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Friday, April 5, 2013

Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Title: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre:Murder Mystery, Detective

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Synopsis from author's website:
Invalided home from the First World War, Lieutenant Hastings finds himself in a convalescent home very much to his disliking.  Thankfully his old friend John Cavendish invites him to spend the rest of his sick leave at his family home.  The beautiful Styles Court is home to John’s step mother Mrs Inglethorpe, and her new husband Alfred.  Despite the tranquil surroundings Hastings begins to realise that all is not right.  When Mrs Inglethorpe is found poisoned a murder investigation begins, and who better to investigate than war refugee Hercule Poirot, a retired Belgian detective. 
Christie’s favourite review of this, her first book, was from the Pharmaceutical Journal, which praised, “this detective story for dealing with poisons in a knowledgeable way, and not with the nonsense about untraceable substances that so often happens.  Miss Agatha Christie knows her job.”  It was adapted for television with David Suchet as Poirot in 1990.

I just read this as an audio book on my recent road trip to my son's house. It was perfectly timed for a 4 hr. drive over and 4 hr. drive back.  This was the first Hercule Poirot mystery and we find out how he met Hastings and Inspector Japp. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A wonderful cast of characters, as always in a Christie book. A lot of info on poisons and a really good who dunnit. I really couldn't make up my mind who it was, but in the end it was not the one that I was leaning towards. A special treat about the copy I 'read' was David Suchet was the reader! If your not a Christie fan you will be after you read this!


  1. Agatha Christie is just the best! What a great way to spend your travel time.

    1. My car still has just a cassette deck so its hard to find books I can listen to. Next car is having a CD player no matter what!

  2. I so enjoyed reading this first meeting of Poirot. I wrote about it here:


    1. Thanks for posting your book report link Nan!


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