The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1) by Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)

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.

Details The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)

TitleThe Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
Release DateOct 21st, 2002
Number of pages294 pages
GenreMystery, Fiction, Classics, Crime, Detective

Reviews The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)

  • mark monday
    Choose Your Own Adventure!You are Captain Arthur Hastings, and you are slowly falling in love with a Belgian. The feelings are embarrassing at first; you find the Belgian himself to be quite an embarrassment. But there is just something about him. Could it be his suave, continental sense of humor... his keen sense of justice... his shapely, rubenesque figure? Or is it simply his hypnotic mustache, perhaps? The passion develops in fits and starts....
  • j
    "Dear me, Poirot," I said with a sigh, "I think you have explained everything! And how wonderful of you to wait until page 230 to finally shed light on all your absurd behavior throughout the book, and to justify and the red herrings and narrative padding! But of course, it could only be so in the classic style of a fiendish murder mystery! Why, in fact, though this is but the first case we have solved together, I have no doubt we could do the ex...
  • Araz Goran
    أجاثا كريستي ~ القضية الغامضة في مدينة ستايلزالظهور الأول للشيطان العبقري " بوراو "..رواية معقدة، مرهقة، مليئة بالمفاجأت والتقلبات الغريبة، في كل لحضة يتجه عقلك وتفكيرك نحو أحد المشتبه بهم (وهم كُثر) ، ولا داعي للحرج عندما تكون مخطئاً في كل مرة.. لا ت...
  • Kirsty
    How did I go for so long without reading an Agatha Christie?! I wish I'd picked one up sooner! I figured my first read should be the first book published (I have an OCDish need to read books in order) and I have to say that this is a fantastic debut novel. Most authors' work gets better with time - if Christie gets better than this then I have some treats in store!Long story cut short:- Mrs Inglethorp, the old lady owner of Styles Court, suffers ...
  • Lawyer
    The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Meeting Hercule PoirotDame Agatha Christie was born Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller on 15 September 1890 in Torquay, Devon, South West England and lived a very full life until her death by natural causes on 12 January 1976. During those eighty-five years the lady published sixty-six novels and fourteen short story collections, becoming the best selling author in history, outsold only by the Bible. Agatha Christie a...
  • Dannii Elle
    This is the first installment in the Hecule Poirot series and was just as brilliant as every other detective book I have read by the undoubted Queen of crime fiction!The novel is set in an English manor house, Styles, owned by the the Cavendish family. Hastings, our protagonist, is staying with the family in their regal abode when the unexpected and inexplicable murder of Emily Cavendish (or the more recently referred to, Emily Inglethorpe) occur...
  • Jason Koivu
    Thus begins the sleuthing adventures of that diminutive Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot!The setting is an English country manor house during World War I. The lady of the house has a will, potentially multiple wills, and just about everybody at the house has some reason for wishing her dead, or at least suspecting the others with vehement certitude. Nearly everyone's got a motive and red herrings are flying about the place like, well, lik...
  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    I have a goal to read all of Poirot's stuff - order isn't terribly important for this type of 'series', but I don't want to touch his final act and book, Curtain, until I've read the others. Just an OCD reader thing.The mystery itself was baffling (closed room rocks), but I didn't care much until the surprising end about the culprit. It's hard to explain why, but maybe because the characters didn't draw me in much, besides the main detective Poir...
  • Debbie Zapata
    This was the book that started it all for Agatha Christie, according to the wiki article about her. It certainly was the book that started it all for Hercule Poirot and his friend Hastings. I have never read much of Christie's work, and chose this title for my Literary Birthday challenge for that very reason. I have seen episodes of both Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple on television in the past so it was very easy to picture our famous detective a...
  • Jadranka
    "Tajanstveni događaj u Stajlsu" je pisan prepoznatljivim stilom Agate Kristi, a značajan je iz najmanje dva razloga:ovo je roman prvenac Kraljice detektivskih romana i ujedno putem njega Agata nas upoznaje sa jednim od najpoznatijih književnih likova uopšte - reč je naravno o belgijskom detektivu Herkulu Poarou. Zaleđinu za lik simpatičnog detektiva pronašla je u okolnosti da su u njen rodni grad stigle izbeglice iz Belgije koje su traži...
  • Brenda
    When Hastings was visiting friends at Styles Court in Essex he had no idea what was about to happen. The shock the death of the elderly owner of the property caused was such that there were many suspects. Hastings quickly found his old friend Detective Hercule Poirot, who was also visiting town, and asked him to become involved. After all, the little Frenchman was well-known for his ability to solve even the most mysterious of mysteries.But would...
  • Sean
    The Mysterious Affair at Styles was a fun quick read. This book is Agatha Christie’s first published novel and the first to feature the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Beloved by many for being a completely pompous prig, this character launched Christie’s career and ultimately resulted in her books being the most widely read in history selling millions of copies. This author, perhaps being outsold only by Shakespeare or the Bible, ha...
  • Donna
    Who murdered Mrs. Inglethorp? That was the question in this book, the first I've ever read by Agatha Christie. There was no shortage of suspects, even though the elderly Mrs. Inglethorp wasn't a bad person and was even charitable, though not someone loved by those closest to her since she made them beholden to her. The murder occurred while a friend of the family was in residence, a Mr. Arthur Hastings, who just so happened to know a famous, thou...
  • Carol
    When I picked up this book, I was pleased to find out it was Agatha Christie's very first novel written in 1920. I had always wanted to read one of her Detective Hercule Poirot murder mysteries, and this one did not disappoint (once I got into it). Poirot, with his diminutive stance, egg shaped head and mustache is quite a peculiar and entertaining character and his young friend Captain Arthur Hasting's (who narrates the story) is honest to a fau...
  • Pooja
    It was my first try on Agatha Christie novel, 3 years back, It was so annoying to see her books in my friends' hands. That time, despite being known about her fame, I didn't think I'll read her someday and will be left in awe. I confess that I felt for it's attractive cover, and the friend, from whom I borrowed it, didn't read it, she just bought it, and there is nothing as exiting and adventurous as to read the books before their owners!So, as t...
  • Rebecca
    Actual Rating: 3.5My first Agatha Christie novel! It was an interesting read and I struggled to put it down. Until the end, I'd probably have given it 3 stars but I loved how it all came together. Very clever. I'm looking forward to reading more - I have a small selection of Hercule Poirot books and I'll be working through them in publication order.
  • Allison
    I very much enjoyed my first Agatha Christie experience. Poirot is a fun character, and I'm looking forward to reading more mysteries featuring him. I enjoyed how the narrator kept doubting Poirot and jumping at the same conclusions that I wanted to jump at, which told me how much I was missing. It turns out all the pieces were there, I just forgot about some of them, or didn't see how they fit together. It's always fun to read a mystery where I ...
  • Susan
    Not one of my favorites, too many uninteresting characters. I found it hard for my mind not to wonder, but struggled through to the end.
  • Joudy
    Hastings, why should I be the hypocrite? To blush when I am praised and say, like you, It is nothing. I have the order ,the method, and the psychology. There, I admit , I am the best. I am Hercule Poirot.Poirot* The Mystery of the Spanish Chest.I read my first Agatha Christie`s mystery when I was twelve years old, and I got on , Read everything I could lay hands on back then, I must`ve read about twenty of them , So I kind of grew out of them and...
  • BrokenTune
    The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Christies first published book and is most notable for one thing: it is the first of the Poirot books and explains the background between the famous friendship between the Belgian detective and Captain Hasting.Hastings is on medical leave in Essex during the First World War and by chance bumps into an old friend of his - Poirot. Poirot is a refugee and managed to settle near his friend, Emily Inglethorp, who ow...
  • Amy (shoutame)
    This is the first book in the Hecule Poirot series by Agatha Christie, I cannot tell you how much I love me some Poirot!Although this is the first in the series it's not actually the first Poirot book I have read...I seem to be reading them way out of order, but I don't think this matters too much as each story is complete in itself and could be read as a standalone.- So in Poirot's first case we see him settle into a home in England, helped out ...
  • Ayman Gomaa
    اول تجربة مع ملكة الروايات البوليسية :) بعد قراءة كثير من الروايات البوليسية يتملكك الغرور انك تستطيع التخمين القاتل و السر فى نهاية الرواية او على الاقل تشك باحد الافراد و لكن اجاثا كريسيتى غير اى روائى ءxDرواية مشوقة و اول تجربة مع المفتش بوارو ال...
  • Lisa
    I had never read the introduction of the character of Hercule Poirot before. I was actually quite engrossed for a very brief period, as the book was short enough, but my love of Inspector Poirot shall continue to the day I die....and hopefully, if I am murdered, someone equally as interesting will solve it!
  • Bill Kerwin
    The first Poirot. Everybody has a motive, everyone acts suspiciously--and the customary floor plans are provided.
  • Vanessa
    My first little romp into the world of Agatha Christie, it was a quick cosy read but more than that it was fun. Poirot is indeed an interesting character, a peculiar little man who seems to be able to see clues where no one else can, this book threw up so many red herrings I gave up trying to figure out who the killer was and just let Poirot do all the hard work for me haha. I have a library full of Agatha Christie books donated to me so it was h...
  • Carmen
    The first Hercule Poirot mystery. Agatha Christie is stunning, as usual. This time, the Belgian detective must solve the murder of an elderly matriarch. The story is narrated by Hastings, a good friend of Poirot. I found myself a bit frustrated with him – he comes off as rather dense. He and Poirot have the same clues, but his misses obvious meanings and insinuations given by the clues. Now, don't get me wrong, I (as the reader) had all the clu...
  • Kevin Cambronero
    Un fuerte aplauso para Agatha Christie.Me encantó. Está escrito de una forma que lo hace muy sencillo y rápido de leer, aparte de que es sumamente adictivo. No sé cómo no había leído nada de esta mujer antes.Preguntas, preguntas y preguntas que parecen no tener respuesta, ser callejones sin salida; empiezas a desconfiar de todo el mundo, cada personaje parece culpable; el ambiente está cargado de intranquilidad y zozobra. Genial. No qued...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    I may not have given this such a high rating had it not been the first book by Christie I read. All the red herrings, the people with multiple motives, dubious alibis and fortuitous coincidences (which I later came to know are her trademarks) are there; and in the end, the literary sleight of hand which pulls the least suspected person out of the hat as the murderer. Dame Agatha has used the same technique of diverting attention from the actual m...
  • Amy
    A delightful read! A nice tidy mystery with plenty of real characters and of course, Hercule Poirot. My favorite part of the book was definitely the characters. Christie was able to create a large cast, each with their own distinct personalities and eccentricities. Even though the novel is rather slim, there weren't any short-cuts taken and no loose threads, which I appreciated. I've already gotten the next two books to read!
  • Kasia
    I have read many Agatha Christie novels since I was a teenager, there is something charming and intelligent and witty about them, with this novel I finally got to read the one that started it all. Book one was actually quite good, I was entranced the whole time I was reading it, the story appears to be quite simple and the obvious is suddenly questioned, the suspect count rises and the real murderer slithers unnoticed, that is until the little Be...