Hercule Poirot

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (AmazonClassics Edition) Publisher's Summary

Emily Inglethorp has been poisoned. And it seems everyone at Styles Court, from the hired help to family members, had a motive - and the means. But with Detective Hercule Poirot out of retirement and on the case, no one's getting away with murder.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles was not only Agatha Christie's debut; it also introduced her illustrious detective character to the world. Poirot's "little grey cells" would be put to the test in thirty-three more novels, but it was here that Christie and her unflappable Belgian sleuth would set the unimpeachable standard for the modern murder mystery.

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Revised edition: Previously published as The Mysterious Affair at Styles, this edition of The Mysterious Affair at Styles (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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  • Book 1

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Emily Inglethorp has been poisoned. And it seems everyone at Styles Court, from the hired help to family members, had a motive - and the means. But with Detective Hercule Poirot out of retirement and on the case, no one's getting away with murder. The Mysterious Affair at Styles was not only Agatha Christie's debut; it also introduced her illustrious detective character to the world.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator was terrible!

    • By Ashley Dorr on 04-25-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Thorn
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 582
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 494
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 487

    Ms. Christie introduces us for the first time to Hercule Poirot as he solves the mysterious demise of Mrs. Alfred Inglethorpe at her country estate, Styles Court. Many suspects come under his scrutiny but it is his genius to unravel all the intricacies and end up solving the crime in a very surprising ending.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Poirot accent tough to handle.

    • By Kim on 03-18-15

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    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 946
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 882
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 878

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • wonderfully read, engaging mystery

    • By Calliope on 04-28-15

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    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Here is the famous first case that launched the legendary career of Hercule Poirot. Agatha Christie's brilliant and eccentric detective steps out of retirement and into the shadows of a classic mystery. The victim is a wealthy heiress. The suspects are her fortune-hunting husband, her jealous relatives, her hired companion, and others. The solution is a deadly scheme that can only be revealed by the master detective himself, Hercule Poirot.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, narration not 10/10

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-14

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    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Sidelined by his war injuries in 1916, Captain Hastings travels to his friend’s estate at Styles Court to recover from his wounds. As the summer heats up, a tragic murder occurs, and Hastings calls upon the services of his old acquaintance Hercule Poirot. With seemingly unrelated clues - a scrap of a burned will, a false beard, and an empty packet of bromide - the brilliant detective launches his first investigation on English soil and forges an enduring friendship.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't like the narrator much

    • By Rakhesh Sasidharan on 12-01-16

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    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Judi Pennington
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyable book - terrible narrator

    • By Bianca on 12-10-12

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    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Set in Essex in the English countryside, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is one of the great classic murder mysteries. The victim, Mrs. Emily Inglethorp, is the wealthy mistress of Styles Court. After an evening of entertaining family and guests, she is found poisoned in her locked bedroom. The long list of suspects includes her gold-digging new husband, her stepsons, her best female friend, and a visiting doctor.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator unsuited for the story

    • By Jennifer on 07-11-11

    Regular price: $19.59

    • 'Murder at the Vicarage' & 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Joan Hickson, Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 614
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 570
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 567

    Enjoy the first novels that brought the world two of Agatha Christies’ most enduring detectives: Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The Murder at the Vicarage is the first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction. In The Mysterious Affair at Styles, 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The beginnings of Marple and Poirot!

    • By E. Jensen on 07-14-14

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    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Agatha Christie wrote The Mysterious Affair at Styles during the midst of World War I. The book was published in 1920 and became extremely popular because of the well-grounded plot and interesting characters. The novel is set at Styles Court, a wealthy estate in England during the war. The estate's owner, Mrs. Cavendish, had inherited the estate as well as vast sums of money from her late husband.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible Narration

    • By Drwo on 09-07-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles [Classic Tales Edition]

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    Tragedy strikes at the estate at Styles. An old woman dies from what appears to be strychnine poisoning. The funny little Belgian, Hercule Poirot, is called in to investigate, though he appears to disregard every bit of damaging evidence. Has the great detective lost his touch?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Agatha is always a good read

    • By MamaBear on 05-12-17

    Regular price: $9.09

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    One morning the residents of an English estate, Styles, are horrified to find the lady of the manor in the throes of fatal strychnine poisoning. They seek the help of Poirot, a refugee who is staying in a nearby village after fleeing Belgium during World War I. On the day of her death, Mrs. Inglethorp was overheard arguing with an unknown man and became so upset that she altered her will, but no one can find a copy of it and a murderer is on the loose.

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    • Mysterious Affair at Styles, with a Bonus Interview!

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: James Warwick
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Following the critically acclaimed success of Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary read by award-winning narrator Alison Larkin comes the very first Hercule Poirot mystery - The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Totally authentic, delightful narration

    • By Alex on 04-20-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 'The Secret Adversary' and 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Alison Larkin, James Warwick
    • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    In this delightful double-bill of Agatha Christie's first two novels, award winning narrator/comedienne Alison Larkin and TV star James Warwick bring The Secret Adversary and The Mysterious Affair at Styles to sparkling new life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Christie Classic ruined by Warwick

    • By Diana on 12-15-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • Murder on the Links

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A surprisingly complex plot

    • By Vlad-Stefan on 10-12-16

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    • Murder on the links

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Adventures past and present

    • By lerone on 07-20-16

    Regular price: $9.05

    • Murder on the Links

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 740
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 671
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 674

    An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story

    • By Sylvia L. on 01-26-17

    Regular price: $21.67

  • Book 3

    • Poirot Investigates

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    First there was the mystery of the film star and the diamond...then came the "suicide" that was murder...the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat...a suspicious death in a locked gun-room...a million dollar bond robbery...the curse of a pharoah's tomb...a jewel robbery by the sea...the abduction of a Prime Minister...the disappearance of a banker...a phone call from a dying man...and, finally, the mystery of the missing will.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Suchet a wonder!

    • By Toliam04 on 07-05-12

    Regular price: $9.05

    • Poirot Investigates

    • A Hercule Poirot Collection
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 605
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 553
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 554

    First there was the mystery of the film star and the diamond...then came the "suicide" that was murder...the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat...a suspicious death in a locked gun room...a million-dollar bond robbery...the curse of a pharaoh's tomb...a jewel robbery by the sea...the abduction of a prime minister...the disappearance of a banker...a phone call from a dying man...and finally, the mystery of the missing will. What links these fascinating cases? Only the brilliant deductive powers of Hercule Poirot!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Don't let your mind wander!!!

    • By AudioAddict on 10-09-14

    Regular price: $21.67

  • Book 4

    • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 69

    Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant twist..... brilliantly read!

    • By Gladson Barretto on 10-15-17

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    • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

    • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,929

    Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best in series

    • By Deb on 04-20-16

    Regular price: $23.95

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