The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie's classic tale is the first book in the Hercule Poirot series.

Invalided home from the First World War, Lieutenant Hastings finds himself in a convalescent home very much to his disliking.  Thankfully his old friend John Cavendish invites him to spend the rest of his sick leave at his family home.  The beautiful Styles Court is home to John’s step mother Mrs Inglethorpe, and her new husband Alfred.  Despite the tranquil surroundings Hastings begins to realise that all is not right.  When Mrs Inglethorpe is found poisoned a murder investigation begins, and who better to investigate than war refugee Hercule Poirot, a retired Belgian detective.  

Christie’s favourite review of this, her first book, was from the Pharmaceutical Journal, which praised, “this detective story for dealing with poisons in a knowledgeable way, and not with the nonsense about untraceable substances that so often happens.  Miss Agatha Christie knows her job.”  It was adapted for television with David Suchet as Poirot in 1990.

Courtesy of Project Gutenberg
Topgranny Topgranny a year ago
Having enjoyed the latest, and last, TV series, I wanted to read this first Poirot story. Don't really know why  I haven't read it before but finding both this app and the book has made my day! Thanks
CLHowley CLHowley 2 years ago
Wow, the whole of that novel online! Good on you for posting it up!
SilentSymphony_ SilentSymphony_ 2 years ago
I wonder why amazing stories like these don't get many reads. I mean, why wouldn't someone want to read Agatha Christie, the Mistress of Mystery?
AdzTeal AdzTeal 2 years ago
Hell yes! So badly wanted to read this one!, Thanks @Thrillers and @gutenberg