The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Agatha Christie’s first ever murder mystery. With impeccable timing Hercule Poirot, the renowned Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance on to the English crime stage. Recently, there had been some strange goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, constant companion to old Mrs Inglethorp, had... show more
Agatha Christie’s first ever murder mystery.
With impeccable timing Hercule Poirot, the renowned Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance on to the English crime stage.
Recently, there had been some strange goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, constant companion to old Mrs Inglethorp, had stormed out of the house muttering something about ‘a lot of sharks’. And with her, something indefinable had gone from the atmosphere. Her presence had spelt security; now the air seemed rife with suspicion and impending evil.
A shattered coffee cup, a splash of candle grease, a bed of begonias… all Poirot required to display his now legendary powers of detection.
Publish date: 2010-10-14
Pages no: 120
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...
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...
This was my last read of 2017 and my first ever Agatha Christie. Loved it!