This is the very first Poirot/Hastings story. Set in 1916, we meet Captain Hastings as he is invalided out of the Great War and goes to convalesce at Styles Court, the family home of his great friend, John Cavendish. By an extraordinary coincidence, billeted in the village is a brilliant little retired detective with an egg-shaped head, who made a considerable impression on the Captain when he was in Belgium.
Styles is not a happy household and in the blistering summer heat, tensions mount. Even so, the tragic murder which occurs is not expected. The entire family is drawn into the case but with their reluctant permission, Hastings calls upon the services of the diminutive Belgian. Thus begins one of the great partnerships and friendships in the history of crime.John Moffatt stars as Hercule Poirot, Simon Williams as Captain Hastings and Philip Jackson as Detective Inspector Japp, who already has reason to be indebted to the distinguished and unique hero of so many mysteries.
A destroyed will, a shattered coffee cup, an old envelope - such are the seemingly unrelated details surrounding the murder of Mrs Inglethorp, mistress of Styles Court. With a thoroughness that is to become legendary, Hercule Poirot, the methodical little Belgian, begins his first - and perhaps most fascinating - investigation.
Cast includes Philip Jackson, Nicola McAuliffe and Simon Williams.
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I thoroughly enjoy the BBC radio dramatizations of the Agatha Christie novels. They are well done and the Mysterious Affair at Styes, is no exception.
It is Agatha Christie's first novel. I read the book and then wanted to listen to the full cast audio. Really enjoyed the whole performance.
I was able to tell the different characters voices apart. All the actors were lively and engaging in character. Love, love all the background noises and side effects.
Wonderful way to relax in the evening after a long day.
Great series start
Poirot is always my favorite. Although he is self important and vain, he is often put in his place by those who don't fall at his feet because of his intelligence. It keeps him humble.
I would have choosen someone with a younger, stronger sounding voice to be Hastings.
I like the dramatizations; the characters really come to life. I didn't really care for this recording's Hastings. He sounds old and dottering when Hastings is suppose to be relatively young and a good man in fight. His inflection was good (showing Hastings penchant for falling immediately in love with every beautiful woman in need). Otherwise I have no complaints.
"Another Fantastic Hercule Poirot ❤️✨"
The very first in the Agatha Christie 'Hercule Poirot' series. This is one of my favourite Poirot's full of the subtle higher class wit we have all come to expect and enjoy as we are drawn into the world of high teas, dinners, served deliciously in between a good classic murder.
Set during the First World War in 1916 as the wonderfully quaint Captain Hastings is asked by friends to retreat to their home at the beautiful Styles St Mary Manor for a bit of peace and quiet well needed to help him recuperate from his time in the war. But as we all know; peace and rest is the very last thing he will get.
Hercule comes to the rescue when one of the family at Styles is murdered. He is a guest in one of the little cottages on the Styles estate as war savages through his dear Belgium and The Lady of the Manor is doing her patriotic duty by rescuing her Belgium friend, only Lady Inglethorpe gets more than she bargained.
This play has it all: Love, Romance, Affairs, Jealousy and a good Murder in a Manor house full of men in dinner suits, ladies in silk gowns all fussed and trust over by an army of servants interspersed with the men from Scotland yard.
A wonderful professional cast, perfectly acted and produced with great sound effects all just as we expect on TV. This is a great radio play that you will want to listen to over & over. First Class Christie.
"Good adaptation of a Christie Classic"
This is a well produced dramatised version of the novel by Agatha Christie. The acting is good and it was enjoyable to listen to though I thought it could possibly have been slightly shorter.
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