Set in a remote country manor with a small handful of suspects, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the quintessential detective story and remains one of the most significant literary works in the mystery genre.
I love a good mystery and this is arguably where it all began. We first meet Hercule Poirot, a world renowned detective short of stature with an egg shaped head and a luxurious moustache; he is always impeccably dressed.
Poirot is a much loved character and a crime-solving mastermind, using human psychology and his “little grey cells”. He is quite wonderful.
“You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.”
So I powered through this novel on my kindle. And then subsequently read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (link to my review) and Death on the Nile (link to my review) in quick succession. I could read these books all day long.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Christie’s first published novel, and she went on to become (and remain) the world’s best selling author of all time. That’s over 2 billion copies sold! Read about the incredible Agatha Christie.
“Sometimes I feel sure he is as mad as a hatter and then, just as he is at his maddest, I find there is a method in his madness.”
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