Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

My first read of the year is an Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot mystery.  I’m truly at a loss as to how to review this engaging murder mystery without giving away the plot, so I’ll be brief and endeavor to do my best.

The wealthy mistress of Styles Court, Mrs. Emily Inglethorp, is in her final death agonies early in the morning.  Present are Mr. Hastings (our narrator and visitor to Styles), Lawrence Cavendish (her stepson), John Cavendish (another stepson), John’s wife Mary, and  Cynthia (a dependent relative to Mrs. Inglethorp).  Mrs. Inglethorp’s husband of two months is not there.  The doctor’s declare that Mrs. Inglethorp has been poisoned and immediately suspicion falls on the new husband who will gain a fortune now that Mrs. Inglethorp is dead.  But is he guilty?  Styles is filled with people with secrets, jealousy, and motives.  Typical of Agatha Christie, she leads the reader down false trails, twists and turns, and will keep you guessing until Hercule Poirot reveals the culprit.

I highly recommend this mystery and it is now one of my most favorite Christie novels.  This book counts for The Support Your Local Library Challenge and The Vintage Mystery Challenge.