The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie Book Summary

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by Agatha Christie. It was written in the middle of World War I, in 1916, and first published by John Lane in the United States in October 1920 and in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head (John Lane's UK company) on 21 January 1921. The U.S. edition retailed at US$2.00 and the UK edition at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6).
Styles was Christie's first published novel, introducing Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings (Lieutenant and later, Captain). Poirot is described as "a dear little man", "an extraordinary looking little man" and a "quaint dandyfied little man".
The story is told in first person by Hastings and features many of the elements that have become icons of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, largely due to Christie's influence. It is set in a large, isolated country manor. There are a half-dozen suspects, most of whom are hiding facts about themselves. The book includes maps of the house, the murder scene, and a drawing of a fragment of a will, as well as a number of red herrings and surprise plot twists.

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I find it’s anti-semitism offensive.

I absolutely loved it! It keeps you guessing up until the very end and is never at all dull. I finished it in a couple of days and immediately started another one, Agatha Christie’s writing is phenomenal!

Started this book on Wednesday and finished it today. I love Agatha Christie books, and this one is no different. Great plot that kept me hooked, with a twisted ending. Definitely recommend.

Agatha Christie’s mystery novels are perfect. They are intricate and complex, but always with enough information given that the very astute reader can solve the mystery oneself, or at least will feel that they haven’t been left in the dark as a passive observer.

A thrilling, heart stopping breath taking book.....strongly recommend

Superb story telling and plot. Enough clues to boggle your mind in a most delightful way. Beautifully written. It does contain some religious and racial slurs which were only too prevalent in her day (and continue on today). However, an excellent read.

Great book! Love! Love Agatha Christie's books.

Good reading

Hercule Poirot is the best! Agatha Christie, I wish you were alive to make more of this! You are my favorite author!

You can't beat a mystery by Agatha Christie. As usual her characters are so perfect for their roles. Her Belgium detective is always so clever in his search for the murderer. Everyone is under suspicion & she allows the reader to keep thinking they know who did it. And in the end she springs the killer upon you in a diabolical manner. God bless her & her stories.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie began as she ended. In her many years as a writer supreme, she never failed to intrigue, amaze, confound the reader. We were kept reading, even through the wee hours of the morning, unable to put the book down " just until the end of the chapter,. Ha, ha, on us.many were the nights that I read until it was almost time to wake up. I would go around bleary eyed, anxious to get back to my book. Thank you for re-publishing thi great book.

The character descriptions alone are sheer genius - Agatha Christie is unmatched in her craft of writing mysteries. I love all her books.

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About Agatha Christie Wiki

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world's longest-running play, the murder mystery The Mousetrap, which has been performed in the West End since 1952. A writer during the "Golden Age of Detective Fiction", Christie has been called the "Queen of Crime". She also wrote six novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. In 1971, she was made a Dame (DBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to literature. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling fiction writer of all time, her novels having sold more than two billion copies. Christie was born into a wealthy upper middle class family in Torquay, Devon, and was largely home-schooled. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six consecutive rejections, ....

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