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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!

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Clwojick such a stunning cover. :) 2w
batsy I love this cover! 2w
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ferskner
The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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Up next for the #agathachristieclubR2 is this first Tommy and Tuppence romp! Join us at the end of the month for a discussion of Christie's spy thriller.

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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? 2w
ferskner 2.) If this isn't your first Christie, what brings you back? 2w
ferskner 3.) What do you think if Poirot as an investigator? And Hastings as his sidekick? 2w
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ferskner 4.) How does social class play a role in this mystery? 2w
ferskner 5.) How does Christie build suspense in the novel? How do you like her style compared to other mystery authors? 2w
ferskner 6.) Do you enjoy Christie's red herrings? Which is your favorite in the book? 2w
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? 2w
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! 2w
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... 2w
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... 2w
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! 2w
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.👇👇👇 2w
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 2w
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 2w
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.... 2w
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 2w
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 2w
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. 2w
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. 2w
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 2w
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 2w
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. 2w
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! 2w
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)... 2w
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. 2w
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. 2w
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. 2w
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! 2w
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! 2w
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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!

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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.

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hes7
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A satisfying murder mystery for Hercule Poirot‘s first case. #agathachristieclubr2 #mounttbr

Book 4 of #24b4Monday ✔️
Time: 14h10m

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janeycanuck
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Quite a delight - though I did have to go back to listen to some parts again! Looking forward to the #agathachristieclubr2 discussion.

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TheAromaofBooks
What Katy Did | Susan Coolidge
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I haven't been tracking my time for this round of #24b4Monday but am trying to read the first four books in Susan Coolidge's Katy books. Finished this one last night and am almost done with the second - 245 pages so far!! I also need to reread The Mysterious Affair at Styles for #agathachristieclubr2 !!

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Librarybelle
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A re-read for #agathachristieclubr2 , and I chose to listen to it this time. Hercule Poirot‘s first appearance in a Christie novel (and her first novel) involves red herrings and Christie‘s love of poison discussion. The audio was great to listen to, even if I swear the narrator mispronounced some of the French words. A good revisit to get back into the Christie readings!