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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Poirot) [Facsimile] [Hardcover]

Agatha Christie
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5 Nov 2007 Poirot

With impeccable timing Hercule Poirot, the renowned Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance on to the English crime stage.

Recently, there had been some strange goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, constant companion to old Mrs Inglethorp, had stormed out of the house muttering something about ‘a lot of sharks’. And with her, something indefinable had gone from the atmosphere. Her presence had spelt security; now the air seemed rife with suspicion and impending evil.

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Facsimile edition edition (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007265131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007265138
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 12.3 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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‘Almost too ingenious… very clearly and brightly told.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Deals with poisons in a knowledgeable way… Miss Agatha Christie knows her job.’ Pharmaceutical Journal

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Captain Hastings, wounded at the Front, is recuperating at Styles Court in Essex. The house belongs to the Inglethorpe family, friends from his childhood. When Emily Inglethorpe is found poisoned, it is fortunate for Hastings that he bumps into his old friend Hercule Poirot, who can help to solve this horrible murder. When the evidence seems to point to one particular family member it is up to Poirot, through his methodical investigation, to prove the real murderer is someone else entirely. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY THE BEST 16 Dec 2002
After reading many of Agatha's books before, i was expecting this to be just as enthralling. But as the first book she ever wrote, i found it to be the best i have ever read. Meticulous Hercule Poirot is at his finest along with sidekick Hastings and the plots and twists of the book are simply brilliant; Christie is a genius. The only downside to the book is the slightly slow beginning but after the first few chapters i guarantee you won't be able to put it down! I gave it to my mum to read and she's been hooked on Agatha Christie ever since! A good read for young and old fans alike.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best and my favourite 27 Nov 2007
Collins have done a good job of sourcing the original jacket for this, only the family could supply a photo of the first British edition of this book design, as well as my own research from my own book the Companion. It is the first and I think the best novel Christie wrote introducing her detective Hercule Poirot and Hastings in their first mystery together in 1920, the death of wealthy new ly married Mrs Inglethorpe at Styles Court. A classic case of poisoning but can you guess who did it? This is the nearest that anyone will get to owning an edition the is the first edition of the first book ever published, and beautiful it is too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Opens the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. 25 Sep 2003
Thirty-year old Mrs Agatha Christie turned a nice little profit with this, her first book, in 1920. It introduced Hercule Poirot. Wisely, she gave him many flamboyant, eccentric characteristics to leaven the depiction of detection work, but unwisely she created a character of advanced age that she subsequently needed to preserve for a further fifty years.
What became the regular Christie recipe for a whodunit is found here. Perhaps there is a tad more reliance on the dispensing of medicines, reflecting the author's occupation during World War One. A formula that she later discarded was the use of a narrator - Hastings - who presents one of the "cases" on his friend Poirot. 1920 and the publication of this book marked the opening of the "Golden Age of Detective Fiction". Expect that there are plenty of servants, plenty of drinks at bedtime, much making and re-making of wills, and characters - including Poirot - who walk everywhere.
This rates highly in the Christie collection for classic charm, readability and ingenuity. Few of her books from the 1920s excel it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Poirot 6 Jun 2012
Any Poirot fan will love this if only because it's the world's first glimpse of the Belgian hero. I was quite surprised at how 'complete' he is - I expected to find him rather different from the character he grew into but, no, he's pretty much all there, right from the start. Hastings is here too and it's nice to see how their partnership came about. Poirot is a refugee from Belgium during the first world war while Hastings is the guest of an army buddy and a poisoning takes place during his stay. Bad timing bad guys!

Christie uses all her devices and tricks from the off - mistaken identity, tangled love affairs, coincidences, secret alliances and red herrings galore. It's a nostalgic, cosy read and - as with all Christie - you have to take the antiquated opinions of some of the characters with a pinch of salt as products of their era. For me, not Christie's best, but a great start to a fabulously fun series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hercule Poirot's first appearance 17 Feb 2011
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This is the first book featuring Hercule Poirot and very good it is too. Hastings is invited to stay in the country with his friend John and is pleased to discover Poirot staying nearby. John's step-mother is murdered and Hastings suggests that Poirot should investigate. There are plenty of suspects and more than enough motives and the twists and turns in the plot will keep even the most observant reader guessing until almost the last page.

I liked the characters and the dialogue and there are plenty of clues and red herrings to divert suspicion. I'm never sure whether I like Poirot himself but I did enjoy this story which is probably one of the best examples of the classic detective novel. There is no violence or graphic descriptions of battered corpses. The victim is poisoned and the plot hinges on who could have obtained the poison and who had the opportunity and motive to administer the poison.

If you have not read any of Agatha Christie's plentiful output then this book - her first published - would be a good place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more! 10 Aug 2010
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I chose this book as it was the first in the series and an introduction to Hercule Poirot. I was not disappointed. The plot kept me guessing, the characters were interesting and well portrayed - particularly Hastings - and it left me wanting to read more of Poirot. I've since read two more books in this series and recommend this as a starting point. You will want more!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow going 4 May 2013
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I thought I would read something different. I found this a bit complicated with too many characters. It didn't capture me at all although I did continue to finish it to find out who done it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mysterious Affair at Styles 25 Jan 2013
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This is the first book Agatha Christie wrote and which we see Poirot. Set during the first world war, Hastings is inujured and ordered to recuperate. At the hospital where he is recovering, he meets John Cavendish a friend of his and is asked to stay with him at his home. During his stay there, Emily Inglethorpe is murdered and Hastings asks John if he can involve his friend Poirot who is staying in the village as a refugee.

Between Hastings and Poirot they set to business investigating "The Mysterious Affair at Styles".

A very good book and easy to read. Would recommend.
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Published 9 days ago by Miss Debbie Peacock
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant debut
Agatha Christie's first novel, written in 1916 during World War 1, set the pattern for many of her classic books - it is told in the first person by Hastings, set in a large,... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Aletheuon
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mysterious Affair at Styles
This is the first of Agatha Christie' s books and I didn't enjoy it as much as some of her others.
Published 17 days ago by Teresa Jewett
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic.
As good as most of Agatha Christie's novels, this is also a classic crime thriller that deserves to be kept perpetually in print and worthy of gracing any bookshelf.
Published 1 month ago by gordon davison
5.0 out of 5 stars A good solid Christie novel
We’re all familiar with Agatha Christie’s little Belgian detective. His facial hair is recognisable to most, either from watching the many films or television adaptations,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Poirot
Poirot's first novel, its my first read of Agatha Christie, after watching the TV series final episodes and its wonderful, i intend to read more. Edition well formatted for Kindle
Published 2 months ago by Duffellbag
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection - hard to believe this was the birth of Poirot
Reading the two versions of the big reveal, so glad Agatha was persuaded to give Poirot his own stage to present his conclusion
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Nuttall
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Enjoyed reading the book on Kindle, it is the first book she wrote and it is very interesting to see the the formation of both the main characters
Published 2 months ago by Christopher J Tillson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Twist
I've read this before, but really enjoyed going back to it. Brilliant mystery with a well paced story and a good twist, what else do you get from Agatha Christie? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lucy Jean Macdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Poirot at his best
If you enjoy Poirot you will enjoy this outing. Well written and an interesting case to crack for the detective!
Published 3 months ago by Fraser Sutherland
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