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

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)

Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe, and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom? Suspects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Mary--from the heiress's fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary. Making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the case. The key to the success of this style of d...


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

TitleThe Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)
ISBN9780646418438
Author
Release DateOct 21st, 2002
PublisherDeodand
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Classics, Mystery, Crime, Detective, Thriller, Mystery Thriller
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Reviews The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)

  • mark monday
    2010-12-08
    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
    2010-06-22
    "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...
  • James
    2016-06-14
    If you've read my reviews before, you know I love mystery fiction, and in particular, the classics. Agatha Christie died in 1976, and I was born the following year. Two things come to mind... (1) It's a good thing I wasn't alive when she died because I would have been so miserable to be around. (2) Since I was born just about a year later, I'm wondering if maybe a small part of her lives on... as I love her genius and her works of literature... a...
  • Brina
    2018-02-19
    February has been a tough month for me this time around. I can't pinpoint it but there have been too many gray days even without the snow on the ground. Spring is mercifully around the corner and with it sun and happier reading times ahead. I tend to read mysteries as palette cleansers in between denser reads but at count I have read four mysteries this month and perhaps I can squeeze in another. In fact, February should be mystery month. On that...
  • Tina Haigler
    2018-04-19
    Ok. Let's get down to business. This is an old fashioned British mystery novel. So much information! Trying to keep it all straight in my head was extremely difficult. My brain was all over the place but that's what makes a good mystery, in my opinion. This is the first book starring the world famous Hercule Poirot and his friend Hastings. Poirot is an eccentric detective from Belgium who fled to England during WWI. Hastings is a little on the dr...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    2017-07-10
    ولأنه يوليو الساخن، والليالي الصيفية تحتاج إلى تشغيل الخلايا الصغيرة بالمخفقد انتقلنا إلى مدينة ستايلز لجريمة غامضةورواية أشهر محقق في تاريخ الأدب، هيركول بوارو، بل رواية أجاثا كريستي نفسها الأوليسيدة عجوز ثرية وبيت زوجها الراحل الريفي الكبير،...
  • Susan
    2017-12-11
    This is Agatha Christie’s debut novel, published in 1920, and the first featuring her detective, Hercule Poirot. By any standards it is an assured and well written debut novel and, considering the period it was written, it is also remarkably undated. Apparently, Agatha Christie was challenged by her sister to write a detective story, for which I am eternally grateful, as this was her offering. Like one of the characters in this novel, Agatha wo...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    2018-05-10
    4★‘What have I always told you? Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory—let the theory go.’ ‘Well, we shall see,’ I said, nettled.”Hercule Poirot, world-renowned Belgian detective extraordinaire, first arrived on the literary scene in 1920, in this, Agatha Christie’s very first book. He seems to have arrived fully formed, with all of his eccentricities and powerful “little grey” cells ready t...
  • Kirsty
    2008-04-10
    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 ...
  • Araz Goran
    2015-11-12
    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...
  • Duane
    2018-01-05
    This is the first published novel of Agatha Christie, and the first to feature her famous detective character, Hercule Poirot. So far this is my favorite Christie novel, but I have only read three which leaves me well short of knowing which are her best. The novel was narrated by Arthur Hastings, Mr. Poirot’s assistant, who seemed somewhat unreliable, and incapable of understanding the significance of any clue presented to him. I give it 3.5 st...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2009-04-23
    The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1), original publication year 1920Characters: Hercule Poirot, Inspector Japp, Arthur Hastings, John Cavendish, Emily Inglethorp, Alfred Inglethorp, Cynthia Murdoch, Mary Cavendish, Evie Howard, Lawrence Cavendish.Abstract: The famous case that launched the career of Hercule Poirot. When a wealthy heiress is murdered, Poirot steps out of retirement to find the killer. As the master detective makes h...
  • Lawyer
    2017-01-19
    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...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2017-11-07
    EXCERPT: We strained and heaved together. The framework of the door was solid, and for a long time it resisted our efforts, but at last we felt it give beneath our weight, and finally, with a resounding crash, it was burst open.We stumbled in together, Lawrence still holding his candle. Mrs. Inglethorp was lying on the bed, her whole form agitated by violent convulsions, in one of which she must have overturned the table beside her. As we entered...
  • Barbara
    2018-03-23
    I'm a long time Agatha Christie fan, and I recently decided to re-read some of her novels. ***** 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles' is Agatha Christie's first published book, and it's less sophisticated than her later work. The story does, however, introduce three well-known Christie characters: Hercule Poirot, Captain Hastings, and Inspector Japp. As the book opens Hastings has been injured in WWI and is recuperating at Styles Court, a manor hous...
  • Piyangie
    2018-03-26
    This is my first introduction to Agatha Christie. Having never read her before, I thought of starting her with the Poirot series which includes her famous detective, Hercule Poirot. The story is a cleverly written murder mystery with interesting twists and turns so as to not give out who the culprit is. The characters were all nice and likable. The eccentric Poirot (it seems detectives are rather eccentric people; Sherlock Holmes comes to my mind...
  • Dannii Elle
    2016-09-25
    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...
  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2011-10-08
    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...
  • Ayman Gomaa
    2017-01-11
    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 روائىة xDرواية مشوقة و اول تجربة مع المفتش بوارو ال...
  • Bill Kerwin
    2007-06-16
    The first Poirot. Everybody has a motive, everyone acts suspiciously--and the customary floor plans are provided.
  • Emma
    2017-11-27
    Well this was a nice surprise! I *don’t do* cosy mysteries, or at least not for several decades. I’ve read a few Christies in my time but it’s the tv series and films that I remember more. So I can’t really explain the urge I got to read one; several of my goodread friends regularly read or re-read them so maybe it was their influence! So I started right at the beginning. I fought liking it for the first few chapters and then just gave in...
  • Jason Koivu
    2017-02-24
    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...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    2017-12-06
    *3.5/5
  • Jadranka
    2015-02-09
    "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...
  • abby
    2017-04-19
    This was Agatha's Christie's first novel, and, as such, I was prepared for it to be a bit rough, but this was delightful. Maybe it seems odd to use such a cheery word to describe a murder mystery, but, let's face it, Christie's books are like dinner theater. The actor who plays the victim will pop out from behind the curtain very much alive when all is said and done.Mrs. Inglethorp raised her two stepsons as her own, but there are tensions betwee...
  • Debbie Zapata
    2015-09-20
    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...
  • Brenda
    2016-10-15
    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
    2012-04-06
    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...
  • Mwanamali
    2014-06-10
    What did I think? Satisfaction...
  • Nasia
    2018-03-08
    3.5/5, not my favourite Christie book. However, it was nice to see how it all began with Hercule Poirot!