You would think that someone who claims to love Mystery books and Thrillers, she would have had read at least one Agatha Christie book, but nope. Not me. I have read a couple “cosy mysteries” but suprisingly I have yet to read an Agatha Christie book
Until today (as I am writing this book review days after I actually finished the book)
The Mysterious Affair At Styles
Edition: Paperback, 304 pages
Published: April 21st 2018 by Independently published (first published October 1920)
ISBN: 1980894981 (ISBN13: 9781980894988)
Series: Hercule Poirot #1
Literary Awards: Audie Award for Mystery (1997)
Agatha Christie’s debut novel was the first to feature Hercule Poirot, her famously eccentric Belgian detective.
A refugee of the Great War, Poirot is settling in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactor, the elderly Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is poisoned and the authorities are baffled, Poirot puts his prodigious sleuthing skills to work. Suspects are plentiful, including the victim’s much younger husband, her resentful stepsons, her longtime hired companion, a young family friend working as a nurse, and a London specialist on poisons who just happens to be visiting the nearby village.
All of them have secrets they are desperate to keep, but none can outwit Poirot as he navigates the ingenious red herrings and plot twists that earned Agatha Christie her well-deserved reputation as the queen of mystery.
Agatha Christie has written a remarkable amount of books, and is hailed as a queen of mysteries– arguable her most notable works are the books she’s written in her Hercule Poirot series. According to Goodreads “her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation. According to Index Translation, she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least 103 languages”. Wow.
As such, I had pretty high expectations going in.
So I am very happy to announce that I really did enjoy the first book, The Mysterious Affair At Styles, and I absolutely cannot wait to read more from her. There is something so comforting(?) about her writing style that I can’t put my finger on. Despite the main plot point being quite gruesome, it’s still does not take away from the bedtime-story-like quality of her writing. It’s straight to the point, no fillers and imaginative. This was a classic “whodunnit” mystery that everyone who is a fan of the genre, or someone who is looking to dip their toe in the genre might enjoy.
Speaking of the mystery, I love that we get to follow around an actual detective throughout the book. It’s interesting to not only piece together some of the clues as to who the murder is ourselves, but to also look at the clues from the Poriot’s eyes and mind. It’s almost as if he is the narrator sometimes which really distinguishes Agatha Christie’s work from other books from the same genre that I have read. It was really well-written and I thoroughly enjoyed guessing my way to the main suspect.
I cannot wait to read more of Agatha Christie’s work.
Have you read The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie? If not, are you planning to read it?
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As a huge Christie fan, I’m always thrilled when she finds a new reader who appreciates her. I’m jealous that you have so many of her books to read for the first time – I have to make do with re-reads! I hope she gives you as much pleasure over the years as she has given me. 😀
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Thank you, FictionFan for this incredibly sweet comment! I am so excited to read more of Agatha Christie’s books. I’ll be sure to treasure her every word.
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I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie, and do you know why? Because one day I happened to watch the TV adaptation of “the mysterious affair at Styles” and decided that I had to read the book.
By the way, if you don’t know the TV series with David Suchet and Hugh Fraser, you should definitely look it up. It is iconic.
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Oooo thanks for the TV show recommendation— I’ll definitely check it out!
ps. Happy to see another Agatha Christie fan!
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