Now Reading Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles


After completing my reading of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, I decided to read my second Agatha Christie mystery, which I also checked out from the library, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.  As I mentioned in this post, I’m going to endeavor to read all of Agatha Christie’s works in order of publication.  I’m looking forward to getting started with this challenge.

I checked out the hardcover version of The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and here’s a quick summary from the inside jacket cover:

Set in Essex in the English countryside, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is one of the great classic murder mysteries.  The victim, Mrs. Emily Inglethorp, is the wealthy mistress of Styles Court.  After an evening of entertaining family and guests, she is found poisoned in her locked bedroom.  The long list of suspects includes her gold-digging new husband, her stepsons, her best female friend, and a visiting doctor.  As luck would have it, a brilliant, if rather eccentric detective is among the company at Styles.

Here, in her first published mystery, Agatha Christie introduces us to her beloved Belgian protagonist, inspector Hercule Poirot, who methodically pieces together the intricate evidence of this bewildering crime.  From his very first appearance, Poirot amuses us with his oddly fastidious habits – then astonishes us with the power of his razor-sharp mind.  Christie keeps us guessing as to the murderer’s identity until Poirot finally presents his ingenious solution to this landmark mystery.  And, voila, one of the genre’s most famous sleuths is born.

I’m definitely looking forward to reading this first mystery by Agatha Christie.  If you’ve read The Mysterious Affair at Styles, I’d love to know what you think!

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Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

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