ( )
  ppmarkgraf | May 5, 2018 |
Timeless. First in Christie's series of Hercule Poirot and loved it. ( )
  bogopea | May 2, 2018 |
Agatha Christie's first novel, my first Agatha experience, and the inception of Poirot, is just perfection. Agatha's novels have been raved about for years and years, and now I see why. Her storytelling captures the very essence of a great detective novel, and has been the inspiration for hundreds of mysteries for decades. She was able to break away from the dominating Sherlock Holmes detective persona, and create a new detective genre (and character) of her own. For a book that was originally published in 1921, this story still holds up. The characters are perfectly developed and examined, the setting is painted with just enough description to be imagined without too much narrative, and the actual mystery is clever enough that I didn't guess the murderer until pretty much the end. Christie manages to do everything with a light hand, so that nothing is overbearing, obnoxious, or unrealistic. She keeps it simple yet complex, intriguing enough to make you want to think, without being so suspenseful that you don't want to take your time with the story. A ! I can't wait to read more of her novels. ( )
  rachellynnwright | Mar 21, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Curran, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fonticoli, DianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
George, ElizabethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keilhau, WollertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, WillCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Suchet, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Symons, JulianForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woodman, JeffNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles [and] The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles / Curtain by Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles [and] Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirotin johtolangat : viisi kuulua mysteeriä by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie Crime Collection: And Then There Were None, Dumb Witness, The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

The Complete Mystery Novels of Agatha Christie Vol 1 by Agatha Christie

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0646418432, Paperback)

The heiress of Styles has been murdered, dying in agony from strychnine slipped into her coffee. And there are plenty who would gain from her death: the financially strapped stepson, the gold digging younger husband, and an embittered daughter-in-law.

Agatha Christie's eccentric and hugely popular detective, Hercule Poirot, was introduced to the world in this book, which launched her career as the most famous and best loved of all mystery writers.

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Recently, there had been some strange goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, constant companion to old Mrs. Inglethorp, had stormed out of the house muttering something about 'a lot of sharks'. And with her, something indefinable had gone from the atmosphere. Her presence had spelt security; now the air seemed rife with suspicion and impending evil.… (more)

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Tantor Media

2 editions of this book were published by Tantor Media.

Editions: 1400102715, 1400109191

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