The Mysterious Affair at Styles / Agatha Christie

Title / The Mysterious Affair at Styles 
Author / Agatha Christie
Publication Date / 1920 (first published)
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Goodreads synopsis: 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.


Although this is the first case within the Poirot series, this was actually my second encounter with the detective. I had picked up Murder on the Orient Express last year and after really enjoying I decided to try out more books. This is the one I happened to pick up next. As with the previous case I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it to be a relatively quick and entertaining read with a case that kept me guessing. You are continually wondering where Poirot is going with something and whether you are on the right track in terms of the case. I have to admit that I am generally not. I had an inkling about this one but after a certain turn of events I wasn’t so sure. That is the great thing about these books – Christie lets you try and figure things out before resolving everything at the end. Even if you did predict the outcome I think it would still be enjoyable to watch things unfold. However I am always left guessing. As with the previous Poirot book the plot was engaging and entertaining. The writing was, once again, a pleasure to read. I found them easy to read and quick to draw you into the story. Therefore this would be a great place to start if you are new to Agatha Christie and Poirot – it is the first case after all. Poirot makes a fantastic character – his mannerisms and characteristics make him a character you want to read more of. Although I have to admit that I found Hastings a little irritating at times but it wasn’t a big issue for me. I liked that he is there as a kind of counter balance to Poirot. The pacing is wonderfully done. I never felt bored while reading or felt that it had started to drag. Suspense makes it an engrossing read. That is another great thing about the two Poirot books – the suspense and tension is built so well. Sometimes you are barely aware of it, but in a good, subtle way.


Overall I very much enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it. I am planning to try out more Christie books, specifically more of the Poirot cases, as I have enjoyed the two that I have read. Although I read them out of order it doesn’t really matter – to the best of my knowledge each book can be read as a standalone as each book has different cases. If you like crime books then you should give these books a go. I know this has been quite a short review but hopefully that just means that I have put my points across concisely :). Have you read any Poirot books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.





14 thoughts on “The Mysterious Affair at Styles / Agatha Christie

  1. Ooh thanks for this post! I have Murder on the Orient Express too but I like starting at the beginning of crime series. I’ve read one of her stand alones, ‘And Then There Were None’ and really enjoyed it. Read it in one sitting. have you read any Sherlock Holmes? Over a few years I started at the beginning of those and worked my way through and loved them!

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  2. Thanks for the recommendation! I love a good Agatha Christie and have very old copies of ‘Murder on the Links’ and ‘The ABC Murders’. I completely agree with you about the character of Poirot – I think he’s her best detective 🙂

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  3. Thanks for the review…I was planning to get an Agatha Christie book and your review decided the book for me. I really love Poirot! So far my favourite it Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I was a tad bit disappointed with Orient Express as I had great expectations for the book and felt it didnt reach to that level.

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  4. Great review! I am a fan of Agatha Christie as well. My favorite would have to be ‘The Mousetrap.’ I do need to read more with Poirot though since he is a fascinating character just like Sherlock Holmes. There is just something wonderful about British murder mysteries.

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  5. I recently read ‘The Mysterious Affair At Styles’ and really loved it! It was quite surprising to me that it was Agatha Christie’s first book – it’s written with such polish! Have you read ‘Death On The Nile’? It’s another great book by her!

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