Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Pages: 224
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Set in Essex in the English countryside, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is one of the great classic murder mysteries. The victim, Mrs. Emily Inglethorp, is the wealthy mistress of Styles Court. After an evening of entertaining family and guests, she is found poisoned in her locked bedroom. The long list of suspects includes her gold-digging new husband, her stepsons, her best female friend, and a visiting doctor.
Here, in her first published mystery, Agatha Christie introduces us to her beloved Belgian protagonist, inspector Hercule Poirot, who methodically pieces together the intricate evidence of this bewildering crime. From his very first appearance, Poirot amuses us with his oddly fastidious habits--then astonishes us with the power of his razor-sharp mind. Christie keeps us guessing as to the murderer's identity until Poirot finally presents his ingenious solution to this landmark mystery. And, voila, one of the genre's most famous sleuths is born.
I can’t believe it took me so long to try an Agatha Christie novel, now I want to read them all! She is brilliant absolutely brilliant!
The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Agatha Christie’s very first novel and it features Hercule Poirot. To be honest I have seen some of the shows featuring him and never was a huge fan but after reading this book I think I might have to give the tv series another go.
In this one Mrs. Inglethrope has been poisoned and her room has three entry points and everyone swears they were all bolted, so then how was she poisoned? Mr. Hastings who is a friend of John Cavendish, one of the stepsons of Mrs. Inglethrope is a friend of Mr. Poirot and offers to go and get him to see if he can help figure out what happened.
Poirot is an interesting sort of man with a different approach to solving the crime. I really liked his interactions with Mr. Hastings as Hasting sort of thinks of himself as a bit of a detective himself but his guesses where always wrong. It was kind of like a Belgium Holmes and a British Watson except Hasting as Watson was a bit more bumbling. I liked how Poirot would tell Mr. Hastings somethings and then keep somethings to himself.
I thought I had it figured out because of certain things that Poirot said, etc. Then come to find out I had it all wrong and I blame it all on Poirot as he tricked me! 🙂
Mr Hasting is the POV that we get for this story and I felt a bit like Mr. Hastings with this comment he made after we find out who really committed the crime.
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed my first foray into the books of Agatha Christie and I can’t wait to read another one! I can at least not feel bad for having never read her work and recommend her for any mystery lover!