The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Hardback Book

The Mysterious Affair at Styles Hardback

Part of the Poirot series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 296 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780007265138

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This is the first book Agatha Christie published and the one that introduced Hercule Poirot to the world. The story was inspired by her experiences working at the Torbay Dispensary during WWI and of all the criticisms that could be thrown at her stories, no one could accuse her of not knowing her poisons. This is especially true of this book where an understanding of how two chemical compounds interact is key to solving the murder. But this book uses two of Christie's key devices, misdirection and the assembling of all the suspects for the denouement. Wonderful

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This is the first in the Poirot series. A fun, relaxing read. Complex twists and turns with lots of humor. However, if you are looking for character development, this may not be the book for you. Still, I am glad I read it.