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The Mysterious Affair at Styles: A Hercule Poirot Mystery | [Agatha Christie]

The Mysterious Affair at Styles: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe - she of a sizeable fortune, and so recently remarried to a man 20 years her junior. When Emily's sudden heart attack is found to be attributable to strychnine, Hastings recruits an old friend, now retired, to aid in the local investigation. With impeccable timing, Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance into the pages of crime literature.
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Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe - she of a sizeable fortune, and so recently remarried to a man 20 years her junior. When Emily's sudden heart attack is found to be attributable to strychnine, Hastings recruits an old friend, now retired, to aid in the local investigation. With impeccable timing, Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance into the pages of crime literature.

©1920 Agatha Christie Limited All Rights Reserved (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 11-05-12
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 11-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    Where does The Mysterious Affair at Styles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book is one on the best; the Narrator, Hugh Fraser's tone and skills leads the listener on an exciting adventure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mysterious Affair at Styles?

    The way in which the whole adventure came together at the end. Characters were introduced but you never really knew who was guilty.


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    Hugh Fraser's performance was memorable due to the tone and the past in which he lead the listener along in the adventure.


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    O A Chapman 05-10-15
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    Loved it. One point you know then you second guess yourself and third guess yourself. Lots of clues to keep straight. In the end your instinct was correct. Good book.

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    Calliope 04-28-15
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    This story is narrated in the first person by Captain Hastings, played in the well known British TV series "Agatha Christie's Poirot" by the narrator of this book, Hugh Fraser. It's a perfect match, and Fraser is a wonderful performer on many Agatha Christie audiobooks. He's terrific. This was Dame Christie's first book, and is also the first appearance of Hercule Poirot, recently arrived in England from the German-occupied Belgium of WW I.

    The mystery is well crafted and well written, with all the clues laid out but well hidden under red herrings and the setting of a family manor home during the deprivations and suspicions of a country at war.

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