The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles
Why Would People Drink Strychnine For Their Health? What Does ‘English Beef and Brawn’ Mean? What Are Land Smocks? Spill Vases? Patience Cards? What Did Agatha Christie Think Of Jews? How Did A 25-Year-Old Woman Create One Of Mystery’s Greatest Detectives? Best-selling mystery writer Agatha... show more
Why Would People Drink Strychnine For Their Health? What Does ‘English Beef and Brawn’ Mean? What Are Land Smocks? Spill Vases? Patience Cards? What Did Agatha Christie Think Of Jews? How Did A 25-Year-Old Woman Create One Of Mystery’s Greatest Detectives? Best-selling mystery writer Agatha Christie created intricate stories of murder and mayhem that have enchanted readers worldwide. Bill Peschel, author of The Complete, Annotated Whose Body? (by Dorothy L. Sayers) and Writers Gone Wild, illuminates the obscure references in Christie’s debut novel and tells the fascinating stories behind it and its creator. The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles contains: * Nearly 500 footnotes describing words, idioms, people, places and contemporary events. * Essays on Christie’s life and the world of Styles. * A detailed chronology of her life and work. * Lists of her novels and short-story collections, organized by year of publication and by detective. * A bibliography of resources, including books about Christie that will delight fans. “Though this may be the first published book of Miss Agatha Christie, she betrays the cunning of an old hand.” — The New York Times, Dec. 26, 1920
Publish date: April 26th 2013
Publisher: Peschel Press
Pages no: 370
Edition language: English
Series: Hercule Poirot (#1)
This was fun! Poirot seemed awfully subdued at first, but before long he was back to primping and excitedly twisting his mustaches. Lots of misdirection, and I suspected every single character at one time, and was *still* surprised at whodunnit. But it was not a cheat! Only 2 complaints: one is that...
Christie starts not with a crime but with people—the narrator, Hastings, and his friendship with John Cavendish. Each person she introduces is vivid, whether likeable or not, eccentric or conventional, and enough of the characters are likeable that she makes sure the reader cares what happens. There...
Now more than 100 years old, "The Mysterious Affair At Styles" still feels modern, partly because of its playful tone and partly because it redefined the whodunnit. I read my first Agatha Christie book two years ago, starting at the wrong end of both Christie's and Poirot's career with "Elephants...
After reading Murder on the Orient Express last fall I decided to start at the beginning and read the whole series. I found this story pretty scattered and frustrating at times. Hastings seems to be really dumb. His sole purpose seems to be to have someone dumb for Poirot to explain things to. He wo...
My introduction to the mystery genre came not in the form of a traditional novel, but a visual novel called Umineko. A rather large part of Umineko centers around a murder mystery sometimes involving a locked-room. I read somewhere that the said VN draws a lot of inspiration from Agatha Christie's A...