The Mysterious Affair at Styles [With ATOC] [NOOK Book]

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by Agatha Christie. It was written in 1916 and was first published by John Lane in the United States in October 1920 and in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head (John Lane's UK company) on January 21, 1921. The U.S. edition retailed at $2.00 and the UK edition at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6).
It is Christie's first published novel, and introduces Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp and Lieutenant ...
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles [With ATOC]

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Overview

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by Agatha Christie. It was written in 1916 and was first published by John Lane in the United States in October 1920 and in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head (John Lane's UK company) on January 21, 1921. The U.S. edition retailed at $2.00 and the UK edition at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6).
It is Christie's first published novel, and introduces Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp and Lieutenant Hastings (later, Captain). The story is told in first person by Hastings, and features many of the elements that, thanks to Christie, have become icons of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. It is set in a large, isolated country manor. There are a half-dozen suspects, most of whom are hiding facts about themselves.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013786912
  • Publisher: Ladislav Deczi
  • Publication date: 12/31/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,092,285
  • File size: 477 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 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections (especially those featuring Hercule Poirot or Miss Jane Marple), and her successful West End plays.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly four billion copies, and her estate claims that her works rank third, after those of William Shakespeare and the Bible, as the most widely published books. According to Index Translationum, 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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2011

    the mysterious affair at styles

    I enjoyed reading this book it was very intriging. If you enjoy mysteries you will like this book

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    A brilliant first novel

    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."

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2008

    Don't Be Decieved

    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!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2004

    what a book!!!

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    I love anything Agatha Christie.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Indulging

    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

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    In her usual flair Agatha Christie does it again, this one is one of Poirot's finest mysteries. An absolute worthy read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2011

    Agatha Christie fan

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Great Book!

    This was my first Agatha Christie book I read and I loved it!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    An excellent book!!!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2002

    Muder Strikes Poirot Again

    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!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    POIROT IS BORN!!!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Good story

    A little long, no one will figure out the ending. It's very complex.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    Great mystery

    Agatha is always a great read even in this day and age.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Hercule Poirot!

    Hercule Poirot ahhhhhh....!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2010

    Right Out Of Today's Headlines

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2010

    Great

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

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    Good at First

    I enjoyed it at first, then I started losing interest, and by the end, I was making myself finish it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    Good

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2000

    First case

    Twists and turns that lead you to believe differnt murderers at different times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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