The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by Agatha Christie. It was written in 1916 and was first published by John Lane in the United States in October 1920 and in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head (John Lane's UK company) on January 21, 1921. The U.S. edition retailed at $2.00 and the UK edition at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6). It is Christie's first published novel, and introduces Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp and Lieutenant Hastings (later, Captain). 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. Also, there are a number of red herrings and surprise plot twists.

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by Agatha Christie. The book includes maps of the house, the murder scene, and a drawing of a fragment of a will. It was written in the middle of World War I, in 1916, and first published by John Lane in the United States in October 1920 and in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head (John Lane's UK company) on 21 January 1921. Styles was Christie's first published novel, introducing Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings (Lieutenant and later, Captain). Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Cavendish, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery.

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Pub Date: 2012-10-30 Pages: 272 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US The first Hercule Poirot mystery. now published for the first time with a previously deleted scene and commentary from Agatha Christie expert John Curran.This is the Agatha Christie book that started it all-the sublime introduction of her master sleuth. Hercule Poirot. and his now legendary powers of detection. Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorp and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom Suspects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Mary-from the heiresss 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 is on the case.

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