The Mysterious Affair at Styles Book Review

The Mysterious Affair at Styles
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Published: 2003
When a wealthy, elderly woman is poisoned, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot seeks the murderer among a large group of friends and relatives.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles-Agatha Christie
William Morrow

296 pages


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, Emily Inglethorp, is murdered, confusion ensues...until the arrival of Hercule Poirot and his little grey cells, that is!

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!

Content Review:

-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!


-A character has an affair (but there is no description of anything).

-Characters occasionally drink and smoke.

Memorable quotes:
-”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.”