The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Classic
The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Agatha Christie’s first published book and the novel that introduced detective Hercule Poirot. Hastings, the narrator, is visiting a good friend of his after retiring from the army because of injury. While at Styles, the great house that is owned by his friend’s step-mother, someone is murdered. While the house guests at first believe this is a case of husband killing wife for inheritance, the facts are quickly scrambled and the case becomes quite a mystery. Poirot, living nearby in the village, takes the case to solve the murder of a woman who has helped his fellow countrymen.
As this was Christie’s first published novel, I was very excited to jump in and learn the origins of the great detective Poirot. However, I was a bit disappointed at first. The case seemed to be solved a bit too quickly and was very mysterious. But the Queen of Mystery surprised me with the conclusion of the novel. I did not see the twist that Poirot discovers.
I was pleasantly surprised that even though this was her first novel it was still very good. I can see from the other Christie novels I’ve read that her skills as a mystery writer grew tremendously. Overall, this book was a quick read that I would recommend to anyone who wants to start their journey into mystery novels.