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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1916)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot (1)

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Who doesn't love a good mystery novel? Curl up with The Mysterious Affair at Styles, a tale from the pen of Agatha Christie, a writer who is regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the masters of the form. This classic manor-house mystery introduces Christie's much beloved character, the detective Hercule Poirot.

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El misterioso caso de Styles
Agatha Christie
Publicado: 1920 | 157 páginas
Novela Intriga Policial
Serie: Hércules Poirot #1

Hastings se está recuperando de sus heridas de guerra cuando recibe una invitación para visitar a sus amigos, la familia Cavendish, en Styles St Mary. Cerca de allí, como invitados de los Cavendish, se encuentra un grupo de refugiados belgas, y entre ellos, para sorpresa de Hastings, está su viejo amigo de la policía belga, el célebre detective Hércules Poirot. A su llegada, Hastings encuentra mucha tensión en Styles. Emily Inglethorp, viuda de Cavendish, posee el control de la gran fortuna familiar desde la muerte de su marido. Para disgusto de sus pródigos hijos John y Lawrence, se ha casado recientemente con Alfred Inglethorp, un hombre de aspecto y pasado dudosos, veinte años más joven que ella. Una madrugada, todo el mundo se despierta con los ruidos que llegan de la habitación de la Sra. Inglethorp. Al abrir la puerta cerrada con llave, la encuentran sufriendo terribles convulsiones. La mujer grita el nombre de su marido y muere. Cuando el examen «post mortem» revela que la causa de la muerte es el envenenamiento por estricnina, Hastings avisa inmediatamente al famoso detective belga. A las pocas horas, Hércules Poirot emprende su primera investigación…
  libreriarofer | Sep 24, 2023 |

My first book of Agatha Christie, I really appreciated the writing style and the way the case unravelled itself. I like how the book did not start with a mystery on the go but built up to it over a few chapters.

It is a classic in a way where the culprit is sort of apparent but the way he is connected to the crime isn't.

Cannot wait to read more of Agatha Christie! ( )
  AnrMarri | Aug 1, 2023 |
This is the first so it's not completely awesome, but it was also sooo good!
Told from Hastings POV so it's a little winy and pompous. I giggled quite a bit at how "old" he kept saying Hercule Poirot was. ( )
  StarKnits | Jul 24, 2023 |
read 2022
  AbneyLibri | Jul 22, 2023 |
After years of reading this was my first time reading a Agatha Christie mystery and I must say I found it more amusing than mysterious. I recently obtained a Agatha Christie collection so I'll delve into it again eventually and give her work another go. ( )
  kevinkevbo | Jul 14, 2023 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Curran, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dellaporta, PenelopeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fonticoli, DianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
George, ElizabethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Judge, PhoebeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keilhau, WollertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, WillCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lehtonen, PaavoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Suchet, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Symons, JulianForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woodman, JeffNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Classic Literature. Fiction. Mystery. HTML:

Who doesn't love a good mystery novel? Curl up with The Mysterious Affair at Styles, a tale from the pen of Agatha Christie, a writer who is regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the masters of the form. This classic manor-house mystery introduces Christie's much beloved character, the detective Hercule Poirot.


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Set in the summer of 1917 in an Essex country estate, the story follows the war-wounded Captain Arthur Hastings to the Styles St. Mary manor of his friend John Cavendish. The Cavendish household is wrought with tension due to the marriage of John's widowed old aunt Emily, she of a sizeable fortune, to a suspicious younger man, Alfred Inglethorp, twenty years her junior. Emily's two stepsons, John and Lawrence Cavendish, as well as John's wife Mary and several other people, also live at Styles. Late one night, the residents of Styles wake to find Emily Inglethorp dying. When Emily's sudden heart attack is found to be attributable to strychnine, Hastings, who had runs into his old friend, the Belgian Hercule Poirot, he recruits him to aid in the local investigation. With impeccable timing, Hercule Poirot, the insightful retired detective, makes his dramatic entrance to solve a most baffling case.

Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe, and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom? Suspects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Mary--from the heiress's fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary. On the day she was killed, Emily Inglethorp was overheard arguing with someone, most likely her husband, Alfred, or her stepson, John. Afterwards, she seemed quite distressed and, apparently, made a new will--which no one can find. Nobody can explain how or when the strychnine was administered to Mrs. Inglethorp. High on Poirot's list of suspects are: John Cavendish, the elder stepson; Mary Cavendish, his wife; Lawrence Cavendish, the younger stepson; Evelyn Howard, Mrs. Inglethorpe's companion; Cynthia Murdoch, her protegee; and Dr. Bauerstein, a mysterious stranger who lives in Essex. All have motive and opportunity but only Poirot can discover the truth.
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