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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)

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In her first published mystery, Agatha Christie introduces readers to the heroic detective, Hercule Poirot. This is a classic murder mystery set in the outskirts of Essex. The victim is the wealthy mistress of Styles Court. The list of suspects is long and includes her gold-digging new spouse and stepsons, her doctor, and her hired companion.
Mass Market Paperback, 182 pages
Published September 1970 by Bantam Books (first published 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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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
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
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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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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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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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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Dannii Elle
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 referred to, Emily Inglethorpe) occurs. The murder scene, a locked bedroom, baffles det
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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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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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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
Bill  Kerwin

The first Poirot. Everybody has a motive, everyone acts suspiciously--and the customary floor plans are provided.
Ayman Gomaa
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 روائىةxD
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 :)
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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Debbie Zapata
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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Brenda
When Hastings was visiting friends at Styles Court in Essex he had no idea what was about to happen. The shock the death of the elderly owner of the property caused was such that there were many suspects. Hastings quickly found his old friend Detective Hercule Poirot, who was also visiting town, and asked him to become involved. After all, the little Frenchman was well-known for his ability to solve even the most mysterious of mysteries.

But would he be outdone this time? Hastings thought he knew
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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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Sean
Apr 06, 2012 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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Donna
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who murdered Mrs. Inglethorp? That was the question in this book, the first I've ever read by Agatha Christie. There was no shortage of suspects, even though the elderly Mrs. Inglethorp wasn't a bad person and was even charitable, though not someone loved by those closest to her since she made them beholden to her. The murder occurred while a friend of the family was in residence, a Mr. Arthur Hastings, who just so happened to know a famous, though retired Belgian detective living nearby in the ...more
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
Kaya Dimitrova
Ок, да го обявя официално – ОБСЕБЕНА съм от Агата Кристи!
Подобно на предходните две нейни книги, които прочетох, “Аферата в Стайлс” не ме разочарова. Романът всъщност е дебютен за авторката, а сюжетът му се върти около убийството на богатата собствeничка на имението Стайлс – госпожа Ингълторп. Еркюл Поаро е повикан от своя приятел Хейстингс, който се явява и гост в имението на заможното семейството, да разреши загадката около заплетения случай. Всеки от приближените на жертвата попада под подозр
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Pooja
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was my first try on Agatha Christie novel,

3 years back, It was so annoying to see her books in my friends' hands. That time, despite being known about her fame, I didn't think I'll read her someday and will be left in awe.

I confess that I felt for it's attractive cover, and the friend, from whom I borrowed it, didn't read it, she just bought it, and there is nothing as exiting and adventurous as to read the books before their owners!

So, as the story went, I had my suspicions continuously ch
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Ola
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime_novel
الخمس نجمات واجب يقع على عاتقي عند قراءة روايات اغاثا

الغريب إني قرأت كل المجموعة إلا هذة الرواية الإولى
ولكن الحمدلله


Jansen
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, crime, mystery
My first time to read crime/detective genre (I know lol) and first dose of agatha christie! Some parts of the plot were interesting, though kinda a tedious read for me at times, I don't think I'll probably reread this. However, I'm looking forward to read more of her books!
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.
Connie
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" is Agatha Christie's first published novel. It is set in a country house in Essex, England during World War I. The narrator, Arthur Hastings, is on sick leave from the military when he is invited to spend some time at Styles, the Cavendish manor, by an old school chum. Emily Cavendish, the widowed stepmother of John and Lawrence Cavendish, has recently remarried. Her new husband, Alfred Inglethorp, is a younger man that the family regards as a fortune hunter. In ...more
Marijan
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prva knjiga o najpoznatijem književnom Belgijancu, vidi se da AC još noije u potpunosti ispolirala kasniji stil, ali je zanimljiva i neočekivana do samog kraja. Plus, nakon toliko gledanja frepriza serije, čovjek si može svaku svenu iz knjige živo zamisliti.
Joudy
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hastings, why should I be the hypocrite? To blush when I am praised and say, like you, It is nothing. I have the order ,the method, and the psychology. There, I admit , I am the best. I am Hercule Poirot.
Poirot* The Mystery of the Spanish Chest.

I read my first Agatha Christie`s mystery when I was twelve years old, and I got on , Read everything I could lay hands on back then, I must`ve read about twenty of them , So I kind of grew out of them and began to get a bit irritated with some small thin
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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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Other Books in the Series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 40 books)
  • The Murder on the Links
  • Poirot Investigates
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • The Big Four
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train
  • Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot, #7)
  • Peril at End House
  • Lord Edgware Dies
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
  • Three Act Tragedy (Hercule Poirot, #11)
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