The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

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

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MisterShaggy MisterShaggy Sep 27, 2017
When not a single of Agatha's work is on the local bookstore, resorting to online reading -sigh-
RuralWriter RuralWriter Nov 22, 2017
This sets the story sometime around 1916-17.  It was published in 1919, but if Hastings was invalided home during the war, this would be an accurate date, especially with the Belgian refugees
RuralWriter RuralWriter Nov 22, 2017
May we acknowledge that they simply can’t wright conversations like this anymore?  You have to be all concise, and get the point across.  Why not have a ramble of sorts through your opinions
RuralWriter RuralWriter Nov 22, 2017
They defiantly had some position.  Most of the well heeled families reverted to pony and trap well into the reign of Edward VII
RuralWriter RuralWriter Nov 22, 2017
I’ve always wondered how everyone pictured him... I always thought of him as an amalgamation of Albert Finney’s and David Suchet’s Poirot, or Kenneth Branagh and Peter Ustinov’s Poirot, not all of them, one morph or the other