Agatha Christie is probably the best known mystery writer in the world. I honestly hadn’t read any of her books until the past year or two. My first was And Then There Were None, and it obviously blew my mind. I read Murder on the Orient Express in December, wasn’t as good as ATTWN but a good read. What I did not know, was that it was book 10 in the Hercule Poirot series. (Does anyone hate reading a book in the MIDDLE of a series???) So I naturally picked up the first in the series.
Hercule Poirot arrives in Styles in the wake of the passing of the matriarch. What is not expected is the death to be a murder. Poirot gets to work investigating and interviewing the family to get to the truth.
With many characters, a cash of evidence, and good detective work, Poirot uncovers a plot that will shock the whole house.
It is taking me a while to get used to Christie’s detective novel style. It’s a statement of facts and evidence that leads to the killer. We follow Poirot as he makes his discoveries and interviews. He leads us to suspect different characters. The guilty party isn’t surprising, but the journey to get there is full of twists and suspense.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie receives 3 stars.
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