The Mysterious Affair at Styles

August 24, 2017 - Comment

Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was the result of a dare from her sister Madge who challenged her to write a story. The story begins when Hastings is sent back to England from the First World War due to injury and is invited to spend his sick leave at the beautiful

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Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was the result of a dare from her sister Madge who challenged her to write a story. The story begins when Hastings is sent back to England from the First World War due to injury and is invited to spend his sick leave at the beautiful Styles Court by his old friend John Cavendish. Here, Hastings meets John’s step-mother, Mrs Inglethorpe, and her new husband, Alfred. Despite the tranquil surroundings Hastings begins to realize that all is not right. When Mrs Inglethorpe is found poisoned, suspicion falls on the family, and another old friend, Hercule Poirot, is invited to investigate.

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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! 

Magnifying Glass says:

Emily’s Household The wealthy Mrs. Emily Inglethorp is the center of her universe. On her estate, the Styles, there is, of course, her husband Alfred. Actually he is her second husband; her first husband had passed on, leaving her with his estate and two sons: Lawrence and John. Both are grown up now, but are still living with her. 

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