The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles

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Why Would People Drink Strychnine For Their Health? What Does ‘English Beef and Brawn’ Mean? What Are Land Smocks? Spill Vases? Patience Cards? What Did Agatha Christie Think Of Jews? How Did A 25-Year-Old Woman Create One Of Mystery’s Greatest Detectives? Best-selling mystery writer Agatha Christie created intricate stories of murder and mayhem that have

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Why Would People Drink Strychnine For Their Health? What Does ‘English Beef and Brawn’ Mean? What Are Land Smocks? Spill Vases? Patience Cards? What Did Agatha Christie Think Of Jews? How Did A 25-Year-Old Woman Create One Of Mystery’s Greatest Detectives? Best-selling mystery writer Agatha Christie created intricate stories of murder and mayhem that have enchanted readers worldwide. Bill Peschel, author of The Complete, Annotated Whose Body? (by Dorothy L. Sayers) and Writers Gone Wild, illuminates the obscure references in Christie’s debut novel and tells the fascinating stories behind it and its creator. The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles contains: * Nearly 500 footnotes describing words, idioms, people, places and contemporary events. * Essays on Christie’s life and the world of Styles. * A detailed chronology of her life and work. * Lists of her novels and short-story collections, organized by year of publication and by detective. * A bibliography of resources, including books about Christie that will delight fans. “Though this may be the first published book of Miss Agatha Christie, she betrays the cunning of an old hand.” — The New York Times, Dec. 26, 1920

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