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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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wonderfully read, engaging mystery

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.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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The start of a stellar career

Agatha Christie began her illustrious career with this story. It's not dated at all and hold up well. As always, Hugh Fraser is the perfect narrator.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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You will love this book!!

the story is great and so enjoyable, but the narration is really the crown jewel. Hugh Fraser is so talented as an actor and portrayed Captain Hastings wonderfully in the series. But I had no idea he would be such a skilled narrator! I enjoyed this book so much. I can't recommend it enough.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • lerone
  • ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada
  • 11-05-12

keeps you wanting more

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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Any additional comments?

no

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining

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.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Classic Mystery!!!

I was not prepared to like this as much as I did. Since I had watched videos of Agatha Christie mysteries without ever reading (or listening) to one and since I love English mysteries, I felt compelled to give this a try. The narrator was excellent and it is obvious why Christie's works have endured. The characters are well-developed, the plot is suspenseful without being contrived and overall the reader's mind is engaged the entire time. I am pleased to find another favorite mystery writer to help populate my Audible library.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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british, lovely

The prototype of a murder mystery, spoken by the most fitting british narrator. Very cultivated and conniving. Enjoyed it a lot.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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One of Poirot's best

A fantastic introduction to Poirot's character. Hugh Fraser is a marvelous narrator (and does the best Poirot accent out there), certainly the best recording of this novel. Gripping story, and, as with any of Christie's writing, you don't see the end coming. If you're looking to get into Christie or Poirot, this is the place to start.

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  • Sarah
  • BOERNE, TX, United States
  • 04-07-17

Wonderful Mystery!

This story is SO complicated that even though I'd seen the TV version years ago I still found the mystery compelling. While I had a pretty good recollection of who the murderer was I had forgotten how many of the details, like how exactly it was accomplished and who was complicit in the crime.

Hastings was as naive as in the TV series but also a bit more petty in his relationship with Poirot - who is even more insulting with his friend than I remembered.

The TV producers do a fabulous job with these stories but since they are so complex I found the audio book more satisfying - it's easy to miss some of the details when watching a TV drama.

Hugh Fraser's performance is faultless.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Still Entertaining

I discovered the books written by Agatha Christie about 50 years ago. I've loved them since then. After repeated reading and viewing, I am still entertained by the books, films and TV shows. The stories hold up over time.

This book was the first of the Hercule Poirot series, written in 1920. Some of the language and situations are dated, but the wonderfully complex solution to the mystery is Christie at her best.

Hugh Frasers narration is excellent. HIs accent for Poirot is superb.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful