The Mysterious Affair at Styles

September 11, 2017 - Comment

The intense interest aroused in the public by what was known at the time as “The Styles Case” has now somewhat subsided. Nevertheless, in view of the world-wide notoriety which attended it, I have been asked, both by my friend Poirot and the family themselves, to write an account of the whole story. This, we

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The intense interest aroused in the public by what was known at the time as “The Styles Case” has now somewhat subsided. Nevertheless, in view of the world-wide notoriety which attended it, I have been asked, both by my friend Poirot and the family themselves, to write an account of the whole story. This, we trust, will effectually silence the sensational rumours which still persist. I will therefore briefly set down the circumstances which led to my being connected with the affair. I had been invalided home from the Front; and, after spending some months in a rather depressing Convalescent Home, was given a month’s sick leave. Having no near relations or friends, I was trying to make up my mind what to do, when I ran across John Cavendish. I had seen very little of him for some years. Indeed, I had never known him particularly well. He was a good fifteen years my senior, for one thing, though he hardly looked his forty-five years. As a boy, though, I had often stayed at Styles, his mother’s place in Essex. We had a good yarn about old times, and it ended in his inviting me down to Styles to spend my leave there. “The mater will be delighted to see you again–after all those years,” he added. “Your mother keeps well?” I asked. “Oh, yes. I suppose you know that she has married again?”

Comments

Bailey says:

5-Star Book, Kindle Edition Does Not Include Images The product description of this Kindle book states that it includes the maps, diagrams, and other graphical information mentioned in the text. I now realize that this description must be acut-and-paste from a desctiption of the paper book. The Kindle edition does not include the graphics, will fragments, etc. 

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…

K. Ingram says:

Misleading to call it Illustrated There are illustrations needed to understand portions of this book. I (wrongly) assumed that an illustrated version would include those diagrams, etc. It does not. Instead, there is a stock photo at the end of each chapter showing the English countryside. To call this “illustrated” based on that is false and misleading.

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