The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom Sus pects abound in the quaint village of Styles St Mary from the heiress s fawning ne

Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe, and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom Sus pects abound in the quaint village of Styles St Mary from the heiress s fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary Making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detectWho poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe, and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom Sus pects abound in the quaint village of Styles St Mary from the heiress s fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary Making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the case The key to the success of this style of detective novel, writes Elizabeth George in her Introduction, lies in how the author deals with both the clues and the red herrings, and it has to be said that no one bettered Agatha Christie at this game.

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  1. 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 the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande

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  1. 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 don t want to [...]

  2. 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 times, depending on if you [...]

  3. 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 without ever gettin [...]

  4. 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 winter da [...]

  5. 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 gained a [...]

  6. 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 appears that foul [...]

  7. 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.

  8. The Mysterious Affair at Styles Hercule Poirot 1 , original publication year 1920Characters 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 soluti [...]

  9. The Mysterious Affair at Styles Meeting Hercule PoirotDame 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.Agatha Christie as a childChristie s remarkable life as a writer had to b [...]

  10. 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 upon th [...]

  11. 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 recently referred to, Emily Inglethorpe occurs The murder scene, a locked bedroom, baffles detectives [...]

  12. 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 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 pretensions to be a d [...]

  13. 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 completel [...]

  14. 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 P [...]

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

  16. Tajanstveni doga aj u Stajlsu je pisan prepoznatljivim stilom Agate Kristi, a zna ajan je iz najmanje dva razloga ovo je roman prvenac Kraljice detektivskih romana i ujedno putem njega Agata nas upoznaje sa jednim od najpoznatijih knji evnih likova uop te re je naravno o belgijskom detektivu Herkulu Poarou Zale inu za lik simpati nog detektiva prona la je u okolnosti da su u njen rodni grad stigle izbeglice iz Belgije koje su tra ile uto i te pred Prvi svetski rat.Agata Kristi je Tajanstveni dog [...]

  17. 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 shows [...]

  18. 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, and [...]

  19. 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 who [...]

  20. 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 novel, [...]

  21. 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 Essex [...]

  22. 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 na vet While Ten Little Indians or better kn [...]

  23. 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 chang [...]

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