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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  107,468 ratings  ·  2,546 reviews
Styles Court adalah sebuah perkebunan Inggris yang subur, dan seharusnya menjadi milik John Cavendish. Tetapi ternyata ibu tirinyalah yang mendapat warisan, dan yang kemudian menikah dengan seorang pemburu harta. Situasi yang menunjang banyak kemungkinan bagi pembunuhan!
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 2000 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 1920)
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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. You don’t want to love him, you really don’t. You
"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 ...more
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
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 and his partner while I was reading. Seeing these s

"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 je "Tajanstv
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*

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
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 debut no
Actual Rating: 3.5

My 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.
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 b ...more
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 by the lovely Emily Inglethorp. The home is very c
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!
This was fun! I was in the perfect mood when I checked this out of the library, and my library participates with one of those digital audiobook lenders, so I was able to carry it everywhere with me. I listened to it in the car, while I was cooking, doing chores, checking my emails, cleaning my fish tank, getting ready in the morning, etc. The library is enabling me. I'm not sure I've ever read an audiobook so fast before (of course, I usually only listen to them in my car, so it's really not tha ...more
Kasia S.
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 Belgian super hero, Hercule Poirot gets involved. In ...more
Classic closed-room murder mystery with a large number of suspects, twists to the narrative of each, and, of course, Belgian master-detective Hercule Poirot bring the mystery to a grand conclusion with all of the suspects in attendance, revealing all of the clues, however miniscule, that were in the story all along.

I listened to the Audible version of this book, narrated by David Thorn. Normally, I listen to Audible books at 2x speed, but Mr. Thorn's accents made it nearly impossible to follow,
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I was a little skeptical going in because the first chapter unloaded with all of these characters and I couldn't keep track of who was related to who and who was important to the story and all that. That skepticism quickly melted away like the Wicked Witch of the West in water. I reviewed the title page of the book and remembered I was reading Agatha Freaking Christie and that I was in good hands.

This was Christie's first novel and the first to introduce Hercule Poirot, who is awesome by the way
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
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 clues and couldn't solve the mystery either, but at lea
my first Agatha Christie book and I found it okay, nothing extraordinary.

Captain Hastings was spending sometime at his friend's family mansion, Styles. From outside things seems to be normal but a close inspection told Hastings that things were tense at Styles. Suddenly his friend's mother was found dead in her room and to solve the mystery Hercule Poirot was called.

I liked the pace of the story though events were a bit dramatic. I liked Poirot for his presence of mind and seeing things which we
Jan 11, 2010 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who just have to read EVERYTHING written by Agatha Christie
"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" is the first published book of Agatha Christie's and the first book where she introduces her well-known private detective Hercule Poirot.

The fact that the book is Christie's first effort is apparent. It definitely lacks the finesse of her later works. The main thing that drags down this otherwise standard Christie story is the trial proceedings. It would have been wiser to edit out that part of the book altogether as it added very little to the investigation.

Actual Review: 4,5 stars
It’s been years and years since I last read an Agatha Christie book.I read almost every single one of her creations, that I could find in the local library, many years ago,and since then she has become one of my favourite authors of all time!I simply don’t think that there will ever be anyone else to write crime fiction as good and as ingenious as hers.That being said I also don’t think that there will ever be another detective as ingenious,as smart,and as funny and intel
Cristina T.
BR with Marco and Kayl on February 11th :)

This is Agatha Christie's debut novel and frankly, that boggles my mind, because it's so clever! I mean, she did get entitled Queen of Crime for a reason. The Mysterious Affair at Styles was a delight to read, and while the clues were there all along, I wouldn't have guessed the murderer in a million years. On the contrary, I dismissed the person in question from the start, and I think that speaks volumes for how masterfully Christie crafted the plot. Fo
~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~
4 coffee cups and coco stars!

Years after I’ve exhausted all my raving and fangirling energy on Sherlock Holmes, I finally made up my mind to try Agatha Christie and see what the hype was all about. I was cynical, because I knew I would weigh everything against Sherlock. Or maybe Harry Dresden, who is a close and recent runner-up when it comes to those involved in espionage and the like. But Poirot was dissimilar in many ways, both in form and method, and thanks to that, I ended up quite liking
Laurel Young
Thus begins My Year of Agatha! Over the course of 2010, I'll be reading all of Dame Agatha Christie's canon, more or less in order of publication. I've read most if not all of them before, but in some cases it has been many years. I'm most familiar with her Golden Age work (1920-1939), because the study of it formed the second chapter of my doctoral dissertation. The chapter has already been published, and so my Year of Agatha is purely for personal pleasure. She is my favorite of all mystery au ...more
Ah.. The beginning. There is a saying that legends are not born, they are made. With the introduction of HP in this book, the genre of mystery changed forever. AC has imitated Sherlock quite a bit in her earlier novels, this included.

Quite an interesting first book, which would serve as a corner stone for a career that earned her the title the Queen of Crime. This is a book where Mr. Poirot solves the case due to one of his distinct characteristics.

A book that made a legend.
Given how many of Agatha Christie's works I read as an adolescent, I was somewhat astounded to realize as I read that I had not read The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Written in 1916 and set during the first World War, it introduces us to both Hastings and Hercule Poirot. Like the first Miss Marple book, it is primarily fascinating because of the "origin story" aspect. Both characters became more fascinating over time as Christie developed them. That being said, this was a delightful read filled ...more
Carolyn F.
I think this will be my 4th time reading it, not including watching the wonderful series on PBS. I'm in the Agatha Christie Luvrs group and we're going through the entire series. I know, it will take us years, but why not.

Wonderful book, even though I've read it numerous times and have watched the TV series, I still enjoyed it. I love the way Hasting is so clueless although he thinks he's the opposite. I love Poirot. Fantastic book.

Apparemment pas! Yes, I have used Google Translate in the past 120 seconds.

Poirot is a dear, and cleverer than I took him for at first! I think I shall like him very much. Can't wait to read more and check out the show too :D
Klinta (book owly)
Full review.

I was quite curious about Hercule Poirot series because I really loved the films when I was a kid and I was wondering, if it was my silliness that couldn’t solve the mysteries or the genius of the writer. It was the genius. Although I could see a lot of details that were discovered, I did not see the end.

It wasn’t a page turner, I think because of the even writing, which didn’t really have ups or downs and perhaps my patronizing attitude might be the reasons as well, but nevertheles
My First Affair with Hercule Poirot
(A Book Review of Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affairs at Styles)

Written as an outcome of a bet in which “the reader would not be able to spot the criminal”, Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair of Styles, published in 1921, is the first published work by the author that not only introduces what will become her trademark for ingenious plotting as well as the egg-shaped head, quirky and well-groomed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, one of the beloved sl
To say that Doyle and Christie are mystery masters is almost a truism, since you find in their novels all ingredients to sustain this affirmation: perfect plot, charming weird detective, exquisite writing, interesting characters.
So it's no wonder that for me, a successful detective story has somehow to fall into a pattern they established a long time ago: clues gathered by a sharp mind, apparent contradictions and /or mistakes, dramatic turn of events and of course the big finale: the last reun
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