The Mysterious Affair at Styles
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What to expect
Celebrating 100 years of Agatha Christie stories, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is Hercule Poirot’s first case, performed on audio by Captain Hastings actor Hugh Fraser.
‘Beware! Peril to the detective who says: “It is so small – it does not matter…” Everything matters.’
After the Great War, life can never be the same again. Wounds need healing, and the horror of violent death banished into memory.
Captain Arthur Hastings is invited to the rolling country estate of Styles to recuperate from injuries sustained at the Front. It is the last place he expects to encounter murder. Fortunately he knows a former detective, a Belgian refugee, who has grown bored of retirement…
‘Agatha Christie is the gateway drug to crime fiction thanks to her storytelling skills. Just one book is never enough…’ VAL McDERMID
‘What a writer. A hundred years after her first novel, and we are all still standing in her shadow.’ ANDREW TAYLOR
‘Agatha Christie must surely be the most imitated author in the entire canon of literature – what greater acclaim could there be?’ PETER JAMES
“Almost too ingenious … very clearly and brightly told.” Times Literary Supplement
“Very well contrived.” Sunday Times
“Altogether a skilful tale and a talented first book.” Daily News
“The most ingenious and absorbingly interesting tale of sensations and mystery we have read for a long time.” Bookman
“Well written, well proportioned, and full of surprises. Lovers of good stories will, without exception, rejoice in this book.” The British Weekly