Book cover, The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Crime
Published: 1920
Reading started: March 24th, 2020
Current progress: N/A
Reading ended: April 4th, 2020. This book was successfully finished in 11 days.
Final review score: 4.5 of 5

Description Agatha Christie’s debut novel was the first to feature Hercule Poirot, her famously eccentric Belgian detective.

A refugee of the Great War, Poirot is settling in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactress, the elderly Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is poisoned and the authorities are baffled, Poirot puts his prodigious sleuthing skills to work.

Suspects are plentiful, including the victim’s much younger husband, her resentful stepsons, her longtime hired companion, a young family friend working as a nurse, and a London specialist on poisons who just happens to be visiting the nearby village. All of them have secrets they are desperate to keep, but none can outwit Poirot as he navigates the ingenious red herrings and plot twists that earned Agatha Christie her well-deserved reputation as the queen of mystery.

I listened to this novel as an audio book read by Phoebe Judge on the podcast "Phoebe Reads a Mystery".