The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920, is Agatha Christie's first detective novel. It serves as the introduction to Hercule Poirot, Belgian inspector extraordinaire. Egg-headed with nicely kempt mustaches, Poirot is one of the most famous and long-lived characters in detective fiction. When Christie's final book featuring him was published in 1975 (a year before her death), he would be the only fictional character to be given an obituary in the New York Times: 6 August 1975 "Hercule Poirot is Dead; Famed Belgian Detective." The Mysterious Affair at Styles is set in England during World War I at Styles Court, where the widow Emily Cavendish has inherited her deceased husband's estate. Eventually she marries the much younger Alfred Inglethorp, while her two stepsons - John and Lawrence - John's wife, and several other people come to live at Styles. Plenty of potential suspects for the crime! When Emily turns up dead one night, the case begins, and John, who'd inherit the whole lot, is right in Poirot's sights. But who really done it? What transpires is the first classic case which would launch Christie's fabulous career, chock full of red herrings and surprising plot twists.
Publisher: [United States] : Sheba Blake Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
ISBN: 9781304774941
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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AL_LESLEY Nov 16, 2016

A good mystery with delightful characters. Poirot is beyond absurd and Hastings is as stuffy as can be. It made me smile.

Oct 20, 2016

Remarkable work for a novice writer. Was very curious to read the two endings and see the difference between thrm.

Mar 28, 2016

This is my second Christie novel, and I really enjoyed it. With many plot twists, new discoveries, and an unsuspected reveal at the end, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. The detective, Hercule Poirot, is a quirky, charming, and immensely likable character that provides a much needed change to the monotonous english detectives that I so often find in other mystery novels. Truly a great book!

FederalWayEdna Jun 19, 2015

This story introduces Poirot and it's no disappointment with its full characterizations and a complicated plot entailing surprises and a twist ending. Having picked up random copies of Christie, it was fun to recognize how much Poirot has evolved in later novels.

May 14, 2015

The great aspects of this book are that it's a fast read and keeps you guessing until the end. The problem is it bumbles a lot, and knowing the answer to the mystery makes Poirot seem incredibly erratic. If his actions fit a lot better with the explanation later, I could have accepted it more. That said, it's not a bad debut book. Some of the cultural references were lost on me (and likely most modern readers, since it was written almost a century ago), but it didn't hold me up.

EuSei Oct 20, 2013

I was curious to read Agatha Christie’s first Poirot novel, which was published in 1920. And I was not disappointed. Midway through the book I was surprised to realize this was one of her first novels… I think Mrs. Christie was born a writer: there is nothing in this book that betrays the novice. She worked as a dispenser in a hospital during WWI, hence, I believe, her knowledge of poisons and the presence of the young nurse’s character in the book. Here you will find the first description of Hercule Poirot, the “little man” with a gigantic intellect and an even larger ego. Inspector James Japp is also first presented to the reader, “a little sharp, dark, ferret-faced man”—physically different from Philip Jackson of the Agatha Christie’s Poirot series, Japp also does not present any of the irritating and almost unintelligible cockney accent Jackson sported. Most definitely this is a must read for any Agatha Christie fan.

AmandaVollmershausen Apr 22, 2013

Although not a mystery fiction fan, I felt that my reading palette could not be complete without delving into the classics of the genre. My honest reaction was to roll my eyes periodically throughout the novel at the overstated obliviousness of the secondary protagonist (also the narrator) and his failure to grasp the clues given by Poirot, the hero of the story. It all felt very artificial and unoriginal. I didn't find the book to 'pull me in' at all, but it was easy enough to read that I didn't need a lot of motivation to continue. The ending is somewhat satisfying, but I wouldn't read another Agatha Christie novel. I must give credit to the unexpected ending (much more unexpected than I expected, even) that made me appreciate the cleverness of the plot.

amandarobinson Jan 15, 2013

A great book, I really enjoyed it. Agatha Christie never ceases to amaze me with her brilliant plots. Definitely worth a look! Also, if you're not familiar with David Suchet's Poirot on BBC, check it out! He is an outstanding Poirot on screen.

Oct 25, 2011

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the wonderful debut novel by one of the foremost mystery writers ever, Agatha Christie. It introduces the reader to the clever and eccentric detective, Hercule Poirot.

DanniOcean Aug 13, 2009

Poirot's first appearance


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Mar 13, 2014

Violence: Well, it is a murder mystery.. This one is not very violent, but you should still look out for some unnecessary details perhaps.

Mar 13, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: When the victim is dying!


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Mar 13, 2014

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