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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
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Oct 16, 09

bookshelves: mystery-thriller, classics, crime, death, fiction, favourites
Read in October, 2009

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 appears that foul play is in the air and the family bring in Hercule Poirot to investigate...

This book was everything a murder mystery should be. There were intriguing characters (which, incidentally, are nicely fleshed-out), a page-turning plot, plenty of clues and red-herrings and, best of all, it kept me guessing right until the very end. The narration also works well - by having Hastings as the narrator, we don't get to see inside Poirot's head, so we can continue to form our own conclusions right to the end.

I also liked how quaint this was. As a reader of more modern thrillers such as James Patterson, Lee Child and David Baldacci, it was nice to realise that there isn't always a requirement for violence, blood and guts in order to have a good plot.

I will definitely be picking up more of Christie's work.
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Ally if you haven'y already checked us out why not pop along to the 'Bright Young Things' - we'd love to hear your comments on this book when we read it in February

Kirsty Thanks :) You should definitely read it, it's fab!

Kirsty I have that one too, I'll get around to it eventually :)

Eydie Montana I feel the same as you!!! I am reading the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series and the lead character reads Agatha Christie novesl. I walked by the bargain table at BN and decided to pick up her first novel. I love her writing style, love the story...why did I wait so long?? I too can only read books in order! :)

Kirsty I recently read The Murder at the Vicarage too and really enjoyed that one also! I definitely need more Christie in my life!

Kirsty I like to read series in order, so will get to that one in a little while, but it's not next on my list :)

Kirsty I still like to read in order when books have a recurring character :)

Shobhit Sharad A worthy review.

Bskinner The BBC TV series starring David Suchet are fun to watch (after you've read the books of course). David Suchet is a marvelous Hercule Poirot

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