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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)

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An aging heiress, fatally poisoned; the door to her room locked from the inside; and the charred remains of a will in her fireplace are some of the ingredients in this absorbing tale of murder, jealousy, and greed. Agatha Christie's classic introduced Hercule Poirot, the brilliant and amazing Belgian detective.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 22nd 1997 by Dover Publications (first published October 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
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j
"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
Araz Goran

أجاثا كريستي ~ القضية الغامضة في مدينة ستايلز

الظهور 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 القاتل هنا .. دع المسألة للوقت فحسب، النهاية وحدها يمكن أن تأتيك بهوية القاتل أو القاتلة !!


عبقرية جداً....


Kirsty
Oct 16, 2009 Kirsty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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
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Debbie Zapata
Sep 23, 2015 Debbie Zapata rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pg
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
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Jadranka

"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
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Erin (Paperbackstash) *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 Poirot and the semi-clueless Hastings. The book was co
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Sean
Jan 06, 2013 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rebecca
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.
Carol
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
Allison
I very much enjoyed my first Agatha Christie experience. Poirot is a fun character, and I'm looking forward to reading more mysteries featuring him. I enjoyed how the narrator kept doubting Poirot and jumping at the same conclusions that I wanted to jump at, which told me how much I was missing. It turns out all the pieces were there, I just forgot about some of them, or didn't see how they fit together. It's always fun to read a mystery where I don't guess correctly, but it all clicks at the en ...more
BrokenTune
Mar 05, 2016 BrokenTune rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Christies first published book and is most notable for one thing: it is the first of the Poirot books and explains the background between the famous friendship between the Belgian detective and Captain Hasting.

Hastings is on medical leave in Essex during the First World War and by chance bumps into an old friend of his - Poirot. Poirot is a refugee and managed to settle near his friend, Emily Inglethorp, who owns Styles Court where Hastings is a guest.

Shortly
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Amy (shoutame)
Oct 28, 2015 Amy (shoutame) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
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Kevin Cambronero
Un fuerte aplauso para Agatha Christie.

Me encantó. Está escrito de una forma que lo hace muy sencillo y rápido de leer, aparte de que es sumamente adictivo. No sé cómo no había leído nada de esta mujer antes.

Preguntas, preguntas y preguntas que parecen no tener respuesta, ser callejones sin salida; empiezas a desconfiar de todo el mundo, cada personaje parece culpable; el ambiente está cargado de intranquilidad y zozobra. Genial. No quedé contento hasta terminarlo y descubrir quién carajos era e
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Lisa
Apr 27, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Justin
Aug 09, 2015 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amy
Feb 04, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful read! A nice tidy mystery with plenty of real characters and of course, Hercule Poirot. My favorite part of the book was definitely the characters. Christie was able to create a large cast, each with their own distinct personalities and eccentricities. Even though the novel is rather slim, there weren't any short-cuts taken and no loose threads, which I appreciated. I've already gotten the next two books to read!
Ashley
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
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
Dina
Oct 21, 2010 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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, you could kill someone with that. It takes Dame Ch ...more
Steve
Jan 23, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Manju
Oct 28, 2015 Manju rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, 2015
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
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tyranus
*Agatha Christie'nin, Hercule Poirot isimli detektifin başrolde olduğu ve 45 kitaptan oluşan serisinin ilk kitabı. Olaylar, Styles Köşkünde üvey oğulları ve birkaç aile dostuyla birlikte yaşayan dul Emily Inglethorp'un bir geceyarısı ani ölümüyle başlar. Köşkte yaşayan herkes katil şüphesinden kendi payına düşeni almaktadır; zira maktülenin ölümünden herkesin bir menfaati vardır.

** Kitabın süreklilik ve akıcılık sağlaması şüphelinin sürekli olarak değişmesine ve okuyucunun her defasında ters
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Tatiana
Jan 11, 2010 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  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.

How
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Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Gregory
Aug 13, 2015 Gregory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rizwan
Feb 09, 2016 Rizwan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes a good old-fashion mystery
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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
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Vimal Thiagarajan
Its a weird thing to read a whodunit twice, but I had to do it. My mind was in an absolute haze the first time I completed it last year, and I wasn't able to reconstruct a darn thing. The next time around, I savored Hastings's Watsonian blues and Poirot's theater but completed the novel with a sour taste in the mouth due to the reasons below
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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