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Author: Agatha Christie
ISBN: 0062073915
Language: English
Pages: 272 pages
Category: Thrillers & Suspense
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (October 30, 2012)
Rating: 4.3
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Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was written towards the end of World War I (during which she served in the Voluntary Aid Detachments)

Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was written towards the end of World War I (during which she served in the Voluntary Aid Detachments). In it she created Hercule Poirot, the little Belgian investigator who was destined to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. After having been rejected by a number of houses, The Mysterious Affair at Styles was eventually published by The Bodley Head in 1920. In 1926, now averaging a book a year, Agatha Christie wrote her masterpiece.

Part of Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie. Produced by Charles Keller, David Widger and Martin Witzenburg. The mysterious affair at styles. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13. Chapter I. I go to styles chapter II. The 16TH and 17TH of july chapter III. The night of the tragedy chapter IV. Poirot investigates chapter V. "IT Isn't strychnine, is IT?" Chapter VI. The inquest chapter VII. Poirot pays his debts chapter VIII. Fresh suspicions chapter IX. Dr. bauerstein chapter X. the arrest chapter XI. The case for the prosecution chapter XII.

Despite the name of the book being 'The Mysterious Affair At Styles' the word 'the' is, for some reason, left out. - There are no page numbers. All of the text in the book is center aligned which is kind of awkward to look at or read and can cause some confusion as to where paragraphs begin and end.

This is the Agatha Christie book that started it all-the sublime introduction of her master sleuth, Hercule Poirot, and his now legendary powers of detection

First published in 1920, The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Agatha Christie's first .

First published in 1920, The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Agatha Christie's first novel. It introduced the world to Hercule Poirot, Christie's Belgian detective, who would go on to be featured in 39 of her novels. The mystery begins with the death of Emily Inglethorp at Styles, a manor in the English countryside. Captain Hastings, a guest at the house, calls upon his friend Poirot to help investigate. The obvious suspect is Emily's husband, who stood to inherit a large fortune upon her death.

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Christie first published The Mysterious Affair at Styles in 1921 and the book has . This is the first book starring the world famous Hercule Poirot and his friend Hastings.

Christie first published The Mysterious Affair at Styles in 1921 and the book has stood the test of time. Agatha Christie did not start out as a Master of the mystery genre, but she persisted and went on to solve some difficult literary problems with the genre via her books – literary problems that had even stumped the illustrious Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Specifically, the problem with introducing too many clues that end up canceling each other out). Poirot is an eccentric detective from Belgium who fled to England during WWI.

I. I go to styles II. The 16TH and 17TH of july III. The night of the tragedy IV. Poirot investigates V. "IT Isn't strychnine, is IT?" VI. The inquest VII. Poirot pays his debts VIII. I Go to styles. The intense interest aroused in the public by what was known at the time as "The Styles Case" has now somewhat subsided.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by British writer Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by British writer Agatha Christie. It was written in the middle of the First World War, in 1916, and first published by John Lane in the United States in October 1920 and in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head (John Lane's UK company) on 21 January 1921. Styles was Christie's first published novel. It introduced Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings

Hercule Poirot - The Mystery of the Blue Train. Poirot’s friend Hastings puts us straight in the picture in their first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, where we’re informed that as a detective, Poirot’s flair had been extraordinary.

Hercule Poirot - The Mystery of the Blue Train. About Hercule Poirot. Hercule Poirot: the world-renowned, moustachioed Belgian private detective, unsurpassed in his intelligence and understanding of the criminal mind, respected and admired by police forces and heads of state across the globe.

Hercule Poirot solves his first case in the Agatha Christie novel that started it all, now in a fully restored edition that features a “missing chapter” along with commentary from Christie expert John Curran.

Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorp and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom? Suspects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Mary—from the heiress's fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary.

With impeccable timing, and making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the case.


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Just a word of caution if it matters to anyone, but this publication is presented in a book that is as big as a notebook (like 8.5x11). It's also missing diagrams that are mentioned in the book. If I somehow missed the measurements then that's on me...but I never thought I had to think about it.
My comments are not about the novel, but about this Kindle edition....the diagrams and pictures which are apparently critical to solving the puzzle are missing. I am only 25% of the way in, but have already missed 4 drawings - 2 diagrams of the layout, a picture of a clue fragment, etc., which Christie felt were important to include. I peeked at the end to see if they were there, and there is a photo of Christie and other info, but not the missing clues. I'd recommend trying one of the other editions.
First I would like to say the this book, like all of Christie's work, is phenomenal. I debated for a long time as to how to rate this book. My reason for rating this only 1 star is to warn other potential readers that this version has some major flaws. There are at least a dozen times where sentences are repeated, which in and of itself is not so bad. However, there are just as many if not more times where all or most of a sentence is missing. It's very confusing to come across a random word or to have a detail referred to, only to go back and discover that original detail is not there. I am sure there will be folks who are ticked off by this review but if I had known this before purchasing I would have looked for a different version.
This is the second Hercule Poirot book that I have read, and-actually-the first that Agatha Christie wrote. I love Hercule Poirot's thoughtful way of approaching "suspects" and the simple way that he seems to make hypothesis and prove and disprove his "little ideas" through questioning and common sense. In both stories I have read so far, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and The Halloween Party, there is another character trying to piece together the evidence and come up with a solution. Poirot leads them step by step, but neither is able to come up with the correct solution. I felt a little more confident with my ability in the Halloween Party than I did with Affair at Styles. I went down all kinds of garden paths on this one. Christie's writing style is very readable, and her sense of humor is marvelous. I can't wait to read more of her Poirot books. I think I am going to take notes on the next one I read, and see how many suspects I can prove or disprove!
If you’re an avid reader you’ll probably relate to this: that empty feeling you get after reading a really excellent book. You wander around, wondering if it will ever be possible to find another excellent book. You know that it might take you some time to find another really excellent book because there are lots of not-so-good books out there.

When I have that experience, I reach for an Agatha Christie novel.

I read my first Christie book back in the early 80s, when I was a teenager (the first Christie I read was “Curtain”, Christies last book). I’ve read them all several times over the years. I don’t read them because they are excellent (there are only a few I’d consider as a 5-star read). I read them because Christie was good at telling a story. Sure, some of her characterizations may be a little two-dimensional, and some of them are less interesting than others. But, still: Christie had a way of getting you to turn the pages.

I’ve decided that perhaps it is time for me to read Christie in order. Not that her series needs to be read in order, like many of the modern detective novels do. There’s little in the way of backstory for Poirot or Miss Marple, so there is really no need to read them in order. It’s more of an experiment, really: to watch her writing style, to see if it changes as she becomes more famous.

Hence, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles,” Dame Agatha’s first book, in which we meet the man who (thanks to David Suchet’s definitive portrayal) is now world famous: Hercule Poirot.

Poirot is a retired Belgian policeman, now a displaced refugee (the book was written, and takes place during the years of the First World War) who has only recently arrived in England, and is living in the village of Styles St. Mary. A chance encounter with an old friend, Hastings --who is staying at Styles Court, a guest of the Cavendish family – places Poirot on the scene for the first murder he’ll solve in England: the death of Emily Cavendish, the wealthy owner of Styles Court.

Compared to the more action-oriented plots of many of today’s mysteries, Christie’s tales are much more leisurely. In this story, the only real action is Poirot, dashing like a madman, trying to find a car to take him to London to search for more information. Other than that, the story unfolds at Styles Court.

Others have given more story details, so I’ll stick to the merits. First, and foremost, is Poirot. His characteristic egoism, his funny mannerisms, his little grey cells, all combine to make one of detective fiction’s most memorable characters. And, like the great Sherlock Holmes, Poirot has a sidekick in Hastings, the one who’s always a few steps behind, while thinking that perhaps Poirot has finally gotten too old. (As a side note: Hastings does not appear in all of the Poirot novels).

This story, like most of Christie’s tales involve a small handful of suspects, each with motive for murder and plenty of red-herrings. But in the end, Poirot proves that he still has what it takes to solve a complex, devious crime.
As I finished reading this book I was surprised that it didn’t feel dated. It reads more like historical fiction than a dated Cold War spy novel. Sure, there’s still servants, and not always a phone; cars and gas can be tough to come by. But, the overall feel of the story feels relatively timeless: love, revenge, hidden passions, and deep secrets never seem to age. It would take very little to change this to a tale set in the present day.

The story moves quickly, though there is a part in the middle where things seem to bog down a little, but, in a book that’s less than 300 pages long, the story picks up again.

One of the fascinating things about rereading Christie is seeing how good she was at dropping clues and of willfully misdirecting the reader along the way.

With the exception of Poirot’s last case, “Curtain”, there really is no need to read them in order, but, if you’re new to Christie, why not start with this one: the one that started it all.