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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

(Hercule Poirot #1)

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The heiress of Styles has been murdered, dying in agony from strychnine slipped into her coffee. And there are plenty of people who would gain from her death: the financially strapped stepson, the gold-digging younger husband, and an embittered daughter-in-law. Monsieur Poirot comes out of retirement to figure out who would have the impudence--and the motive--to commit the ...more
Paperback, Large Print Edition, 242 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Waking Lion Press (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 howev…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
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
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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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
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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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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Dita has the 'rona!
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!
Henry Avila
Agatha Christie's first novel and it shows, a somewhat convoluted story with too many red herrings and even an unneeded trial at the end, written by the bored writer during the First World War ( the Great War) no surprise when rejected by the publishers until 1920. Don't get me wrong this is a highly entertaining book for the mystery fan, though with a little more experience the eagle will fly. Now the murder case set in the majestic estate of Styles home of a wealthy woman Emily Inglethorp 70, ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1), Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles original publication year 1920. 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 solution in an elaborately planned scheme almost impossible to believe.

Characters: Hercule Poirot, Inspector Japp, Arthur Hastings, John Cav
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Luffy
It never entered my mind that I'd one day reread this version of the very first Hercule Poirot in such an unexpected medium as electronically. Well I did and here we are.

Some of the words used in this translation were unknown to me. Most of the difficult words are guessable in their meaning via the sentences they adorn.

All things considered, I think this version of Poirot is unique. We encounter a detective that has yet to grow a full head of eccentricities. But he still gambols as a mountain go
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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
Anne
Poirot is introduced in this book, so how can you not love it?!

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Actually, pretty easily.
This simply isn't Agatha Chrisite's best work.
And that's mainly due to this being her first book. Yeah, so not only was she still figuring out who Poirot was, she was still figuring out this whole mystery writing gig. I mean, for her first stab at it, she did a phenomenal job. But if you go into this thing thinking you're going to get her best story, you'll more than likely be disappointed.
Sorry, Hercule.

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For t
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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 irrational 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 a
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Evgeny
Review updated on April 11, 2019.

The first case of Hercule Poirot.
Hercule Poirot
He is a Belgian just immigrated to England. Nothing about him makes him look like one of the greatest detectives ever. The woman who helped him settle in his new country was poisoned, Poirot is forced to use his "grey cells" for the first time (but definitely not for the last time). An expected from Agatha Christie crazily complicated mystery full of twists and surprises follow.

Agatha Christie wrote this novel as a bet that she
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Bill Kerwin

The first Poirot. Everybody has a motive, everyone acts suspiciously--and the customary floor plans are provided.
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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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
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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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.


Hercule Poirot


Captain Hastings


Inspector Japp

As the book opens Hastings has been injured in WWI and is recuperating at Styles Court, a manor house in t
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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 those. But let's just ...more
Piyangie
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-mystery
This is my first introduction to Agatha Christie. Having never read her before, I was interested in 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, all the time not giving way the real culprit. I had my hunch of the criminal and motive, and though they prove correct at the end, time to time doubt entered my mind as to whether I figured it right. :)

The character set was most
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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.
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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Beata
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is how it all began! One of my favourite HP and Captain H novels.
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
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Phrynne
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
If you ever feel you do not know what to read next then just grab a book by Agatha Christie. There are so many you must be able to find one you have not read yet, and they are guaranteed to be quick, light and very entertaining.

They also give your brain a little workout as nothing is ever simple about the mystery and the clues. The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Christie's debut novel but it appears fully formed in the shape of all her future books. There is a closed setting,in this case the co
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daph pink  君は
4✨

OCTOBER 2018- book 2

(I don't review her books, never could because honestly I will be bias because I love her. )

For all who don't know , I am in love with Agatha Christie ever since I started reading her books( 5 years ago) and I planned to read a book of her each month so that I don't run out of her books !
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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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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