The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Poirot's First Case

Large Print - 2014
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"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, a British country manor, is home to John's stepmother Mrs. Inglethorp, and her new husband, Alfred. Despite the tranquil surroundings, Hastings begins to realize that all is not right. When Mrs. Inglethorp is found poisoned a murder investigation begins. Anybody, including her husband, her stepsons, her daughter-in-law, the young protegee or the mysterious doctor, could be the murderer." -- From back of book.
Publisher: Thorndike, ME : Center Point Large Print, 2014.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781611739541
Characteristics: 316 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Sep 15, 2020

This is the book that started it all. This is the first Hercule Poirot full length novel that was originally published in 1926. Captain Hastings meeting up with Hercule Poirot to solve their first case together. Well, it's really Poirot that does the solving. The story is told from Captain Hastings' perspective. This first Poirot mystery has all the ingredients of a locked room mystery. As other reviewers have noted, there are lots of twists and turns which I believe helped make this a very satisfying mystery. HIghly recommended.

Aug 23, 2020

Age rating: 10+
The wealthy Emily Inglethorp has been murdered - poisoned by a deadly dose of strychnine - and renowned detective Hercule Poirot, with his accomplice Arthur Hastings, is on the case.
The mystery is a puzzling one - for who could have entered and escaped her room when the door was locked? Was it her devoted husband, her two stepchildren, her short-tempered but faithful housekeeper, or the dainty young nurse who works at a close-by hospital dispensary?
This is Agatha Christie’s very first Hercule Poirot novel: The Mysterious Affair at Styles. With plot-twists and surprises on every page, this book is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Can Poirot uncover the bitter truth?

Jul 30, 2020

It was so interesting to read this first Agatha Christie novel and to be introduced to Hercule Poirot for the first time! I liked reading how Agatha unwinds a mystery: good detective work!

Feb 25, 2020

Christie's first, and indeed one of her very best.
Found the murderer, unlocked locked doors, reconciled a marriage on the rocks, arrested a German spy, played cupid to lovers who were blind. What a story!
What is a spill vase?!? VITAL to know!!!

Dec 08, 2019

Fans of Hercule Poirot will enjoy the debut of his quirky yet brilliant Belgian character in this book. An interesting murder mystery with multiple twists and turns, just what you would expect from Dame Agatha Christie. The only cons: there is some racially and ethnically insensitive language that is inappropriate to the modern ear, and in this particular edition there were quite a few typographical errors.

Jun 01, 2019

Poirot's first mystery; it's really good.

Sep 20, 2018

5 stars for all Agatha Cristie!

Sep 12, 2018

In "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" by Agatha Christie, an intriguing tale of murder and deception is brought to life by the first appearance of Christie's most renowned detective Hercule Poirot. Taking place in 1916 during World War I, Poirot is a Belgium detective who is aided in escaping Belgium by Mrs. Inglethorpe. (It is interesting to note that the character of Hercule Poirot was inspired from Christie's personal experience with Belgium refugees during WWI) Poirot finds himself being called upon by Mr. Hastings when it is found that Mrs. Inglethorpe has passed away due to what is believed to be foul play. Christie outlines over a handful of characters that could be possible murder suspects, and continually adds to the initial details she gives for each character concerning their actions leading up to and after the murder. Christie carefully gives clues and information away a piece at a time which culminate into many surprises and twists that keeps the pages turning and the suspense level high as there is not a foresee-ably predictable end in sight. Hercule Poirot is a cunningly humorous and wise detective who garners support from both the reader and characters in the book as it is easy to want to root for him to bring it all together in the end. Overall, this novel not only represents the first appearance of Hercule Poirot, it also represents Agatha Christie's first published work which was in production for over five years before its first publication in 1920. Mystery novel fans and non-fans alike owe it to themselves to read this gem of a story that stands the test of time in providing an entertaining and engaging story which introduces the beloved character of Hercule Poirot in Christie's debut success.

Aug 27, 2018

As one of Ms. Christie's beginning novels, this was very well-written. However it was a bit long and the result of the mystery did not reflect upon the amount of work Poirot put in. Still enjoyed the book and love Agatha Christie!

May 04, 2018

I made a commitment to read all of Christie's Poirot novels in chronological order. This being the first in the series, as well as the only Christie novel I have ever read, here is my takeaway:

--There is a very large and often times confusing cast of characters. While they are all given brief introductions in the beginning, I actually had to pull up a list of their names and descriptions online in order to keep them straight.
--The same could be said for the massive layout of the interior of Style as well as the town. Christie was kind enough to include a map of Styles, but I disliked having to constantly flip back several pages in order to understand a reference that was made later in the book.
--Poirot uses French words and phrases continually in his dialogue, and I constantly had to use Google Translate in order to discern what he meant.
--On top of the French language, several old, European, and medical terms are used throughout the entire novel, and I would not have been able to understand or enjoy the book as much without the help of the internet.
--Poirot's over observance and ability to deduce every minute detail comes off as ridiculous and unrealistic at times. While I understand that he is a fictional character, I wish that Christie had made him more human and relatable.
--The novel being told from the viewpoint of Hastings versus Poirot was frustrating at times, as I did not always understand Poirot's reasonings and reactions until the VERY end of the novel. Instead of being suspenseful, I found it drawn out and annoying to be left in the dark for so long.

--The overall storyline is fantastic and memorable. As a huge fan of murder mysteries, the many twists and turns did not disappoint.
--I learned several new French words and phrases.
--Poirot is thorough and explains in great detail every twist and turn. You are not left to wonder why certain characters could not have committed the crime or how every piece of evidence fits before moving onto another theory. When it is finally revealed whodunnit, no stone is left unturned.
--Usually when watching mystery TV Shows/Movies or reading suspense novels, I am able to deduce early on whom the culprit(s) is. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of this novel, as I was completely off base--but overall satisfied and happier with Christie's ending.
--A quick read, one that I would enjoy reading again in the future and seeing live action adaptions.

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May 20, 2020

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May 28, 2019

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Mar 13, 2014

Violence: Well, it is a murder mystery.. This one is not very violent, but you should still look out for some unnecessary details perhaps.

Mar 13, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: When the victim is dying!


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