BOOK REVIEW: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
by Agatha Christie
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Agatha Christie’s debut novel was the first to feature Hercule Poirot, her famously eccentric Belgian detective.
A refugee of the Great War, Poirot is settling in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactress, the elderly Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is poisoned and the authorities are baffled, Poirot puts his prodigious sleuthing skills to work. Suspects are plentiful, including the victim’s much younger husband, her resentful stepsons, her longtime hired companion, a young family friend working as a nurse, and a London specialist on poisons who just happens to be visiting the nearby village.
All of them have secrets they are desperate to keep, but none can outwit Poirot as he navigates the ingenious red herrings and plot twists that earned Agatha Christie her well-deserved reputation as the queen of mystery.
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I listened to the audiobook version of The Mysterious Affair at Styles while running. I think it’s a good murder mystery, but the storyline is a bit slow. I found my mind trailing off while I was listening to it, which would cause me to lose track of the various characters (and suspects).
If you like a good murder mystery, this book has a lot going on. You might enjoy it. It just wasn’t really for me.