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The Mysterious Affair at Styles
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

by Agatha Christie (Author), David Suchet (Narrator)
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduces Hercule Poirot, mystery fiction's greatest detective. Dapper, brilliant Monsieur Poirot, retired as the Chief of Belgian Police, is summoned to a magnificent English country estate to solve a murder. The victim: a wealthy heiress. The suspects: her fortune-hunting husband, her jealous relatives, even her hired companion. The solution: a deadly scheme that is revealed by the master detective himself. This unabridged recording is narrated by David Suchet, recognized as the definitive Poirot from public television's Mystery Theater.
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Product Details

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 8 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: AudioGO
  • Release Date: December 16, 1999
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00005473U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
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97 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Hercule Poirot April 8, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1920 Agatha Christie introduced a quirky little Belgian detective to the world in this book she wrote on a dare from her sister. The time is World War I and Poirot is one of a small group of Belgian refugees who has come to live in a rural English village. With his egg-shaped head and his well-groomed moustache, Poirot enters and soon becomes one of fiction's best-loved detectives. Also in this novel, the reader is introduced to his cohort, Captain Arthur Hastings, recovering from a war injury at the upper-class household known as Styles Court. The mistress of the manor is Emily Inglethorpe, an elderly woman who has just married a much younger man. The family members occupying the house all become suspects when Mrs. Inglethorpe is murdered and it is up to Poirot's little grey cells to sift through all the red herrings and, in the final chapter, reveal all in true detective fashion. High on Poirot's list of suspects are: John Cavendish, the elder stepson; Mary Cavendish, his wife; Lawrence Cavendish, the younger stepson; Evelyn Howard, Mrs. Inglethorpe's companion; Cynthia Murdoch, her protegee; and Dr. Bauerstein, a mysterious stranger who lives in Essex. All have motive and opportunity but only Poirot can discover the truth.
This first novel sets the tone for many Christies to follow. The wealthy family inhabiting a country house, the non-violent method of murder (poisoning) so favored by Mrs. Christie, and the light-hearted but often serious romance all became hallmarks of many of her later works.
Have a cup of hot chocolate with Poirot and enjoy the adventure.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of one of the best mystery series ever May 4, 2011
By Jetpack
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Poirot was an extraordinary looking little man. He was hardly more than five feet, four inches, but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military." I love the description of Poirot. This is the start of one of the best sets of mysteries ever made - the first appearance of the celebrated Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.

Poirot is interesting for many reasons, one of the first that he was a famous detective as a member of the Belgian police force. Due to WW I, Poirot has to move to England as a refugee, and remains. It's also the first appearance of Capt. Hastings, the sometimes narrator of the stories.

Wonderful characters, great story. Easy 5 stars.

This is the free Kindle version. A must get if you like mysteries.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Agatha still shines, Kindle's version not so much September 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have always loved Christie's books for quick and fun entertainment. Although I used to own her entire published works in English, I lost my whole collection years ago to severe water damage. Recently, I was talked into buying a Kindle (reluctantly--I still like the heft, smell and feel of a paper book) and I was pleased to see this book was available at the best price ever: free.

However, I was extremely annoyed when I discovered that there is no attempt to reproduce the many diagrams and pieces of evidence discussed in the book; in fact, there isn't even an acknowledgement that they are completely missing. The story will say something like, "Below is a diagram representing the layout of the house", and below there is absolutely nothing.

It turns out that these diagrams are essential to understanding (or solving on your own) the pivotal murder in the story. For shame! This destroys what Christie has always been known for--being completely fair with clues so that the perceptive reader can often solve much of the mystery right along with Poirot.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Kindle Edition November 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This review applies only to the Kindle edition.

There are illustrations which are essential to the plot and referenced in the text. They are missing from this edition. I had to find another copy in order to finish the book. Very disappointed in the lack of quality in this release.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poirot's Delightful Debut January 5, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is Poirot's first case and Christie's debut as a mystery writer. It is an auspicious start to a brilliant career for both the author and her creation. It's a bit over-ambitious; the young Christie was heavy-handed with the clues in this one, and while the ending is a surprise, the last section of the book is just a bit too long for the ending to have quite the impact that Christie would achieve in later works. This is perhaps the only Christie book about which one can say there are "too many clues;" it is nonetheless an astounding achievement for a first-time author. And, of course, any fan of Poirot will want to read the case that "started it all."
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start to a Great Career December 7, 2004
Many have read Murder on the Orient Express and other classic Agatha Christie books. I probably read my first Christie book 25 years ago.

But I had never heard of her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, before spotting it in a library. This book is certainly not her best. But it is certainly worth reading. Interestingly, despite introducing her famous detective Hercule Poirot to the reader, she treats him as a person who people should know if they know anything about detectives, as someone with whom we are all acquainted already.

The plot has all the hallmarks of Agatha's later works. A person dies. There are small assorted clues, but nothing like a smoking gun. There are people who hate the victim, and people who love them, but Christie manages to draw suspicion upon both sets of characters alike without making the plot seem forced. The intricate plan for the murder that eventually comes out is similarly within the realm of possibility.

The only real problem I had was that when Poirot revealed the final clue, it was something none of us could have guessed beforehand. Still, this was a good first effort in a marvelous career for Agatha Christie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Christie never fails to surprise!
I extremely enjoyed reading this one! Christie is a marvel when it comes to mystery novels.
Besides the thrilling ride of the book, the other thing that pleased me was the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by The Cuban Macaw
4.0 out of 5 stars M. Poirot begins
This introduction to the Belgian detective has the earmarks of his famous cases. I particularly like Hastings who has such a good heart even if he's not as brilliant as his... Read more
Published 4 days ago by By Betsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good classic read
This is a good reminder of why these books have endured over all these years. Enjoy matching wits with the great detective, and see if you can figure it out.
Published 8 days ago by George Ferenczi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like all of Agatha Christie novels it keeps you riveted I enjoyed it a lot.
Published 10 days ago by Deniece Chapa
5.0 out of 5 stars I found out from this my mother loved Agatha Christie and all her...
read this book as part of a 2015 reading challenge. It falls under the category "read a book your mother read when she was young". Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jacqui Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars famous Detective in a wierd plot
First time read for me of an Agatha novle. Just didn't engage me.
Published 13 days ago by Cat McKenzie
3.0 out of 5 stars Since I like mystery novels I decided to try out the pre-eminent ...
Since I like mystery novels I decided to try out the pre-eminent mystery writer. This is the first of her Poirot stories. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Philip Greco
1.0 out of 5 stars Should Be Illegal
How do you take a book that is Public Domain and therefore FREE and charge for it???
Published 14 days ago by Holly
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Edition of the Mysterious Affair at Styles
This is where it all begins. Not going to recap the storyline, but if you are a Poirot fan, this is where you want to stop. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Danielle N. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book had me from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. If you are a fan of Agatha Christie this is a book to read
Published 19 days ago by Ryan Chastain
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