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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

by Agatha Christie

166 ratings, 31 reviews

The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920, is Agatha Christie's first detective novel. It serves as the introduction to Hercule Poirot, Belgian inspector extraordinaire. Egg-headed with nicely kempt mustaches, Poirot is one of the most famous and long-lived characters in detective fiction. When Christie's final book featuring him was published in 1975 (a year before her death), he would be the only fictional character to be given an obituary in the New York Times: 6 August 1975 "Hercule Poirot is Dead; Famed Belgian Detective."

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is set in England during World War I at Styles Court, where the widow Emily Cavendish has inherited her deceased husband's estate. Eventually she marries the much younger Alfred Inglethorp, while her two stepsons - John and Lawrence - John's wife, and several other people come to live at Styles. Plenty of potential suspects for the crime! When Emily turns up dead one night, the case begins, and John, who'd inherit the whole lot, is right in Poirot's sights. But who really done it? What transpires is the first classic case which would launch Christie's fabulous career, chock full of red herrings and surprising plot twists.

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Zainab Siddiqi

June 26, 2014

Beautiful Book. Worth Reading. Hercule Piorot is Mind-Blowing! <3


Donna Teo

January 03, 2014

Another great book of Agatha Christie that i couldn't put down. I finished reading it in a day


jonathan cable

December 12, 2013

its good


Alaina Williford

September 24, 2013

This book touched my heart


Pradeep Shetty

August 04, 2013

This is good story, but half part missing, I had to look for the complete story.


Jasneet Khurana

July 03, 2013

Great a must read book


Sharon Farmer

July 03, 2013

Ah p


Carola Blackwood

July 02, 2013

Typical Christie! Fast moving! Clever and a true snapshot of her time. Great and easy read


M Garana

April 05, 2013

Fun read. Easy and enjoyable. Very much the expected Christie. Yikes a racist comment in it- but mild for time. Irrelevant to story just a weird insight into another time. Try not to be put off. I'm grateful that things are better now.


Abigail Minks

March 23, 2013

I loved the mystery and suspense!! Very well written, of course! :)


Caroline Limbonhai

January 06, 2013

Well written. Suspenseful but also funny. Very entertaining.


Josiah Beach

January 01, 2013

DONT DOWNLOAD! There are tons of Missing pages, total waste of time and very frustrating. Gives free books a bad name


Linda Bieniewicz

October 07, 2012

Quite entertaining. A good old fashioned mystery.


Alaa Stalingrad

September 18, 2012

I love mysterious.


Judy Manning

September 01, 2012

Agatha is the queen of mystery! Her books are always captivating and involved.


Andrew Greene

August 20, 2012

great book, read it in one sitting. im a bit biased tho, im a big fan of ms christies hercule poirot character. would recommend to any murder mystery fan.


Susan Vazquez

July 24, 2012

This was a story I had not read. Loved it.


Anne Kastanis

July 16, 2012

Enjoyable Hercule Poirot mystery.


Karen Choquette

July 09, 2012

Engaging story that makes it hard to put the book don


Drih P

July 01, 2012

Just missing some pages in the end of chapter.. But its awesome! I'd read it again someday.


Junette Reyes

May 23, 2012

It was a good read. This copy was incomplete, however, seeing as some parts within the story were missing. I had to look for the complete story elsewhere.


Jessica B

April 16, 2012

A real page turner!


Claudia Tang

April 02, 2012

MISSING PAGES especially right at the end of chapters.


Erick Miranda

March 21, 2012

I'm about read it :)


Omar Jimenez

March 09, 2012

Perhaps one of the best books I've ever read, i was indeed with the book.


Mary Kay Smith

March 05, 2012

Love her books. She was the best.


Hilary Claridge

February 18, 2012

There is a huge chunk missing from page 185......very disappointing and rather defeats the purpose of reading what is meant to be a whole BOOK.


Megan Wilson

February 17, 2012

I loved it!


Abbigail Dodd

February 14, 2012

Haven't read it


Sarah Seaton

February 09, 2012

You will not be disappointed


Sierra Simmons

May 30, 2011

Absolutely wonderful. As is always the case with agatha the plot was twisted, I was confused and unsure the whole time, yet at the end it all inexplicably made sense! Bravo!