The Mysterious Affair at Styles Book Review
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Captain Arthur Hastings is on leave from the army when he runs into an old friend - John Cavendish. John invites Hastings to his home, Styles, for a peaceful retreat. But when his stepmother, ...
Personal Review: 5 stars
The first of a plethora of Agatha Christie books, this novel is suspenseful and well-written. The characters are multidimensional and Poirot and Hasting’s friendship is entertaining. I suspected nearly every character in turn and every plot twist was well-crafted. Every detail and clue is given to the reader, yet it takes a lucky guess or Sherlock-esque skills to solve the mystery before Poirot. While the first in the Poirot series, this book could easily be read without continuing the series. On to the next adventure of the observant Hercule Poirot and the affable Captain Hastings!
-A couple uses each of a–, h—, and d–n.
-God’s name is used in vain a few times.
-A couple uses each of “what the dickens/devil”.
-For a murder mystery, it’s incredibly clean! Little to none!
-It is mentioned that a character is having an affair.
-Characters occasionally drink and smoke.
-”Every murderer is probably someone’s old friend.”
-”You give too much reign to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.”
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