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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

(Hercule Poirot #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  193,682 ratings  ·  5,352 reviews
Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery.
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published March 30th 2011 (first published October 1920)
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(_.- Jared -._) ₪ Book Nerd ₪ Well technically the fist Hercule Poirot story was The Chocolate Box written in 1909 but this was a short story. This was indeed the first novel…moreWell technically the fist Hercule Poirot story was The Chocolate Box written in 1909 but this was a short story. This was indeed the first novel however written in 1916 but not published until 1920. There isn't really any continuity to worry about in the series so you can read them in any order you like.

But just in case you're still interested, here is the order, when written, not published, that I have:
01 - The Chocolate Box (1909)
02 - The Mysterious Affair at Stiles (1916)
03 - The Kidnapped Prime Minister (1918)
04 - The Lemesurier Inheritance (1918)
05 - The Affair at the Victory Ball (1919)
06 - The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim (1920)
07 - The Adventure of the Cheap Flat (1920)
08 - The Submarine Plans (1920)
09 - The Incredible Theft (The Submarine Plans) (1920)
10 - The Adventure of the Clapham Cook (1920)
11 - The Cornish Mystery (1921)
12 - The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor (1921)
13 - The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge (1921)
14 - The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (1921)
15 - The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan (1921)
16 - Double Sin (1921)
17 - The King of Clubs (1922)
18 - The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman (1922)
19 - The Double Clue (1922)
20 - The Adventure of Johnny Waverley (1922)
21 - The Case of the Missing Will (1922)
22 - The Million Dollar Bond Robbery (1922)
23 - The Veiled Lady (1923)
24 - The Lost Mine (1923)
25 - The Adventure of the Western Star (1923)
26 - A Fellow Traveler (The Murder on the Links) (1923)
27 - The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (The Theft of a Royal Ruby) (1923)
28 - The Big Four (1924)
29 - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
30 - The Plymouth Express (1926)
31 - The Mystery of the Blue Train (The Plymouth Express) (1926)
32 - The Third Floor Flat (1929)
33 - The Underdog (1929)
34 - The Wasps Nest (1929)
35 - Black Coffee (1930)
36 - Dead Man's Mirror (The Second Gong) (1930)
37 - The Mystery of the Spanish Chest (Baghdad Chest) (1930)
38 - Peril at End House (1931)
39 - Lord Edgeware Dies (Thirteen at Dinner) (1932)
40 - Murder in Mesopotamia (1932)
41 - Murder on the Orient Express (1932)
42 - Three Act Tragedy (1933)
43 - Death in the Clouds (1934)
44 - How Does Your Garden Grow (1935)
45 - The ABC Murders (1935)
46 - Dumb Witness (The Incident of the Dog's Ball) (1936)
47 - Problem at Sea (1936)
48 - Triangle at Rhodes (1936)
49 - Market Basing Mystery (1936)
50 - Murder in the Mews (Market Basing Mystery) (1936)
51 - Cards on the Table (1937)
52 - Death on the Nile (1937)
53 - Appointment with Death (1937)
54 - Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1937)
55 - Yellow Iris A Hercule Poirot Short Story (1939)
56 - The Dream (1939)
57 - One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1939)
58 - Sad Cypress (1939)
59 - The Nemean Lion (The First Labor of Hercules) (1939)
60 - The Lernaean Hydra (The Second Labor of Hercules) (1939)
61 - The Arcadian Deer (The Third Labor of Hercules) (1939)
62 - The Erymanthian Boar (The Fourth Labor of Hercules) (1939)
63 - The Augean Stables (The Fifth Labor of Hercules) (1939)
64 - The Stymphalean Birds (The Sixth Labor of Hercules) (1939)
65 - The Cretan Bull (The Seventh Labor of Hercules) (1939)
66 - The Horses of Diomedes (The Eighth Labor of Hercules) (1939)
67 - The Girdle of Hippolyta (The Ninth Labor of Hercules) (1939)
68 - The Flock of Geryon (The Tenth Labor of Hercules) (1939)
69 - The Apples of Hesperides (The Eleventh Labor of Hercules) (1939)
70 - The Capture of Cerberus (The Twelfth Labor of Hercules) (1939)
71 - Evil Under the Sun (1941)
72 - Four and Twenty Blackbirds (1941)
73 - Five Little Pigs (1942)
74 - The Hollow (1945)
75 - Taken at the Flood (1946)
76 - Mrs. McGinty's Dead (1952)
77 - After the Funeral (1953)
78 - Hickory, Dickory Dock (1954)
79 - Dead Man's Folly (The Greenshore Folly) (1955)
80 - Cat Among the Pigeons (1958)
81 - The Clocks (1962)
82 - Third Girl (1963)
83 - Hallowe'en Party (1968)
84 - Elephants Can Remember (1971)
85 - Curtain (1974)(less)

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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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unknown
"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
James
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wit ...more
Brina
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 ...more
Jaline
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xx2018-completed
To celebrate completing my 1000th book of the decade, I chose Agatha Christie’s first Hercule Poirot mystery novel for this reading slot. I am especially proud of this milestone because earlier in the decade when I was working full-time there was one month (September 2014) where I only read one book and two months where I only read two books (May and June 2012)!

Agatha Christie wrote this novel in 1916, and it was first published in the United States by John Lane for $2.00 per copy in October 192
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Tina Haigler
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Fahad Naeem
Shelves: classics
Ok. Let's get down to business. This is an old fashioned British mystery novel. So much information! Trying to keep it all straight in my head was extremely difficult. My brain was all over the place but that's what makes a good mystery, in my opinion.

This is the first book starring the world famous Hercule Poirot and his friend Hastings. Poirot is an eccentric detective from Belgium who fled to England during WWI. Hastings is a little on the dramatic side, always jumps to the wrong conclusions
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1), original publication year 1920
Characters: 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
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Mohammed Arabey
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ولأنه يوليو الساخن، والليالي الصيفية تحتاج إلى تشغيل الخلايا الصغيرة بالمخ

فقد انتقلنا إلى مدينة ستايلز لجريمة غامضة
ورواية أشهر محقق في تاريخ الأدب، هيركول بوارو، بل رواية أجاثا كريستي نفسها الأولي

سيدة عجوز ثرية وبيت زوجها الراحل الريفي الكبير، حيث تعيش مع زوجها الجديد الذي يصغرها بكثير، وابني زوجها السابق وزوجة أحدهما وفتاة يتيمة تعطف عليها

وعثر عليها مقتولة بالسم..سم في فنجان قهوة
وكل أهل البيت مشتبه بهم..بل وشخصيات اخري..لتبدأ الرواية

كما تري ياصديقي فأن اهل البيت الذين لا تربط بينهم جميعا صلة
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Susan
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 gaine ...more
Dannii Elle
First Read: September 2016, Rating: 4 Stars
Second Read: November 2018, Rating: 4 Stars


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 r
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Kirsty
Apr 10, 2008 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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PattyMacDotComma
4★
What have I always told you? Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory—let the theory go.’

‘Well, we shall see,’
I said, nettled.”


Hercule Poirot, world-renowned Belgian detective extraordinaire, first arrived on the literary scene in 1920, in this, Agatha Christie’s very first book. He seems to have arrived fully formed, with all of his eccentricities and powerful “little grey” cells ready to go.

“He was hardly more than five feet, four inches, but carried him
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Duane
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.
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....


Lawyer
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Complete Christie Reader
Recommended to Lawyer by: It all started at a Middle School Book Fair
The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Meeting Hercule Poirot

Dame 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.

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Agatha Christie as a child

Christie's remarkable life as a writer h
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Barbara
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bayb-2018

I'm a long time Agatha Christie fan, and I recently decided to re-read some of her novels.

*****

'The Mysterious Affair at Styles' is Agatha Christie's first published book, and it's less sophisticated than her later work. The story does, however, introduce three well-known Christie characters: Hercule Poirot, Captain Hastings, and Inspector Japp.

As the book opens Hastings has been injured in WWI and is recuperating at Styles Court, a manor house in the country. Styles Court belongs to the Cave
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
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
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Piyangie
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first introduction to Agatha Christie. Having never read her before, I thought of starting her with the Poirot series which includes her famous detective, Hercule Poirot.

The story is a cleverly written murder mystery with interesting twists and turns so as to not give out who the culprit is. The characters were all nice and likable. The eccentric Poirot (it seems detectives are rather eccentric people; Sherlock Holmes comes to my mind!) and his friend and narrator, Mr. Hastings provi
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Erin *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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Bill  Kerwin

The first Poirot. Everybody has a motive, everyone acts suspiciously--and the customary floor plans are provided.
Emma
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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 has pretensi ...more
Ayman Gomaa
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
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 روائىة xD
رواية مشوقة و اول تجربة مع المفتش بوارو المبدع ملك التحليل و التفاصيل
كم التقلبات فى احداث الرواية و محاولة الشك فى شخص معين ملوش اى لازمة مع اجاثا
اقرا و استمتع و تقبل انك لن تتوقع ابدا القاتل مع اجاثا :)
Jason Koivu
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary Deacon
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mysterious Affair at Styles is Agatha Christies first published novel and the introduction of Poirot to the world. While it suffers from the fact that Poirot is not the calm and methodical detective he would later become it soars in the plotting and intricacy of the mystery. What would seem to be a straightforward murder mystery becomes a tangled web of clues - a Christie trait that she establishes from the very beginning. Moreover, just as she would later make her trademark, all the clues a ...more
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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Dita
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the exception of a racial slur so egregious I could hardly breathe when I read it, it is difficult to believe this book was written almost exactly 100 years ago.

It's still a great story today and it introduced us to Christie's best known protagonist, Hercule Poirot.

During the first World War, Mr. Hastings is visiting a family friend, John Cavendish, when John's step-mother, Emily, is poisoned.

Someone in the family did it...and I didn't guess who!
Chrissie
ETA: I have been thinking about this since I put it down. I need to feeI characters' inner turmoil. In this book a reader does not feel an emotional tug toward the characters. Neither are there historical tidbits to snatch up. By explaining what the book contains and what is lacking, hopefully, prospective readers will be helped by my review.

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My rating reflects my personal appreciation of the book. I do not usually read mysteries.

I tried this to test the mystery genre
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abby
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Natalie Richards
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
Another good read from Agatha Christie; I find her books so enjoyable and I have never been right yet on working out who the killer is!
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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.

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Other books in the series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 40 books)
  • The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot, #2)
  • Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot, #3)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
  • The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6)
  • Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
  • Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot, #9)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
  • Three Act Tragedy (Hercule Poirot, #11)
  • Death in the Clouds (Hercule Poirot, #12)
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