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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Christie Press (September 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619493721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619493728
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This excellent audio production is recommended for discriminating listeners seeking quality audio additions to home libraries. Agatha Christie's tale presents master detective Hercule Poirot, who faces a Sherlock Holmes-style mystery complete with numerous suspects, a myriad of seemingly different clues, and real intrigue. Stan Winiarski's voice lends high drama and tension to this riveting story. --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Agatha Christie, was an British crime writer of novels, short stories and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but is remembered for her 80 detective novels and her successful West End theatre plays. Her works, particularly those featuring detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, have given her the title the 'Queen of Crime' and made her an important writer in the development of the genre. Christie has been referred to by the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling writer of books of all time and the best-selling writer of any kind, along with William Shakespeare.

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Enjoyable read that keeps you guessing until the end.
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This book is quintessential Christie, a Hercule Poirot mystery, and losts of fun.
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Complicated locked room mystery with good characters and a lively storyline.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie on January 12, 2013
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This is another enjoyable Poirot mystery, but I do not recommend this particular paperback edition. It is a text-only copy which means that there are at least 3 different images referred to in the story that do not appear in the book. It's very frustrating.
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There are folks who are big fans of Agatha Christie and there are the folks who are not. This is okay because everyone has their own taste when it comes to just about everything from soap to cars to dogs to food and of course books. This wonderfully wide range of interests and tastes makes the world a more interesting place. Now I fall with the camp who admires the writing and stories Ms Christie churned out consistently for many, many years. To be honest, I have not read a Christie mystery that I did not like; on one level or another. This book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is no exception.

Most Christie admirers will know that, if or no other reason, this particular novel stands out because it was her first published novel and it is the novel where her most famous character, Hercule Poirot is introduced. This work was published in 1920 and has actually been a best seller since that day.

There are many publications, many versions of this book available. The particular publication I am reviewing here is from Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, a publisher who apparently is attempting to reissue all Christie's work, one volume at a time. This is a good hardcover version of this book. I can tell you right now that I have several other version of this book in my library; all are adequate with the exception of the Kindle version which is sort of wretched.

The story takes place in an upper middle class home during WWI. It is a typical Christie novel with the locked door scenario, poisoning and a nicely done mixing of the English classes prevalent at the time the book was written. Here are plenty of logical red herrings present and a very complex plot to pick through. There is also the famous Christie surprise ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ernest W. Riedel on March 24, 2014
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It IS illustrated, giving readers a drawing of the house layout, especially bedrooms, showing who occupied each bedroom and giving the reader an idea of the movement of the characters as they read the book.
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By Olga Karhut on May 12, 2014
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At times was too slow, loosing line of events, had to go back to re-read some parts for better understanding.
But this is Agatha Christie and anyone would enjoy this book.
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Just when you think you have it figured out, Agatha Christie proves you wrong in the best way. There is a reason she is called the Queen of mystery, very enjoyable read!
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Enjoyable read that keeps you guessing until the end. Great start for the Poroit series. The dated nature of the work adds to its ambience.
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A typical Poirot story. The climax and solution came at the very end and as always after several suspects the true culprit was identified. A very entertaining book and the individuals are all very intriguing and playing their parts to confuse the outcome.
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By Susan B O'Donnell on March 19, 2014
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Not the best Agatha Christie novel I have read, but the ending is impossible to guess and it's an amazing mystery.
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