Book Review: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

stylesThe Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The famous case that launched the career of Hercule Poirot. When a wealthy heiress is murdered, Poirot steps out of retirement to find the killer. As the master detective makes his way through the list of suspects, he finds the solution in an elaborately planned scheme almost impossible to believe.

Read on my e-reader, which is fine and dandy, except there are illustrations that dont necessarily make it into the ebook itself – either the proofreaders dont translate the images over, or they dont render in the reader.

This is the first time we meet Poirot who has retired from the Belgian police force, and is living in the UK during WWI. His age isnt given, but he seems to be older than the 30 year old “Mr” Hastings, who has been returned home from the front on sick leave.

Hastings spends his sick leave with old friends, only to find the stepmother remarried to a man no one likes, and subsequently dying from apparent poisoning, several days after Hasting’s arrival. Poirot is living nearby and is soon investigating. Lots of twists and turns, the usual “calling everyone together” at the end, and Poirot thinking he’s giving us all the clues to work it out for ourselves

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