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The Mysterious Affair at Styles
The Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
Christie's first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is notable for introducing many of the character types, plot twists, and red herrings that would become commonplace during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. Set in a remote country manor with a small handful of suspects, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the quintessential detective story and remains one of the most significant literary works in the mystery genre.
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jenniferw88
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@Avanders I hope you don't mind but I've created this survey for the #cozyswap. I know I'm a UK Litten but as I'm the only one in this swap, I've done it in American English! 😂

I've actually got the majority of my match sorted, just got to decide on one more thing & wait for my matches for #basicwitchswap & #screamathon, so that I can place just one order on various sites!

Will put my answers in comments!

jenniferw88 1. Both. 2. Poirot (although not sure his books can be called 'cozy'. 3. Not sure, but willing to trynew ones! 4. Yes - bracelets and rings. 5. Red! 1w
Avanders Love it! 🍁🧡 1w
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kellock
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As works is almost abandoned today a lonesome lunch has resulted in me revisiting serial reader. What else woukd I read but a murder mystery?!?

JazzFeathers Perfect choice for lunch 😆 l read this on Serial Reader a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I would have never imagined that one day l'd really have read stories on my phone. Sure, a true book is tge top, but having access to books from my phone is handy. 2w
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emilycoc
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I‘m baa-aack! Actually, I never left, but I forgot to post when I started this book. Now I‘ve finished it. This turned out to be a good read - I‘ve only read one other Agatha Christie novel (Murder on the Orient Express), which I preferred, but still enjoyed this one! #agathachristie #mysterynovels #whodunit

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Julsmarshall
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This is the first Hercule Poirot mystery and while adequate, it is not my favorite of Christie‘s. It kept me guessing and was a quick read but the characters were mostly awful and Poirot is such a blowhard. I‘ll keep making my way through her canon but this one was a bit meh.

melissanorr I definitely prefer Miss Marple over Poirot! 1mo
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Julsmarshall
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‪6 books, 2 chapbooks, 22 hours and 30 min. While I didn‘t quite get #24in48 I had a great time and fantastic weekend. Another great celebration of books! 🥳‬ Now to sleep!

wanderinglynn 22+ hrs is awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
LibrarianRyan Awesome time 💗💗 1mo
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Eyelit Nice! 🎉📚👏📚🎉 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Fantastic! 👏 1mo
Librarybelle Excellent! 1mo
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laur89
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It‘s impossible for me to dislike a Christie novel! Although I didn‘t enjoy the setting or the cast of characters as much as other Poirot mysteries I‘ve read, I still flew through this. So many sneaky little clues and hidden details that contribute to the solving of the murder.

Really enjoyed being introduced to the funny & clever little man and his signature mustache!

Lady_Tigana_20 I read my first Christie in high school. Decided she cheated—no way to figure it out because she didn‘t give necessary info. Rejected her books for almost 30 years. Then I read a biography on her. It peaked my interest. I had my book club read and compare/contrast a Poirot and a Marple. I ended up reading every Marple; planning to start Poirot soon. So glad I gave her a second chance. 1mo
laur89 @Lady_Tigana_20 This was exactly my thought when I read my first Christie, a few years ago. I was like ...well obviously I couldn‘t figure it out, there‘s no way I would‘ve known all those things! I do enjoy the simplicity of her writing and the fact it‘s all centered on the crime (no fluff). I have yet to read a Marple but I have one on my list! Which were your favorites? 1mo
Lady_Tigana_20 @laur89, luckily, I had tagged them on Goodreads as The Marple Challenge, so it was easy to look up my ratings. I enjoyed the first one, Murder at the Vicarage, and I gave five stars to Sleeping Murder. Majority received four stars, but there were a couple three stars. I didn‘t care for A Caribbean Mystery. I will say that the early Marples barely had her in them. She‘d show up 75% of the way through to solve the case! 1mo
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laur89
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Today‘s lunch menu:
Baked chimichangas & a Christie book!

Started the audiobook of Poirot #1. So much more fun to hear someone narrate this mystery with all the right accents!

Side note: The picture is from the Skinnytaste recipe I used to make my meal (my chimis didn‘t turn out as pretty, but tasted delish!). Recipe link below ⬇️
https://www.skinnytaste.com/chicken-chimichangas/

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Enjoyed many aspects of this - Christie‘s first Poirot novel. It is an enjoyable romp through the 1920s mystery, with many extraneous clues and red herrings, a clueless “Watson” character, and the classic family drama.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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I have always loved the classic Mysterious and Agatha Christie was the queen of them👸, This is her first book on Hercules Poirot and you can see she was still ironing out her ideas of him.I found it fascinating the way Poirot mind works and all his little quirks. I enjoyed this book very much and I hope to read all of Hercule Poirot books next year.

rretzler I am also a big fan and collector of classic Golden Age mysteries! Christie has been one of my favorites since I was in 4th grade! 2mo
bookvixen ♥️ 2mo
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Liatrek
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Agatha books live up to the hype! I thought I could figure out the murder by trying to pick the least likely person but I failed. I enjoyed her writing style and will ignore the two offensive racist comments due to the time period this was written. I think I‘ll keep going with the series as I‘ve always loved the movies.

Freespirit Her books are wonderful 😍 3mo
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Liatrek
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So excited to finally read some Agatha❤️

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VioletMoonBooks
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I‘ve finished reading yet another Agatha Christie book. As always Agatha Christie doesn‘t disappoint. Full of suspense and intrigue, you really get caught up in the mystery of it. You will not want to put it down. 📚⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles #AgathaChristie #HerculePoirot #book #books #booksoflitsy #bookobsessed #bookobsession #bookoholic #booloholics #bookperson #bookpeople #bookpassion #Mystery #Fiction #Classics #Crime #Detective

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MaGoose
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This was a re-read for me; I'd read it many years ago. It's the first Poirot story. An okay read, a bit contrived. I usually like Christie's books as a whole.

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Sweettartlaura
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My 1920 pick for #192019challenge & for author‘s first book for my local library challenge.
This is Agatha Christie‘s first book, & first Poirot story.
It‘s a little hard to appreciate 99 years later - at this point it‘s beyond formulaic. But it‘s worth a read/listen regardless: it‘s engaging; it‘s historic; it‘s short & sweet; and if you have any interest in the mystery genre, it‘s a hallmark.

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Instinct is the marvellous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.

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Pamdelions
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Mysteries are my favorite genre, and Agatha Christie is the queen.
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#mystery #cozymystery #classics #agathachristie #detective

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RachelS89
Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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My first Agatha Christie book! I started it last night and I couldn't put it down. I've admittedly never really liked Hercule Poirot on the screen; the book-version of Poirot is much more likeable. I'm glad there are 32 more Poirot books; I'm looking forward to reading more 😀

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Mom23boys
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My first Agatha Christie read. I have a little OCD and need to be complete and have start with the beginning of author's books which is quite annoying on one hand but I like it on the other. I loved this book. It kept me engaged the when time and will be continuing on with the next Agatha Christie book.

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Mehso-so

Christie‘s (and Poiroit‘s) first mystery!! My version gave two endings: AC‘s original and the published/edited version. Which was pretty cool. But, overall, not my favorite of hers. A little clunky in places, but fun to see where it all began. #24in48 #MountTBR

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Bookzombie
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I think I might have read this years ago, but I couldn‘t remember who did it. I enjoyed it overall, but I‘m not sure I‘m a fan of Hastings.
#C #LitsyAtoZ #readallthechristies

Cinfhen I‘m embarrassed to say I‘m not REALLY a fan of Agatha Christie 🙈 7mo
4thhouseontheleft Isn‘t this one a Poirot mystery? 7mo
Bookzombie @4thhouseontheleft OH MY GOODNESS! It is! Lol. I retract this for #Booked2019. I was thinking about Christie herself. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 7mo
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Bookzombie @4thhouseontheleft Thank you for catching this. I‘m embarrassed. 7mo
Bookzombie @Cinfhen I really enjoyed And Then There Were None. We‘ll see how the rest of them go. 🙂 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @Bookzombie The only reason I knew this was because I read it last year. 😂😂 Don‘t be embarrassed. ☺️ 7mo
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#musicalnewyear #mysteriousways
This is the first novel where we meet Poirot, seen through the eyes of the bumbling and often clueless Captain Hastings.
His narration brings a smile ..... unintentionally funny on Hasting‘s part, but with the knowing wit of Christie...

The audio is delightfully read by Hugh Fraser. Highly recommended💕🎧

Anyone looking for a #booked2019 book in the public domain, this one would work 👍

jy0tiar0ra This is in my ever lengthening TBR list. Maybe I'll reach it some day! 7mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the #booked2019 suggestion 😊💜 7mo
vivastory I really need to read this one. 7mo
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Campbeje10
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I lovely start into the new year with Christie‘s first mystery. The character are humorous at times even though it‘s a murder mystery. Christie is a great read any time but especially in the winter with my coffee and knitting.

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PickwickPlockPlock
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My first Christie novel is also her first. Some twists were obvious to me, but it was published in 1920, different times. The resolution had one twist too many for my taste, though.
First I rolled my eyes at narrator Hastings, at the end I could have throttled him. The star of the book is Poirot. What a fantastic character, no wonder he's still famous. I saw a tv movie with David Suchet not long ago, and now I can say he is perfect for the role.

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SiriGuruDevSingh
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❤️

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Mollyanna
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The first Hercule Poirot novel. A great mystery and great introduction to our ami and his little grey cells. I read this many years ago and enjoyed this reread. This was Book 12 for #13books13weeks and unfortunately the last one.

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PerksOfBeingABookworm
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Mehso-so

Julep and I are enjoying a lazy afternoon in bed. This book is somewhere between a pick and a so-so. Ultimately, it was the sporadic pacing of the plot that made it a so-so. I‘m still glad I read it and I‘m looking forward to reading more Christie novels.

BookwormM Julep is adorable 💕💕 10mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag Awesome photo! 12mo
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Mollyanna
Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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As I need to get the tagged book finished for a challenge and well, who doesn‘t love a read-a-thon... I‘m in for the #12intwo hosted by the fabulous @Samplergal Happy reading this weekend fellow Littens!

Samplergal Good luck! Thanks for playing along! 12mo
Mollyanna @Samplergal Thank you for hosting! 12mo
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plaidchuck
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What a fun little mystery! A great intro to Poirot who holds his own against Holmes in this first adventure. I enjoyed Christie's economical style.

I enjoyed Poirot being a foreigner and outsider which made him relatable and a fellow companion that we could follow during the case. Hastings is a straight man like Watson but seemed to have more agency than Watson in many of the Holmes stories I've read.

Opinion time! Poirot or Holmes and why?

KristinaRay It‘s been a long time since I read either, but I think I prefer Poirot over Holmes. 13mo
Jaimelire Poirot wins for me. 13mo
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sophierayton
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I started and abandoned this book about a year ago but so many people love Agatha Christie I wanted to give it another chance and held on to the end. My thoughts are, it's ok. I doubt it's Christie's best novel and I look forward to discovering which one is, should I hold on with reading her for that long.

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PerksOfBeingABookworm
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Help! I‘m going on a four day vacation and I can‘t decide what books to take with me. I‘ll be in a wedding while we are in Orlando, so I‘m thinking I‘ll only bring two or three books. What would be your top three choices out of this stack? I‘ll pack the books with the most votes!

JoScho The only one I have read is the Woman in Cabin 10. I enjoyed it. Also I think Moxie looks great but I haven‘t read it yet 💗 13mo
xicanti I've only read the Christie and the Lee, but they were both great. 13mo
Mollyanna Not sure about the others... but definitely the Agatha Christie! 13mo
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Redwritinghood You‘ll probably want something not too complex. I‘ve only read Cabin 10. 13mo
BekaReid Agatha Christie (always a great vacation read) & Ruth Ware. Not familiar with the others at all though 13mo
minkyb I really want to read 13mo
LibrarianJen I‘ve heard Moxie is good and you can‘t go wrong with an Agatha Christie. 13mo
ness Gentleman‘s Guide is so good! 13mo
megt I‘ve heard great things about Moxie and Gentleman‘s Guide! And I think Agatha Christie is always a great choice. 13mo
eraderneely I‘ve only read Gentleman‘s Guide and Agatha Christie, but they are both great! 13mo
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Smangela
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15 min before I have to go inside and little man is sleeping... so here we go 😍😍😍😍

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What a treat to listen to this audiobook narrated by Hugh Fraser. I love his “Hastings” in the “Poirot” TV series. #audiobook #readharderchallenge #agathachristie #ilovemysteries #reread #libraries

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AdaChivers
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I know this is the first Poirot book, but I think it was rushed in the end... A quick, fun read, but not a great book 🤷

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thegreensofa
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How does Mr. Poirot do it! That moustache!!!, I‘m sure it would be stylish again this year..If only he could come to Melbourne and sort out some cold cases. Ah mon dieu! 😀🧐👍🏻

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MadCatRamble
Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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I‘m reading some Agatha Christie as I listen to her new biography. Even this, her first published mystery, is in a class by itself. Her portrayals of Poirot, Hastings and the rest of the cast are so wry and knowing and, ultimately, compassionate. Add in the clever plotting and it‘s obvious how strong she was right out of the gate.

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) 1y
MadCatRamble @RaimeyGallant Thanks! I‘ve got heart eyes for Agatha Christie :) 1y
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Andrew65
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Started listening to the first Poirot book whilst driving to see family - thought it was The Secret Adversary but that one is still on hold. Interesting to see how Poirot is introduced to the world.

EadieB I read that one in 2010. 1y
Andrew65 Believe it or not I have never read this one. 1y
Leftcoastzen I just read it last year and really enjoyed it. 1y
Andrew65 @Leftcoastzen Yes, It is a very enjoyable read. 1y
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Ke633
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#suspense #readingresolutions @Jess7 I can always trust Agatha Christie‘s works to have some suspense! Also, I found a use for my clumsiness.😬 🤦🏼‍♀️

BiblioLitten Wow! ❤ 1y
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CSeydel
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#tuesdaytidbits

1. Might be fun to be Inspector Hastings
2. Star Wars. Original trilogy. Practically every conversation in this house eventually involves a Star Wars reference.
3. Chocolate 😋
4. @ameliask8

readinginthedark Ooh, good #1! 1y
CSeydel @readinginthedark 😄thanks! It took me so long to think of an answer that I had to post my Tuesday Tidbits on Wednesday! 1y
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Chellebearss
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This is the first time I have picked up an Agatha Christie novel and I'm wondering what took me so long?!
This was her debut novel introducing Hercule Poirot and it was a great read. It had all the characteristics of a good murder mystery and I especially enjoyed that Hercule gave the reader all the same clues that he had and left it up to the reader to figure out, if they can. I thought I had it figured out and then they threw me for a loop! 4🌟

wanderinglynn Hercule Poirot is a great character. I also like her Tommy & Tuppence series. (edited) 1y
Chellebearss @wanderinglynn she has so many that it‘s hard to choose! I‘ve heard good things about Miss Marple series as well. 1y
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wanderinglynn Ooh, & I‘ve heard good things about the Agatha Christie‘s Marple tv series. 1y
Chellebearss @wanderinglynn oh, I haven‘t seen anything about the tv show 1y
1001BooksPodcast I think my favorite are Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None. I love a lot of the stand alone ones as well. I love her because there are so many there‘s always another one to read! Great way to get out of a reading slump. 1y
Chellebearss @1001BooksPodcast I‘ve always wanted to read Murder on the Orient Express but feel I should read the rest of the series first #seriesproblems 1y
1001BooksPodcast @Chellebearss I understand that compulsion! These ones can definitely be read out of order though if you want to! 1y
Chellebearss @1001BooksPodcast that‘s great to know, thanks! I‘ll try and get to it sooner since it doesn‘t have to read in order 1y
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Heideschrampf
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I decided to not give a 💩today and have champers for breakfast while finishing the beginning of my new #AgathaChristieInAPoiROW run. Also, I'm contemplating a career in drag. Cheers, queens! 🥂 #daytimeboozing #audiobooksandalcohol #booksandbooze

MayJasper Good for you 😊 1y
Kaye Sounds as if it‘s Turn Over a New Leaf Day. Good for you ! Can you tell me what a champers breakfast is ? Looks like bacon and eggs. 👍 Good hearty breakfast to start a new life. (edited) 1y
Heideschrampf @Kaye haha, nothing too fancy: scrambled eggs (w basil +onions) and bacon. And a glass of sparkling wine. Or two. The german equivalent of prosecco. And a lot cheaper than real champaign. I'm not THAT decadent yet 🙈😂 1y
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Kaye Whatever Floats Your Boat , right ? 1y
Booksnchill @Kaye glad you asked I was about to! Sounds epic- two snaps! 1y
rwmg That cover is NOT how I remember the book 1y
Heideschrampf @rwmg haha no! I just couldn't resist. It's too ridiculous 1y
Bklover I‘d like some of that toast please!! 1y
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Mdargusch Yum! Great book cover too! 1y
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Aaronlisa
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I don‘t know why I put off reading Christie. This was a charming story that works best in its time period and setting.

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#BelovedCrimeSeries

I love Poirot. From his superiority complex to his awesome ‘stache to his little grey cells. 😄 I love that Dame Agatha keeps me on my toes. I don‘t care where I am. If I see a Christie book, I‘m getting it.

#MarchMadness

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