- Hardcover: 222 pages
- Publisher: Mud Puddle Books; 11th edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594121141
- ISBN-13: 978-1594121142
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (834 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,636,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) Hardcover – 2006
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Although Curtain was written during the London blitz in the early years of World War II, it never got published until 1975. The reason being that in this book the famous detective Hercule Poirot concludes his wonderful career. Agatha Christie wanted Poirot not to survive his creator. Therefore she finished his career by writing Curtain and locked the manuscript in a bank vault. Dame Agatha Christie died on January 12, 1976, one year later than her most famous creation.
Curtain is a vintage Christie. The plot is ingenious and seems totally committed to putting the reader on the wrong track. Although the actual motive and operation procedure of the murderer are quite dubious and unbelievable¸ there is only one word that can truly describe the denouement: sublime. In a few lines Poirot explains how the unsuspicious reader probably missed five smartly interwoven clues. When you read these lines you can only but hit yourself on the head for being so short-sighted, exactly the same feeling reflected by Captain Hastings at the end of the book.
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This book is noteworthy in that it is the first book to introduce the world to the inimitable Hercules Poirot.Published 7 days ago by David W. Hensley
Agatha Christie is my favorite author. Really gets the "little grey cells" to working.Published 18 days ago by Pearl Gagnon