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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha…

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (original 1920; edition 2007)

by Agatha Christie

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As always, Agatha Christies' murder mystery is as brilliantly conceived as they are brilliantly unraveled to the reader. ( )
  bbbart | May 30, 2015 |
I had completely forgotten that I'd checked out the Recorded Books audio edition a little over seven months ago when I checked it out again. In fact, I couldn't remember a thing. I feel chagrined that I didn't figure out many of the clues again. That's okay -- Hastings is such an oblivious twit (loved it when he said he didn't consider himself dense), that he made me feel better about my own failures.

Good thing for the case that the villain hadn't sense enough to eat one of the clues. One puzzle that wasn't answered at all is how Hastings managed to be as active as he was. After all, in the third paragraph he informs the readers that he was on a month's sick leave after spending months in a convalescent home. True, he doesn't state why he was invalided home from the [World War I] front, so it could have been disease rather than a wound, but all that walking, helping to break down a locked door, etc.??

Not bad, but I still prefer Miss Marple to Hercule Poirot. I'm not happy with the fact that one of Poirot's actions caused unnecessary public expense.


In British English, a 'chemist' can be what we call a 'pharmacist' in the USA.

When Poirot states he will hang [the killer] as high as Haman, that is a reference to the villain of the Biblical Book of Esther. That was a height of 50 cubits, which would be nearly 74 feet / 22.5 meters (almost 86 feet / 26.175 meters if the Royal Egyptian cubit was meant), so that's pretty high. ( )
  JalenV | May 5, 2015 |
Hastings is an idiot.

Other than that, this was a pretty good book! ( )
  jrsearcher | Feb 12, 2015 |
Firſt Poirot ſtory. ( )
  leandrod | Feb 10, 2015 |
This was a passable mystery; it seems so very similar to Christie's other books, except that it has a very convoluted plot. ( )
  martensgirl | Jan 4, 2015 |
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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 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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