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The Mysterious Affair At Styles (original 1920; edition 1975)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:The Mysterious Affair At Styles
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Dodd Mead (1975), Edition: First, Hardcover, 313 pages
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (1920)

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles was a fun quick read. This book is Agatha Christie’s first published novel and the first to feature the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Beloved by many for being a completely pompous prig, this character launched Christie’s career and ultimately resulted in her books being the most widely read in history selling millions of copies. This author, perhaps being outsold only by Shakespeare or the Bible, has to have been doing something right.

In this debut novel, we cover some familiar territory. A rich old woman, living in an English Mansion, has been murdered. We have a body, a murder weapon, some strange clues, and a well experienced detective that already has it all figured out. So sit back on that cozy couch, sip some hot coffee, and read The Mysterious Affair at Styles. What more could you love? ( )
  Hanneri | Jul 5, 2014 |
How have I managed to get this far in life without reading ANY Agatha Christie? Came across this lovely audiobook quite by chance at the library and set about to rectify the omission. So glad that I did.

The first of the Hercule Poirot novels, we meet the fastidious Belgian detective and his upright friend, Arthur Hastings. Hastings is visiting his good friend John Cavendish and his lovely wife Mary. Of course, nothing is ever as it seems. In typical country house mystery fashion, the doyenne of the manor is apparently poisoned, right before the appalled family's eyes leaving a house full of suspects. The Cavendish family quickly enlists Arthur's little foreign detective friend to investigate.

Charmingly narrated by Penelope Dellaporta, the mystery rips right along. Her clipped English tones helped keep David Suchet's voice out of my head. ( )
  michigantrumpet | Jun 27, 2014 |
Classic Agatha Christie, with H.Poirot shining as the master mystery detective. ( )
  magnolia2 | Feb 5, 2014 |
This is the debut novel for Ms Christie and the first appearance of Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective. Arthur Hastings is recovering from a war wound and travels to Styles to see his friend, John. During this visit, John’s step mother is killed. Poirot uses his skills as a detective to solve the mystery.

Hastings who likens himself a detective is an annoying character but against his dullness, Poirot is able to shine in his craft. The list of characters and twists and turns does make this a mystery that is not easy to guess the villain.

The story was good, not her best but a debut novel and often the first in the series is a character building story. The reader did a good job. Not the best nor the worst. ( )
  Kristelh | Jan 19, 2014 |
This is the novel that introduces Poirot to the world. he's called in to investigate the poisoning of the lady of Styles Hall. And there are a host of suspects to wade through. We also meet Hastings, who's convalescing after a war wound of some description. This is one of the few Poirot books that i can think of that is set in a particular time period. Most of them seem to be set in some fuzzy period between the two wars, whereas this is clearly set during WW1. It has its twists & turns and at times Poirot is more concerned with playing the role of Cupid than detective, but it's non the worse for that. Not a book I've read before (I always preferred Miss Marple as a teenager), but there's not much wrong with it. ( )
2 vote Helenliz | Jan 19, 2014 |
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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
Suchet, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Symons, JulianForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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