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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie

Date of publication: 1920

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is Christie's first published novel, and introduces Hercule Poirot, Chief Inspector Japp and Captain Hastings. The story is told in first person by Hastings, and features many of the elements that, thanks to Christie, have become icons of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. It is set in a large, isolated country manor; there are a half-dozen suspects, most of whom are hiding facts about themselves; the book includes maps of the house, the murder scene and a drawing of a fragment of a will; and there are a number of red herrings and surprise plot twists.

Plot Summary

The novel is set in England during World War I at Styles, an Essex country manor (also the setting of Curtain, Poirot's last case). Late one night, the residents of Styles wake to find Emily Inglethorp dying of what proves to be strychnine poisoning. Captain Hastings, a house guest, enlists the help of his friend Hercule Poirot, who is staying in the nearby village, Styles St. Mary.

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eBook License: Public Domain in United States - Copyrighted In Europe

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