The Mysterious Affair at Styles

August 5, 2017 - Comment

Styles was Agatha Christie’s first published novel. It introduced Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings. Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When

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Styles was Agatha Christie’s first published novel. It introduced Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings. Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery. This is also the setting of Curtain, Poirot’s last case.

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Hal Jordan says:

Christie begins the Hercule Poirot saga with a bang Agatha Christie wrote this book — supposedly after a dare by a relative — in 1916, although it wasn’t published until 1920. It was her first novel and introduced Hercule Poirot, the retired Belgian detective who was to star in many of her later novels and short stories. All of the hallmarks of Christie’s later books are evident here: In addition to Poirot, we have narration by Arthur Hastings — at this point only a lieutenant rather than a captain, as he later was — who right from the…

P. Penwood says:

Classic Christie Meet Hercule Poirot. This is the story that introduces Christie’s most represented character. Poirot is certainly one of the most preferred of her characters and Christie returns to to him many times over. This mystery occurs in a slower part of the countryside, where the recent Great War is still felt. We also meet Captain Hastings here, recuperating from wounds received is the war, visiting with the family of an old friend. His friend lives with his wife in the home of his mother, her…

CC Thomas says:

A Funny Poirot This book is a bit different from other Christie’s that I have read in that the detective, Poirot, doesn’t appear until several chapters in and almost seems to be a secondary character. It’s a point of view that I found intriguing, and hilarious! 

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