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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Poirot)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Poirot) | Agatha Christie
Agatha Christies first ever murder mystery.
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Debblyliz
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The first Agatha Christie novel to feature Hercule Poirot. Fun and energetic with Poirot running rings around everyone! Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/11/26/audiobook-review-the-myste...

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Reading Curtain made me want to return to where it started. I think what I love about rereading Agatha Christie is that I'm never the same person I was the first time I read a book - the nuances and emotion I feel in the writing are always different for me. And yes, I know they're murder mysteries, but she put a lot of emotion into most of her books. This was a great reread. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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BGam
Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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Me and my lil brother reading off to sleep 💤. A bedtime activity which we have adopted 📚🤓

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BGam @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yes 😄 it‘s much better than using the phone to go off to sleep . 1mo
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RachelAmphlett
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Just spent a fabulous morning at Greenway House in Devon, Agatha Christie‘s countryside retreat. Loved walking through the rooms and seeing her writing notes and where she took time to relax

#agathachristie #greenwayhouse #nationaltrust

LeahBergen Wasn‘t it amazing? I was just there in August. 😍😍 2mo
RachelAmphlett @LeahBergen I loved it! 2mo
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Linsy
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I loved rereading this one! I don‘t know if I just wasn‘t paying enough attention last time, but I found Poirot‘s expansive explanations less exhausting, more exhilarating. And, as always, I loved all of the scientific detail about poisons!

🎃☠️🍂

#agathachristieclubr2
#scaryscavengerhunt #withamattecover
#scarathlon #teamslaughter

Clwojick such a stunning cover. :) 2mo
batsy I love this cover! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Love the orange backpack! 2mo
ferskner I agree! I just love Poirot. 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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A reread of an old favorite for the #agathachristieclubr2 - it's so funny to read the first appearance of this timeless duo. October's read should be The Secret Adversary, one of my very favorite Christie stories, so feel free to join!

Life continues to be extremely busy and VERY HOT but cooler weather is heading our way, just in time for a weekend of reading and relaxation in our ancient RV - I'm stoked!!

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I was overwhelmed by family stuff this weekend, but here are the discussion questions for The Mysterious Affair at Styles! Please see the comments below: #agathachristieclubR2

ferskner 1.) Is this your first time reading Christie? What was your first impression? 2mo
ferskner 2.) If this isn't your first Christie, what brings you back? 2mo
ferskner 3.) What do you think if Poirot as an investigator? And Hastings as his sidekick? 2mo
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ferskner 4.) How does social class play a role in this mystery? 2mo
ferskner 5.) How does Christie build suspense in the novel? How do you like her style compared to other mystery authors? 2mo
ferskner 6.) Do you enjoy Christie's red herrings? Which is your favorite in the book? 2mo
ferskner 7.) Did you find any flaws in the mystery? Do you enjoy looking for them, or do you want to be carried along for the ride? 2mo
ferskner @batsy @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @AnneCecilie @k.reads I remember you participating off the top of my head, but please tag anyone else you know would like to join in! 2mo
Librarybelle This was not my first time reading Christie, nor my first time reading this story. I‘ve always loved Christie‘s books for their readability. However, I‘m not a fan of her digs at minorities and those of differing religious views. Poirot can slightly get on my nerves at times - he‘s brilliant, and he knows it. Hastings I found even more annoying this second time through. He‘s almost like a comic foil to Poirot‘s little grey cells... 2mo
Librarybelle ...I find that wealth plays a role in quite a few of Christie‘s books. This one has the upstairs versus downstairs feel, with both serving staff and houseguests involved in the investigation. Christie is a marvel at the “locked room” set up - a murder in an impossible situation with so many red herrings thrown into the story. The broken coffee cup. Was it or was it not poison? Who wore the disguise? It was clever to have the killer basically... 2mo
Librarybelle ...in plain sight, having everyone suspect him then claiming his innocence. I‘m not sure I have a favorite, per se, and I admit that though I‘ve read this before, I completely forgot who the murderer is! I‘m sure there were flaws - it‘s not a perfect mystery and novel, but Christie shows her talent. Great questions!! I have to think on these some more! 2mo
Lizpixie 1. Nope, been reading Christie since my aunt gave me a 2ndhand copy of Sparkling Cyanide when I was 10yrs old. I‘ve now read every book at least twice! 2. Characters & plot. She‘s a master at both. 3. Poirot is very arrogant, but he has every right to be, though he does rub me the wrong way sometimes. Hastings annoys me a bit, not his fault, unfortunately she‘s written him as a bit stupid.👇👇👇 2mo
Lizpixie 4. Class defines British society in every way, if you‘re lower you‘ll always be regarded with suspicion & if you‘re higher no one will question you. 5. She builds it with impossible situations, like a locked door mystery, and by putting a teaspoon of suspicion on everyone so there‘s no trust. Her style can seem a bit dated, but she was the original at a lot of this stuff. 6. She can overload on the red herrings occasionally 2mo
Lizpixie 6 cont. My favourite in this book is the disguise found in Johns room. 7. Of course there‘s flaws, compared to recent mysteries she can seem a bit dated. The plot can be a bit obvious & predictable, but she was a pioneer in crime. I just go with the story, poking holes ruins it.💁🏻‍♀️ Thanks for resurrecting this, I love my Dame Agatha! #christiecrimeclub 2mo
AnneCecilie Christie was one of the first authors I read, when I started reading in my early teens. Then I read some of her books, maybe 5 or 6. Then I didn‘t read her until last year. I‘ve been watching the TV series of both Poirot & Miss Marple, and I want to read the books the series are based on. I like Poirot and find Hastings a little stupid but my impression is based mainly on the series so I‘m interested to find out if that change as I read more.... 2mo
AnneCecilie Social class plays a huge role in the mystery, both in the way the family automatically suspects the outsider, but also how the maids are afraid of betraying their employer by talking to Poirot. I find that Christie is good at pointing the finger at everyone involved and completely confuses me. Something that I didn‘t know, is that you can only be put before a judge once for one crime in the U.K. I have never heard of this being the case in Norway 2mo
AnneCecilie So I think I might have missed some of Christie‘s clues concerning the suspect. I don‘t look for flaws, and since I‘m easily fooled I probably wouldn‘t find them either, so I just like to get carried away and enjoy the ride. And feel like Hastings when everything is revealed 😉 your questions really had my thinking and I liked reading your thoughts @Librarybelle and @Lizpixie they got me thinking about the book and some parts a little different 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @AnneCecilie @LIibrarybelle @Lizpixie - hey everyone!! Life has been crazy the last couple of days so I am just getting a chance to check out everyone's comments and thoughts!! I'll add a few of my own after I read what all of you have to say. :-) It was fun to revisit Styles as it had been several years since I read this one. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks First, to answer @ferskner 's original questions - (1) Definitely not my first time reading Christie, and not even my first time reading this particular book. (2) Honestly, one of the reasons I always come back to Christie is her wry sense of humor. I also love the way that, for the most part, she let's us see the clues as well. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (3) Poirot honestly isn't my favorite Christie character as he is a bit pompous for my taste, but I don't usually mind spending time with him. I'm fond of Hastings despite the fact that I think Christie writes him as slightly *too* oblivious. (4) It's always interesting to me to watch Christie's writing change through time, as she was living through a great deal of change regarding society & class. Here, during WWI, we are starting to see the 2mo
TheAromaofBooks breakdown between the classes. (5) I'm a simple girl with simple tastes, so I enjoy Christie's classic approach: set up the characters, kill one of them off in a way that narrows the killer down to someone else within the household, then present clues and red herrings until we have a chance to gather everyone together for the big reveal at the end. I'm not sure I would call this particular story suspenseful as I didn't really fear for anyone 2mo
TheAromaofBooks else's lives, but I thought the pacing was good. (6) My favorite red herring here was probably the overheard argument. (7) There were a couple of times where someone seemed so obvious that it was almost ridiculous that Hastings couldn't see it. However, I've read this book multiple times before, so it's possible that that was my subconscious remembering how things went! Overall, I tend to just go along for the ride and enjoy the way things unfold. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I really enjoyed revisiting this one - although instead of reading her second book next, I almost want to jump straight to Poirot's final appearance in Curtain, which does tie back to this one in some ways. Anyway, I'll look forward to rejoining all of you at the end of October to discuss The Secret Adversary, which is actually one of my very favorites as I LOVE Tommy & Tuppence, and also quite enjoy a good (aka rather terrible) spy romp! 2mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @Lizpixie @AnneCecilie @TheAromaofBooks I love all your thoughts! I'm very fascinated by the fact that Norway doesn't have double indemnity! I really like this book and I'm astounded that it's her first novel. I definitely have a soft spot for Poirot and I love how Christie writes him - pompous, but a bit tongue in cheek. I really like that the solution is a double bluff (the killer is the original suspect)... 2mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @Lizpixie @AnneCecilie @TheAromaofBooks ...something she'll use a few more times! As far as flaws, obviously the racism is an issue, and I also don't get why the killer leaves the torn-up letter in the room. Why not put it in his pocket? Or go get it after the coast is clear? He leaves it there for days! She's not as tight of a plotter as she'll eventually be. 2mo
Linsy Okay, so I know I‘m late to the party, but here it goes... This was not my first Christie, but I haven‘t read hat many other than Tommy & Tuppence. This was a reread for me, and I enjoyed it so much more this time than the last! I can‘t tell if Poirot is just rubbing off on me or what. Hastings is a pretty terrible sidekick, but I‘m loving Poirot more and more! But in my head, he‘s Kenneth Branagh. 2mo
Linsy The “man of the manor” seems to get so much more leeway than others around Poirot. When people of the town talk of him, they can‘t conceive of their lord being the one who committed the crime, although his family is more than willing to throw him under the bus. I really enjoy how Christie built suspense slowly and methodically. The quietness of it made the suspense even more intense, in my opinion. 2mo
Linsy The first time I came to this book, I got really lost with all the herrings and explanations, so I wasn‘t so excited to pick this one up. This time, however, I had the completely opposite experience. Those things built the suspense and enjoyment of it for me. I don‘t know if it was my mood or if I‘m understanding Poirot‘s style better, but I‘m so glad you inspired me to pick it up again! 2mo
Linsy I really enjoy just being carried along for the ride. My husband likes pointing out flaws in magicians‘ performances and I‘m always like — No, don‘t spoil the magic! 2mo
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Oh Hastings!

LiteraryinLititz One of my favorite duos in literature! 2mo
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MellieAntoinette
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I love that Christie rewrote ch12. The original would have resulted in confusion just when we need pristine presence of mind. It isn‘t easy to both unravel a string and leave its components completely intact, but that is the job of the detective as much as it is the goal of a good narrator. Superbe!

#agathachristieclubr2

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MellieAntoinette
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DAG never ceases to amaze me. Writing blessed with succinct simplicity that becomes absolument clear...as soon as Poirot explains it to us.

I think that‘s why Poirot holds a special place in the Mystery cannon. The cheekiest of narrators who may actually be smarter than a 5th grader! The cleverest of characters reigning supreme only when the reader is ready for elucidation and information.

#agathachristieclubr2

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ferskner
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September is almost over, which means it's almost time for the #agathachristieclubR2 to discuss this book! If you haven't finished it yet, you still have time!

I'm going home to Arizona this weekend, but I'll try to get discussion questions posted on Sunday.

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“But, hang it all, one‘s gorge does rise at sitting down to eat with a possible murderor.” 🕵🏻‍♂️ 🕯

#agathachristieclubR2

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k.reads
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Spoiler alert: Monsieur Poirot solves the mystery!

While not the most riveting mystery I‘ve read, it kept me guessing until the end!

#agathachristieclubr2

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Laughterhp
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Finished Agatha Christie‘s first published book and Poirot‘s first case. A great mystery that definitely kept me guessing. I always love a good Christie mystery! 😊

#agathachristieclubR2

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Charityann
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Excited to participate in the #scarathlon next month!😁😈👻🎃
#october #readathons #booknerd

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🥚=🥚 🤔🤔🤔
#agathachristieclubr2

Charityann Listening to this audiobook. 😊 3mo
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Catsandbooks
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3.5/5 ⭐️s While I love how Agatha Christie weaves her stories I did predict this one early on. It just didn't keep me on my toes like her other works have. Still a nice cozy mystery though!

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Lol, that‘s a nice backup plan. “I‘m tired of working. I‘ll just retire and be rich instead.” 🧐
#AgathaChristieClubR2

MellieAntoinette Bwahahahaha!!! If only! 3mo
Readswithcoffee Sounds like a good gig if you can get it😂 3mo
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laur89
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My edition of the first book for #AgathaChristieClubR2 is an Omnibus published in 1993! I saw it on AbeBooks and couldn‘t resist. It feels like a little treasure on my shelf. 🔍

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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! 4mo
Avanders Love it! 🍁🧡 4mo
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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. 4mo
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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! 5mo
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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! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
LibrarianRyan Awesome time 💗💗 5mo
Lizpixie Congratulations 🎉 5mo
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julesG 👏👏👏👏 5mo
Megabooks 💃🏻💃🏻🎉🎉 5mo
Eyelit Nice! 🎉📚👏📚🎉 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Fantastic! 👏 5mo
Librarybelle Excellent! 5mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 5mo
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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. 5mo
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? 5mo
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! 5mo
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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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thea-block
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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! 6mo
bookvixen ♥️ 6mo
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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 😍 6mo
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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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Well-ReadNeck
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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 🙈 10mo
4thhouseontheleft Isn‘t this one a Poirot mystery? 10mo
Bookzombie @4thhouseontheleft OH MY GOODNESS! It is! Lol. I retract this for #Booked2019. I was thinking about Christie herself. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 10mo
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Bookzombie @4thhouseontheleft Thank you for catching this. I‘m embarrassed. 10mo
Bookzombie @Cinfhen I really enjoyed And Then There Were None. We‘ll see how the rest of them go. 🙂 10mo
4thhouseontheleft @Bookzombie The only reason I knew this was because I read it last year. 😂😂 Don‘t be embarrassed. ☺️ 10mo
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KarenUK
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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! 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the #booked2019 suggestion 😊💜 11mo
vivastory I really need to read this one. 10mo
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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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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 💕💕 13mo
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