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The Mysterious Affair at Styles
     

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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by Agatha Christie
 

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The novel is set in England during World War I at Styles Court, an Essex country manor (also the setting of Curtain, Poirot's last case). Upon her husband's death, the wealthy widow, Emily Cavendish, inherited a life estate in Styles as well as the outright inheritance of the larger part of the late Mr. Cavendish's income. Mrs. Cavendish became Mrs. Inglethorp upon

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The novel is set in England during World War I at Styles Court, an Essex country manor (also the setting of Curtain, Poirot's last case). Upon her husband's death, the wealthy widow, Emily Cavendish, inherited a life estate in Styles as well as the outright inheritance of the larger part of the late Mr. Cavendish's income. Mrs. Cavendish became Mrs. Inglethorp upon her recent remarriage to a much younger man, Alfred Inglethorp. Emily's two stepsons, John and Lawrence Cavendish, as well as John's wife Mary and several other people, also live at Styles. John Cavendish is the vested remainderman of Styles; that is, the property will pass to him automatically upon his stepmother's decease, as per his late father's will. The income left to Mrs Inglethorp by her late husband would be distributed as per Mrs. Inglethorp's own will.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011924910
Publisher:
Del Williams Media
Publication date:
11/22/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
148 KB

Meet the Author

Dame Agatha Christie, DBE, (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), was a British crime writer of novels, short stories and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best remembered for her 80 detective novels—especially those featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple—and her successful West End theatre plays.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Christie is the best-selling writer of books of all time and, with William Shakespeare, the best-selling author of any kind. Only the Bible has sold more than her roughly four billion copies of novels. According to UNESCO, Christie is the most translated individual author, with only the collective corporate works of Walt Disney Productions surpassing her. Her books have been translated into at least 103 languages.[

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 200 reviews.
Alexandra Fisher More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book it was very intriging. If you enjoy mysteries you will like this book
wookietim More than 1 year ago
This was Christies first published novel and the introduction of Poirot to the world. While it suffers from the fact that Poirot is not the calm and methodical detective he would later become it soars in the plotting and intricacy of the mystery. What would seem to be a straightforward murder mystery becomes a tangled web of clues - a Christie trait that she establishes from the very beginning. And, just as she would later make her trademark, all the clues are there in front of the reader... it just takes the mind of Poirot to put them together. It's hard to say much more without giving spoilers away so I will stop now... I will just say that this is a "Must read."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book! Agatha's first Hercule Poirot novel. Wasn't sure what to expect since the book was written in 1920, but found it as enjoyable as all the other Poirot novels! My only clue to the solution? : If you listen to people you will be in for a gigantic surprise at the end of the book! Very good Highly reccomended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such an exciting book. i read it in one day. i couldn't put it down. it always kept me guessing and i didn't even think the killer was gonna be who it was. the only thing that bugged me was the fact that poirot kept not telling hastings his ideas. i wanted to know too, so it bothered me. other than that, the book was fantastic.
Laynesnana More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading the background of Hercule Poirot..I would have loved this book more if it was a little longer..but that said, I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In her usual flair Agatha Christie does it again, this one is one of Poirot's finest mysteries. An absolute worthy read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I simply love Poirot. He is clever, highly intellegent and the most polite detective ever. Agatha Christie is a natural story teller and mistery writer. You will enjoy trying to figure out who the killer is before Poirot reveals it to you. Enjoy
Christina85 More than 1 year ago
This was my first Agatha Christie book I read and I loved it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This first poirot book finds poirot looking for the killer of an wealthy lady.The lady dies in her locked bedroom and in her last breath she says her husband's name.Was it her money loving spouse,her two sons,her doctor or her companion. And this book shows that the person who is the most helpful somtimes has the most to hide!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book shows the birth of Hercule Poirot as he advances in what he would do for the rest of his life, Private Investigating. This keeps you guessing more and more depending on how many times you have read the book.
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Quite brilliant. Better than I was expecting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of Agatha Christie. I like mysteries and hers are not really deep, but do make you think a bit. Poirot is not my favorite character of hers. He's too fussy, but I do enjoy Miss Marple. So prim and proper.
LReece More than 1 year ago
I have been an Agatha Christie fan since high school and have just picked them up and started reading her works again. This one as usual did not disappoint me. I particularly like reading any with Hercule Poirot. The way they are written keeps you in suspence until the very end. Even though the publish date is 1916, it reads like a murder taken right out of todays headlines. A very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book read on my nook, and it was a great starter. The first Hercule Poirot book, in which the culprit is never clear. The only problems were that the letter and will evidence "fascimiles" were not able to be seen (the contents are revealed shortly after they are mentioned) and the cover. Why can't the original be used, or something slightly less tacky.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book that I've read by Agatha Christie and I really enjoyed it. She really kept you guessing until she let you know what the real killer was. I was definitely surprised and I liked the way Poirot handled everything. He was very clever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Novel is one of many. The way she has written her characters in this book is just amazing!!! The Mystery is one that you cant take your eyes away from the page!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twists and turns that lead you to believe differnt murderers at different times.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Hercule Poirot at the top of his game.
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Great story!!
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Agatha Christie can always be counted on for a good mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Free on overdrive