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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Poirot at his best

So nice how the narrators voice aligned with the voices of the characters from the shows I used to watch on BBC.

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Bravo for Hugh Fraser

The wonderful actor Hugh Fraser (Captain Hastings in the delicious BBC productions) is the perfect narrator for Agatha Christie's Poirot novels. His individual voices are captivating and varied, and he is especially good at Poirot's Belgian accent.

This is Dame Agatha's first Poirot novel, and provides a nice bit of backstory into how Poirot and Hastings became friends. The mystery is full of those features that became a hallmark of all her novels. An intriguing murder. A houseful of suspects. A few red herrings. And, of course, the big reveal at the end. Plus Inspector Japp makes his debut. A nearly perfect first book that stands up well.

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Hugh Fraser's rendition was amazing

I loved listening to Agatha Christie's first Poirot novel! Fraser was an ideal candidate to produce the narration, since he played Captain Hastings in the television series. I'm a huge Christie fan, so I thought it was great! Sure, some parts i wished i could go back and physically read the clues, but overall i thought it was wonderful.