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The Mysterious Affair at Styles | [Agatha Christie]

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Ms. Christie introduces us for the first time to Hercule Poirot as he solves the mysterious demise of Mrs. Alfred Inglethorpe at her country estate, Styles Court. Many suspects come under his scrutiny but it is his genius to unravel all the intricacies and end up solving the crime in a very surprising ending.
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Publisher's Summary

Mrs. Christie introduces us for the first time to Hercule Poirot, as he solves the mysterious demise of Mrs. Alfred Inglethorpe at her country estate, Styles Court. Many suspects come under his scrutiny but it is his genius to unravel all the intricacies and end up solving the crime with a very surprising ending.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 01: I Go to Styles

Chapter 02: The 16th and 17th of July

Chapter 03: The Night of the Tragedy

Chapter 04: Poirot Investigates

Chapter 05: "It Isn't Strychnine, Is It?"

Chapter 06: The Inquest

Chapter 07: Poirot Pays His Debts

Chapter 08: Fresh Suspicions

Chapter 09: Dr. Bauerstein

Chapter 10: The Arrest

Chapter 11: The Case For the Prosecution

Chapter 12: The Last Link

Chapter 13: Poirot Explains

Agatha Christie

Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (1890 –1976) was a British author, poet and playwright famed for her crime and detective fiction. The creator of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot is the best-selling author of all time.

A prolific writer, Christie grew up in a privileged background, and was home schooled. A voracious reader, Christie first took up writing as a hobby and then made it her life's work when the pieces she published garnered attention.

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What the Critics Say

"The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduced the world to two lasting heroes: new author Agatha Christie, and her sleuthing protagonist, Hercule Poirot....Christie ushered in the "Golden Age" of crime novels, and continues to mystify - and delight - her many faithful readers." (The New York Public Library's Books of the Century)

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    GERARDO MEXICO, Mexico 10-08-10
    GERARDO MEXICO, Mexico 10-08-10
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    "A complete delight!"

    Besides Mrs. Christie's renowned genius, David Thorn's Inspector P. is a complete delight! This is definitely a GREAT book WONDERFULLY narrated!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn 05-07-14
    Taryn 05-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story....Distracting Narration"
    What did you like best about The Mysterious Affair at Styles? What did you like least?

    The story line is great and great introduction of Poirot and Hastings.


    What didn’t you like about David Thorn’s performance?

    His Hercule Poirot performance is a bit much. His french/belgium accent distracts from what is being said.


    Was The Mysterious Affair at Styles worth the listening time?

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14
    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An average start for Hercule Poirot"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was new to Agatha Christie, and I like reading series in order. I therefore feel that my time was not wasted listening to this story. It is not, however, the best of her work. If you want to start at the beginning, you could do worse.


    If you’ve listened to books by Agatha Christie before, how does this one compare?

    Definitely not her best work, but it's the starting point. Her mysteries get better.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine with one notable exception: the accent used for Poirot is . . . strange. Other Poirot performances are a little less over the top. It was distracting, but I was able to get relatively used to it after a while.


    Could you see The Mysterious Affair at Styles being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    In some ways, Hercule Poirot makes me think of Tony Shaloub's portrayal of Monk. He's not quite as socially impaired, but he has a similar quirky obsession with order, and Monk is definitely inspired in some part by Poirot. If Tony Shaloub were to sport a flamboyant mustache and pretend to be Belgian, I think he would make a great Poirot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Grainne 04-09-14

    professor on leave from Indiana University (IUPUI) •• public historian •• researcher & writer about Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

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    "atrocious Poirot accent ruins listening experience"
    Any additional comments?

    Christie's "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" is a tour de force, in terms of both the story and her charming introduction of Poirot as a character. Unfortunately, my entire listening experience was tedium and downright irritation because of Thorn's over-the-top, and frequently unintelligible, accent for Poirot. (Think of Peter Sellers' accent for Inspector Clouseau––but without the comic appeal.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 01-23-14
    Amber 01-23-14
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    "Observation at it's finest!"
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    I am a HUGE Agatha Christie fan. I read And Then There Were None back when it was still called Ten Little Indians while I was in Jr. High. I have been hooked on mystery/thrillers ever since. I have read multiple books since and have thoroughly enjoyed them. However, I rarely read a Hercule Poirot book, and did not like the way he was portrayed this book compared to others. Either way, another win for Agatha.

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    Lady M 12-09-13
    Lady M 12-09-13
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    "Agatha Chrisie's Hercule Poirot Debut"


    I have always enjoyed Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, but have never read/heard one of their debuts, until now. Poirot first appears in "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" (published in 1920), which took place in a British country manor, Styles Court. A wealthy old mistress, Mrs. Inglethorpe, was poisoned to death, and anyone, including her newly-married 'younger' husband, her stepsons, her daughter-in-law, the young protegee, and the mysterious doctor, could be the murderer; and I found the many twists and turns of the story kept me guessing WHO KILLED MRS. INGLETHORPE until the end.

    Hercule Poirot is one of Christie's most famous and long-lived characters, appearing in 33 novels, one play (Black Coffee), and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975.

    In this debut novel Captain Arthur Hastings' (a secondary character) first description of Poirot is as follows:
    He was hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. The neatness of his attire was almost incredible; I believe a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound. Yet this quaint dandified little man had been, in his time, one of the most celebrated members of the Belgian police.

    Through David Thorn's superb performance each character and scene is easily visualized. His ability to change his voice for so may characters is amazing.

    It's a non-violent (according to today's murder mysteries) light read, and a nice change of pace. The 6 hours and 26 min. was just the right amount of time for me; each minute full of intrigue.

    I recommend it to anyone who wants an entertaining break from their usual genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    iris 09-14-13
    iris 09-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Agatha Christie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mysterious Affair at Styles to be better than the print version?

    No, but great for tired old eyes. I miss turning the pages.


    What other book might you compare The Mysterious Affair at Styles to and why?

    Can't think of one.


    What does David Thorn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A good 3rd dimension. I could just let the story happen.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Anytime Herrcule Poirot would not give Hastings information it made me laugh. Poor Hastings got so frustrated.


    Any additional comments?

    I could listen many times to Agatha's stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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