The Mysterious Affair at Styles Paperback
Part of the Poirot series
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 04/06/2001
- Category: Classic crime
- ISBN: 9780007119271
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Review by fist
This first Hercule Poirot mystery hasn't aged all that well. The author's acerbic social observations and ironic humour are still absent here . The country house setting is clichéd, the characters are made of cardboard and the occasional racist comments directed at blacks and jews may have been fine in 1920, but are positively jarring today. If you plan to read your way through all of Agatha Christie's detective stories, this is one for the bottom of the pile.
Review by JoS.Wun
Just what you'd expect from a Poirot mystery. A regular whodunnit!
Review by Condorena
This is the first of the famed Agatha Christie's book written in 1920. It takes place during The Great War and Hastings the narrator has just been invalided out as he called it. He goes to stay with a friend at a old estate known as Styles. It is here that Hastings first takes on his role as the famed ex- Belgian policeman Hercule Poirot's Watson.<br/><br/>After Hastings spent a few weeks the estate the matriarch of the Cavendish family succumbs to poisoning. Fortunately Poirot is living near the estate as part of an exiled group of Belgians that had been aided by the murder victim and he begins to become the caricature he later exemplifies. A mustache twirling, little grey cell using Sherlock.<br/><br/>The tale twists and flips with Poirot putting the small puzzle pieces together all the while a Perry Mason style court case has already begun. It is an illustrious beginning to a long career until his final adventure written in 1975 named CURTAIN
Review by Helenliz
This is the novel that introduces Poirot to the world. he's called in to investigate the poisoning of the lady of Styles Hall. And there are a host of suspects to wade through. We also meet Hastings, who's convalescing after a war wound of some description. This is one of the few Poirot books that i can think of that is set in a particular time period. Most of them seem to be set in some fuzzy period between the two wars, whereas this is clearly set during WW1. It has its twists & turns and at times Poirot is more concerned with playing the role of Cupid than detective, but it's non the worse for that. Not a book I've read before (I always preferred Miss Marple as a teenager), but there's not much wrong with it.
Review by martensgirl
This was a passable mystery; it seems so very similar to Christie's other books, except that it has a very convoluted plot.
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