You haven’t read mystery until you’ve read Agatha Christie. Some might argue that Sherlock Holmes is the ultimate detective, but Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot is my favorite. The little Belgian with the twirly mustaches, funny accent, love for sirops and penchant for little grey cells has entertained many a mystery fan for a century. And he makes his debut in Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
This book is narrated in the voice of Captain Hastings, Poirot’s friend and right hand who is as famous a character as Poirot himself. The story is set in a mansion and gave rise to the popular ‘manor house’ format of mystery stories. Hastings is recovering from a wound after the war and is the guest of his friend John Cavendish in their country home Styles Court. John’s step mother is newly married to a rather young husband. She is found murdered and John is a suspect. Hastings ropes in Hercule Poirot who happens to be living in the nearby village. There is an abundance of suspects and clues and it is upto Poirot and his little grey cells to figure out who done it. Series regulars like Inspector Japp also make an appearance.
If you are a Poirot fan, you must definitely read this one. Or reread it. If you are just getting started reading books, especially mysteries, this is the first of a number of popular stories starring Hercule Poirot, and hence not to be missed.