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The Mysterious Affair at Styles



Set in the hotel of Styles Court in Styles, Essex County, England, this is Agatha Christie's first published novel featuring Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Arthur Hastings is a retired military captain who wants to stay in a peaceful country home, but discovers it is anything but peaceful.


An aging heiress, fatally poisoned; the door to her room locked from the inside, the charred remains of a will in her fireplace are some of the ingredients in this absorbing tale of murder, jealousy and greed. Agatha Christie's classic introduces Hercule Poirot, the brilliant and amazing Belgian detective.--Submitted by Anonymous


Agatha Christie takes us on a tumultuous journey of life in a chateau, with a quick indicting and an even quicker acquittal, love ensuing from an inflicted ordeal and of course the brilliant and scrupulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Told from the perspective of Mr. Hastings a war hero who adds and aide's to the Discovery of the true Criminal.--Submitted by Mahesh Hosamani


Well, the name Agatha Christie needs no introduction but surely the story does. It was her debut novel, a crime fiction in genre that paved the popularity of the Belgian detective, Mr Hercule Poirot. In the realm of detective fiction, this Poirot is definitely known for his queer and eccentric personality, baffling habits and ever-loved moustaches. Before plunging into the book, it is advisable to get a clear idea of how the concept of the character of the investigator emerged.....And happy reading and have a good day!--Submitted by Ananda Shankar

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Very unpredictable

To my mind, Agatha Christie is one of the most inventive and less predictable authors. As for “ The mysterious affair at Styles”, during all the reading I tried to guess who the murderer was (or the murderers). I suspected at first one character then another etc. The author had given many hints to reader, some of them I have understood, the others I have misinterpreted. One more thing I like: At first the behaviour of some characters seems absurd, but then occurs that every character has solid reasons to behave like that. It seems to me that the narrator, Hastings is alike Watson in Conan Doyle’s stories. Because both (Watson and Hastings) admire the talent of detective. And both are in the same situation: their friends-detectives didn’t tell them the details of crimes until the end. I like the image of Poirot, his attention and tolerance, wide knowledge, his love of order and neatness in everything. But I didn’t think that a detective can be so emotional.

A Long Time Favorite

Agatha Christie Was Amazing.I've Read Body In The Library And The Mirror Crack'd With Miss Marple,And Witness For The Prosecution,But My Favorite Was Poirot.I Own Them All And Have Many Favorites-And Then There Were None,5 Little Pigs,Murder On The Orient Express,The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd,Peril At End House,Curtain,Death On The Nile,Evil Under The Sun,Appointment With Death - Each One's Solution Was A Shock And A Pleasant Surprise.She And Stephen King Were My Favorites In High School And Just Out Of It.And I Am So Glad The Literature Network Has Included Her.(Any Plans For More Christie?)

Hercule Poirot

I find that Dame Agatha Christie is the greatest crime writer ever. Her ingenuity lies in her ability to surprise the reader each time with the real criminal. Her best book was "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" because the murderer is a BIG surprise. The character of Hercule Poirot is one of literature's greatest creations and his powers of deduction are SUPER. He is a more eccentric detective than Sherlock Holmes and I find him more amusing.

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I always really enjoyed Agatha Christie's books and her skill to write mystery. I have read many of her books, but I really liked the first one I read, And Then There Were None, formerly known as Ten Little Indians. Just recently, I read Curtain: Poirot's Last Case, which was a good book too, but the ending is quite sad, but it's still a good book. Another one of her books I liked was The Seven Dials Mystery, which was quite a twist at the end. Most of her books that I have read, I have forgotten, like Sleeping Murder. I personally think that her most boring book so far must be The Hound Of Death, which has twelve different stories, and most of them are boring and confusing, but some were good.

Big Four

I think that Agatha Christie is awesome. My favorite one of her detectives was Poirot because he uses his "little gray cells". I really liked Murder on the Orient Express though my favorite book by her was The Big Four.

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Agatha Christie is the greatest crime writer, that´s my opinion, too. She writes so mysteriously and the murders in her books are big surprises. I´ve read only The Mysterious Affair At Styles and The Curtain, but will read all her books, they really are the best ones in the crime scene.

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This was the first Agatha Christie novel I ever read... and I loved it! It kept me on my toes trying to guess who had done it. I like how she writes everything so clearly.

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I agree with the person who wrote on July 16, 2002. Agatha Christie is the best mystery writer ever and, though The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is very good, my favorite was the Sleeping Murder, and it too had a very big surprise murderer. Hercule Poirot is good, but I like Miss Marple better, too. And the couple books with Tuppence and (that other guy that I can't remember his name) were good too.

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The summary is very poor. Styles Court is a country house, not a hotel, and Hastings is in the Army, not the police. Both of these points are clearly made in the text, and if this is a sample of quality control here, it is lacking.
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Are you sure Styles Court is a hotel...? And Hastings a detective...?

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