The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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Agatha Christie's debut novel was also the first to feature Hercule Poirot, her famously eccentric Belgian detective.

A refugee of the Great War, Poirot has settled in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactor, the elderly Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is poisoned and the authorities are baffled, Poirot puts his prodigious sleuthing skills to work. Suspects are plentiful, including the victim’s much younger husband, her resentful stepsons, her longtime hired companion, a young family friend working as a nurse, and a London specialist on poisons who just happens to be visiting the nearby village.

All of them have secrets they are desperate to keep, but none can outwit Poirot as he navigates the ingenious red herrings and plot twists that contribute to Agatha Christie's well-deserved reputation as the queen of mystery.

Librarian's note: the first 5 Christie novels featuring Poirot are: 1) The Mysterious Affair at Styles, 1920; 2) The Murder on the Links, 1923; 3) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, 1926; 4) The Big Four, 1927; and 5) The Mystery of the Blue Train, 1928. There are many short stories and a short story collection featuring Poirot in this period as well. Each Christie novel, short story, and play has its own entry on Goodreads.

Title:The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781734452594
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    The Mysterious Affair at Styles Reviews

  • Joel

    "Dear me, Poirot," I said with a sigh, "I think you have explained everything! And how wonderful of you to wait until page 230 to finally shed light on all your absurd behavior throughout the book, an...

  • mark monday

    Choose Your Own Adventure!You are Captain Arthur Hastings, and you are slowly falling in love with a Belgian. The feelings are embarrassing at first; you find the Belgian himself to be quite an embarr...

  • James

    If you've read my reviews before, you know I love mystery fiction, and in particular, the classics. Agatha Christie died in 1976, and I was born the following year. Two things come to mind... (1) It's...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1), Agatha ChristieOriginal publication year 1920.Characters: Hercule Poirot, Inspector Japp, Arthur Hastings, John Cavendish, Emily Inglethorp, Alfred...

  • Brina

    February has been a tough month for me this time around. I can't pinpoint it but there have been too many gray days even without the snow on the ground. Spring is mercifully around the corner and with...

  • Tina Haigler

    Ok. Let's get down to business. This is an old fashioned British mystery novel. So much information! Trying to keep it all straight in my head was extremely difficult. My brain was all over the place ...

  • Jaline

    To celebrate completing my 1000th book of the decade, I chose Agatha Christie’s first Hercule Poirot mystery novel for this reading slot. I am especially proud of this milestone because earlier in t...

  • Luffy

    It never entered my mind that I'd one day reread this version of the very first Hercule Poirot in such an unexpected medium as electronically. Well I did and here we are.Some of the words used in this...

  • Henry Avila

    Agatha Christie's first novel and it shows, a somewhat convoluted story with too many red herrings and even an unneeded trial at the end, written by the bored writer during the First World War ( the G...

  • Anne

    Poirot is introduced in this book, so how can you not love it?!Actually, pretty easily.This simply isn't Agatha Chrisite's best work.And that's mainly due to this being her first book. Yeah, so not on...