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text 2017-09-15 17:39
Halloween Bingo 2017 - Country House Mystery
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

I don't think I realized when I read this book many years ago as a teenager just how much of a homage to Arthur Conan Doyle it is. There are obvious parallels between Holmes and Poirot, Dr Watson and Hastings, and Inspector Lestrade and Superintendent Japp.

 

I do enjoy it when Hercule Poirot gathers all the suspects in the drawing room and then proceeds to unmask the murderer. I'm sure there isn't an ounce of legality in it, but it's a heck of a lot of fun. However, the casual anti-Semitism, overt snobbery and racism is a bit hard to swallow.

 

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text 2017-09-15 12:37
Reading progress update: I've read 38%.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

Ahh, it's years since I've read Agatha Christie, but it's like putting on a pair of my favourite comfy slippers; I know exactly what to expect.

 

Big country house - check

Dysfunctional family - check

Missing/disputed will - check

Suspicious servants - check

Red herrings galore - check

Everyone has a motive - check and check

 

Luckily Hercule Poirot is available and I'm sure he'll have everything sorted out and the murderer exposed in time for afternoon tea.

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text 2017-09-14 17:30
Halloween Bingo 2017 - Country House Mystery
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

And who better for solving this mystery than the one and only Hercule Poirot?

 

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review 2017-09-10 03:00
The Beginning of our Egg Shaped Detective
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

I read this for "Country House Mystery" square. "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" by Agatha Christie deals with the murder of the wealthy Mrs. Emily Inglethorp at her country home, Styles. This book brings together for the first time, Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings, and Inspector Japp.

 

 

 

This was a cleverly done plot though I'm not going to lie, I really didn't understand a thing til the ending. I'm still maybe a bit confused about things since I think the final solution was a bit convoluted. I mean I don't care, I liked the story a lot, but Poirot connecting things at the end I did go wait a second, what. 

 

I will always love Poirot treating Hastings like an imbecile though. And we get to see Hastings at 30 and acting a fool over women per usual. I did crack up at one scene where he makes his intentions clear, the woman laughed at him. Twice. 

 

Poirot was great, though I see signs of the later Poirot that started to bug me with his keeping everyone in the dark and revealing all later. I do wonder why no criminals would not start refusing gatherings held by Poirot in the later books. I would have declined and fled.

 

We do get some key players in this one that I liked though. We follow two brothers, stepsons to Mrs. Inglethorp. However, it is really the women that shone more for me in this book. Mary Cavendish, John's wife, and the friend of the family, Cynthia were great. 

 

The book takes place during World War I so we get to see an England at war, though it doesn't read that way except for a few small details here and there. 

 

I would still rate "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" higher than this one, though this is a favorite too. 

 

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text 2017-09-10 00:02
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

Wow. So good. BL has been really slow so I haven't been posting updates. Finished this up around dessert. This was cleverly done.

 

Also I have the Kindle version of this book, but it weirdly won't show up on Goodreads when I plugged in the ISBN.  I don't know if something's wrong with that version that I have. I bought this apparently a couple of years ago when it was $0.99 on Amazon and just never read it. I was surprised I even had it. 

 

I really liked this look into how Poirot and Hastings met. The ultimate mystery about who murdered this older woman Emily Inglethorp, in a country house during World War I was really smartly done. I have to say that Hastings was still Hastings and we get younger version of Poirot. This had to be before The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I am going to be nosy about the timeline later. 

 

We have a twist thrown in and I was totally on the wrong track until all was revealed. Got a very good kick out of this. 

 

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