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)
Release DateOct 21st, 2002
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....
  • unknown
    "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
    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
    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...
  • Jaline
    To celebrate completing my 1000th book of the decade, I chose Agatha Christie’s first Hercule Poirot mystery novel for this reading slot. I am especially proud of this milestone because earlier in the decade when I was working full-time there was one month (September 2014) where I only read one book and two months where I only read two books (May and June 2012)!Agatha Christie wrote this novel in 1916, and it was first published in the United S...
  • Tina Haigler
    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...
  • Dita
    With the exception of a racial slur so egregious I could hardly breathe when I read it, it is difficult to believe this book was written almost exactly 100 years ago.It's still a great story today and it introduced us to Christie's best known protagonist, Hercule Poirot.During the first World War, Mr. Hastings is visiting a family friend, John Cavendish, when John's step-mother, Emily, is poisoned. Someone in the family did it...and I didn't gues...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    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...
  • Susan
    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...
  • Dannii Elle
    First Read: September 2016, Rating: 4 StarsSecond Read: November 2018, Rating: 4 StarsThis 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Evgeny
    Review updated on April 11, 2019.The first case of Hercule Poirot. He is a Belgian just immigrated to England. Nothing about him makes him look like one of the greatest detectives ever. The woman who helped him settle in his new country was poisoned, Poirot is forced to use his "grey cells" for the first time (but definitely not for the last time). An expected from Agatha Christie crazily complicated mystery full of twists and surprises follow. A...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    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...
  • Duane
    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...
  • Bill Kerwin
    The first Poirot. Everybody has a motive, everyone acts suspiciously--and the customary floor plans are provided.
  • 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...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1), The Mysterious Affair at Styles original publication year 1920. 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 his way through the list of suspects, he finds the solution in an elaborately planned scheme almost impossible to believe.Characters: Hercule Poirot, Inspec...
  • Piyangie
    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...
  • Barbara
    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...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    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...
  • David Schaafsma
    Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time, we’re told. Sure, Shakespeare. Sure, The Holy Bible. But literally billions of books sold, without question. Mainly Hercule Poirot and Miss (Jane) Marple mysteries, but short story collections and many plays, too. This is the way this gets started: Her sister challenges her to write a mystery. During WWI she is working in a hospital, gets interested in toxicology, and thinks: okay, poisons...
  • 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...
  • Emma
    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
    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...
  • Julie
    The first Hercule Poirot mystery, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, is told to us by Mr. Harris. An elderly, rather well off lady is poisoned and suspects abound. There's even a little romance involved. Very intricate plot, leads you all around, and back again. Agatha does mystery like no one else . Very satisfying.
  • Katy
    This weekend’s assignment was to read any Agatha Christie book for bookclub this coming week. Yet, I don’t know how it is that I have never read an Agatha Christie book before, but it’s late Sunday afternoon and i thought I better get moving!I decided I’d start at the beginning, and so chose to read this, her first novel introducing Detective Hercule Poirot. I made a list of the initial characters as they were quickly introduced at the ou...
  • Mary Deacon
    The Mysterious Affair at Styles is Agatha Christies first published novel and the introduction of Poirot to the world. While it suffers from the fact that Poirot is not the calm and methodical detective he would later become it soars in the plotting and intricacy of the mystery. What would seem to be a straightforward murder mystery becomes a tangled web of clues - a Christie trait that she establishes from the very beginning. Moreover, just as s...
  • Chrissie
    ETA: I have been thinking about this since I put it down. I need to feeI characters' inner turmoil. In this book a reader does not feel an emotional tug toward the characters. Neither are there historical tidbits to snatch up. By explaining what the book contains and what is lacking, hopefully, prospective readers will be helped by my review.*****************************My rating reflects my personal appreciation of the book. I do not usually rea...
  • Vishnu Chevli
    I don't have to tell why I chose this book. "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" is written by one of the most praised and read woman author, Agatha Christie. Also, the book is a mystery thriller which makes it a better proposition. When I discussed with Vishnu about which book I start with, he selected this book as in general people like such books. So I went with his advice.Talking about the story brief:"A mysterious murder of Mrs. Inglethorp rece...
  • abby
    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...