In this first novel by Agatha Christie, she introduces the inimitable Hercule Poirot, who would go on to appear in 33 Christie novels and 54 short stories. Outside of Sherlock Holmes and perhaps Philip Marlowe, he is the best-known detective in the history of the genre. The Mysterious Affair at Styles deals with the case of an old woman poisoned with strychnine for her money. Nothing is obvious, however, in the way Christie handles a plot.
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It is just after World War I and Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley are desperately short of money. With jobs on thin ice and restless for excitement, they embark on a daring business scheme - Young Adventurers Ltd. 'willing to do anything, go anywhere'. When their first assignment, for the sinister Mr. Whittington, puts both of them in mortal danger, they have to use all of their ingenuity and cunning to save not only their own lives, but that of the mysterious Jane Finn.
Despite her intelligence, Emma Woodhouse has little to do and is often quite weary of her empty everyday life. Having few companions of her own age, Emma often entertains herself by attempting to make matches between those around her. She jumps at the chance to help a destitute girl of unknown parentage, Harriet Smith, on her quest to secure the local vicar, Mr. Elton, as a potential suitor.
After living a miserable life with her aunt, ten year old orphan Jane Eyre is sent to Lowood, a boarding school for poor children. Within her petite frame and simple manner lies a heart full of passion and spirit. Jane learns to hide her temper, but the injustices of the world still burn in her soul.
"A new favorite."