BOOK REVIEW: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot,#1)

145ae73c464ce4ac21ba97c6b94ca732ISBN13: 0553265873
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publication date: September 1961
Format: Paperback
Pages: 182 pages


Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery.


“Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.”

I have been in a massive book slump lately and I couldn’t finish a book for weeks already. So, I decided to pick up a Christie book to finally cure it.

This book is just like any Agatha Christie book that you will ever read in your lifetime. This will make you think, observe, and analyze the situation and you would come out with a conclusion yourself. There were a lot of suspects in this book and as always I got the murderer wrong. There is something about Agatha’s writing that will make you least suspect the most obvious person. She will twist and turn all the clues that will make you ask yourself, “how did I not see that?”.

A Mysterious Affair at Styles is about Mrs. Inglethorp, the owner of Styles Court, who dies all of a sudden one morning. Seeing that there was a foul play, the family brought in Hercule Poirot to investigate.

I love how in every clue that Poirot is getting, I come up with my own ideas on how the murder happened. I was also thinking who the murderer, I’ve been suspecting one person in particular because I think that person has ill feeling towards Mrs. Inglethorp. But as usual, that person was not the murderer.

It was fun going all around Styles Court with Hastings and Poirot. Even the smallest things will be taken in because as Poirot says, “Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory—let the theory go.” And as I’ve read more into the book, he was right. If you missed one small thing everything would be different. He might not get who the real murderer is.

Agatha also has a way of ending a book. I love how Poirot explains in the end how he knew who the real murderer is. Since this book was narrated by Hastings, it was also fun forming conclusions together with him and Poirot.

Overall, you can never go wrong when you read an Agatha Christie book. You could finish her book in a day or two. Her novels would make you think but it would also make you laugh.

This book is highly recommended from me. If you are still starting out reading her works, you could start with this book because it is some of her first novels.

Thank you for reading up until here!

xo, Cath



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