The Mysterious Affair At Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)

“Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe, and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom? Suspects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Mary–from the heiress’s fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary. Making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the case. The key to the success of this style of detective novel, writes Elizabeth George in her Introduction, lies in how the author deals with both the clues and the red herrings, and it has to be said that no one bettered Agatha Christie at this game. ” – From Goodreads

This is my first Agatha Christie read and for me it didn’t live up to the hype. In the books defence I was reading it at a time when I was a scatter brain and your mood can affect your enjoyment of a book I’ve found. I enjoyed the mystery and figuring out whodunnit but there were a few twists at the end that got me into a tangle.

It reminded me a bit of Sherlock Homes, with the narrator being a friend of Poirot and telling the events of the story. He also didn’t seem  to have a clue, like Watson in Sherlock Holmes, the author makes him appear very dense!

I will read another Agatha Christie one day but I think I prefer Sherlock Holmes and feel it’s a shame that there is a similarity as Holmes is better :)
Sorry if you don’t agree. My mother likes Marple so maybe I should give her a go one day.

Do you like Agatha Christie? Disagree with me please 🙂

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