The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles When an aging heiress is found fatally poisoned the amazing Hercule Poirot brilliant Belgian criminal investigator is brought out of retirement to solve the case In this classic tale of murder jea

  • Title: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • ISBN: 9780486296951
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • When an aging heiress is found fatally poisoned, the amazing Hercule Poirot, brilliant Belgian criminal investigator, is brought out of retirement to solve the case.In this classic tale of murder, jealousy, and greed, Agatha Christie introduced the famed sleuth, who is immediately confronted by mysteries within a mystery a door bolted from the inside of the victim s room When an aging heiress is found fatally poisoned, the amazing Hercule Poirot, brilliant Belgian criminal investigator, is brought out of retirement to solve the case.In this classic tale of murder, jealousy, and greed, Agatha Christie introduced the famed sleuth, who is immediately confronted by mysteries within a mystery a door bolted from the inside of the victim s room the disappearance of a coffee cup believed to have held the poison the charred remains of a will, a strange fragment of fabric, and a curious rug stain found near the body.All are puzzling pieces of evidence in a crime for which there is no shortage of suspects, not the least of which are the victim s philandering husband, an assortment of unhappy relatives, and an extremely outspoken hired companion.A perennial favorite with mystery fans since it was first published in 1921, this entertaining and tautly constructed murder mystery easily placed its author among the most accomplished and entertaining writers in the genre.

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    1. 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. You don’t want to love him, you really don’t. You d [...]

    2. "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 exact same thing as many as 86 more times, depending [...]

    3. 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 and I can re-read her books over and over again without ever [...]

    4. 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 note, what better way to spend the lingering wint [...]

    5. 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، حيث تعيش مع زوجها الجديد ال [...]

    6. 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 worked in the dispensary of a local hospital and gai [...]

    7. 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 a violent fit early one morning and dies. It appea [...]

    8. 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 تحاول لا تورط نفسك وتبحث عن ال [...]

    9. 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 stars and a good but not great.

    10. 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 his way through the list of suspects, he finds the [...]

    11. 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 as a childChristie's remarkable life as a writer had to [...]

    12. 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, however, her limbs relaxed, and she fell back up [...]

    13. 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) occurs. The murder scene, a locked bedroom, baffles det [...]

    14. 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 and enjoyed it. It’s hilarious that Hastings ha [...]

    15. 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 Poirot and the semi-clueless Hastings. The book was co [...]

    16. 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, like flying fish!I loved the WWI details and such how [...]

    17. The first Poirot. Everybody has a motive, everyone acts suspiciously--and the customary floor plans are provided.

    18. 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 روائىةxDرواية مشوقة و اول تجربة مع المفتش بوارو المبدع ملك التحليل و التفاصيل ك [...]

    19. "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 tražile utočište pred Prvi svetski rat.Agata Kristi j [...]

    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 and his partner while I was reading. Seeing these s [...]

    21. 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 between them when she inherits the family home, Styles, [...]

    22. 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 he be outdone this time? Hastings thought he knew [...]

    23. 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, has to have been doing something right. In this debu [...]

    24. 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, though retired Belgian detective living nearby in the [...]

    25. 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 fault with his naïveté. While Ten Little Indians or [...]

    26. Ок, да го обявя официално – ОБСЕБЕНА съм от Агата Кристи!Подобно на предходните две нейни книги, които прочетох, “Аферата в Стайлс” не ме разочарова. Романът всъщност е дебютен за авторката, а сюжетът му се върти около убийството на богатата собствeничка на имението Стайлс [...]

    27. ♥️وختام العام مع العبقري صديق الطفولة بوارو حين يجتمع بوارو مع صديقه هيستنغز تكون الرواية دوما استثنائية ففي قصر ستايلز يقيم هيستنغز بضيافة صديق قديم من مالكي القصر وفي الجوار يقيم العزيز بوارو كلاجئ حرب مع مجموعة من ابناء بلده بلجيكا وتحدث الجريمة التي يلفها الكثير من ال [...]

    28. 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 the story went, I had my suspicions continuously ch [...]

    29. الخمس نجمات واجب يقع على عاتقي عند قراءة روايات اغاثاالغريب إني قرأت كل المجموعة إلا هذة الرواية الإولى ولكن الحمدلله

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