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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (50,042 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Hugh Fraser Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hercule Poirot Mysteries Release Date:
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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, who recently remarried to a man twenty 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.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the quintessential detective story and remains one of the most significant literary works in the mystery genre.

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  • “Though this may be the first published book of Miss Agatha Christie, she betrays the touch of an old hand…You may safely make a wager with yourself that until you have heard M. Poirot’s final word on the mysterious affair at Styles, you will be kept guessing at its solution and will most certainly never lay down this most entertaining book.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The only fault this story has is that it is almost too ingenious…It is said to be the author’s first book, and the result of a bet about the possibility of writing a detective story in which the reader would not be able to spot the criminal. Every reader must admit that the bet was won.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Greta Kimel | 2/15/2014

    " One of the best surprise endings ever! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike Barresi | 2/13/2014

    " Although I feel great having read my first Christie novel, and the first Poirot one at that, I can't say I was highly impressed. Poirot and Hastings had too many similar notes to Holmes and Watson, but one can't blame Christie for that. I intend on reading more of Christie and hope to expand to some Miss Marple. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Benjamin | 2/12/2014

    " Poirot's first case is a quick and entertaining read and it kept my interest. The clues were not obvious enough for me to solve the mystery before hand, and there were plenty of red herrings, but it was still a fun read. I would read more of this series if only for the challenge of exercising my deductive powers. The characters are believable and I enjoyed the relationship between Hastings and Poirot. It was not one of troubled genius and everyman simpleton (ala Holmes and Watson), but rather more dispassionate experienced Poirot and passionate young Hastings. It's more egalitarian. Also, as a side note, its also interesting to catch and observe some of the vocabulary used by Christie from the 1920's that you would never hear anyone using today. My favorite was the liberal use of the verb "ejaculate". Our book club had a good laugh about where we would be able to inject that word into modern conversations. Sadly, we couldn't find a acceptable example. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elissa | 2/10/2014

    " A delightful mystery. It had me stumped up until the last few pages. Poirot is a brilliant character, and Hastings makes a delightful, adorable side kick. "

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