Jun 03, 12
Read from March 30 to May 26, 2012
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
By: Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie is a mystery novel without much action, which separates it from being a thriller. In the beginning of the book we are introduced to the residents of the Styles estate, which consists of Mr. and Mrs. Inglethorp, Mr. and Mrs. Cavendish, Ms. Howard, and Mr. Hastings to name the main characters. The story is written from Mr. Hastings point of view as he is visiting Styles, the residence of his friend John Cavendish (Mr. Cavendish). When Mrs. Inglethorp mysteriously dies, all eyes are pointed at Mr. Inglethorp due to the fact that they were recently married and he was away at the time of the death. Another piece of evidence weighing heavily on Alfred Inglethorp’s shoulders were Mrs. Inglethorps dying words of “Alfred, Alfred…”. Mr. Hastings gets the idea to call his friend Poirot who happens to be a world-class detective.
I read Sherlock Holmes 2 months earlier, this book felt like a counter-part to Agatha Christie’s book. I thought of this because Sherlock Holmes has quite a lot of action while Agatha Christie’s book doesn’t. My first favorite scene in the book was when Mr. Inglethorp was proved not guilty. I enjoyed this scene because there was so much tension building up and then just when I thought the murderer couldn’t be anybody but Mr. Inglethorp, he comes up with an impeachable alibi. I found this a very good technique because the reader is left bewildered, which makes the reader more anxious to find out what happens next. Another one of my favorite scenes was during the latter parts of the trial against John Cavendish. Even thought this part of the book was a little confusing at times I still liked it. The writing made me feel like it was a TV show because all the characters tension and emotions were expressed so well it was like you could see them. After a while it seemed to put me in a bit of a trance because it was so realistic like a dream. The last thing I liked a lot in the book would have to be the character, Poirot. Christie made Poirot a very likeable character with his lively personality and little obsessions. Overall I found this book very intriguing but it can be a little complex at times. I would recommend this book to a patient reader of this grade or higher.