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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Classic
"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" was Agatha ChristieÂ's first crime novel. Written in 1916, thus at the middle of First World War, it depicts a (meanwhile also historically interesting) picture of that age. Though IÂ'm afraid to admit it shows the latent anti-Semitism of that time which time and again shines trough at ChristieÂ's elder books. Otherwise this first...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not predictable end
This is very interesting and dinamic book you read breathless.In this complicated story the end is un-predictable.Strongly recomendations.
Veröffentlicht am 21. März 1998 von tatic@eunet.yu


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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Classic, 6. März 2004
"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" was Agatha ChristieÂ's first crime novel. Written in 1916, thus at the middle of First World War, it depicts a (meanwhile also historically interesting) picture of that age. Though IÂ'm afraid to admit it shows the latent anti-Semitism of that time which time and again shines trough at ChristieÂ's elder books. Otherwise this first Christie-crime is a typical exponent of his genre. A wealth elder woman was murdered and the question after the murderer breaks but everybody is a possibility more or less. Till to the solution you are constantly led on other trails.
One and other things however are to complain at her first novel, thus the plot is a bit badly structured, the author actually doesnÂ't give a chance to unmask the offender oneself and the solution goes quite complicated.
But the story is written well and especially the persons of Hercule Poirot and Hastings are outstandingly introduced and described. Result: in spite of light weak points an absolute classic !
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5.0 von 5 Sternen synopsis, 23. September 1999
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When Hastings goes to his friend's mother's home, he finds out that she has just married. Soon Hastings senses that something is amiss. The murder is committed and it just so happens Hastings old pal Hercule Poirot is staying at a Belgian boarding house nearby. Hastings asks Poirot to take the case, and the rest as they say in America; is history!!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Worthy First Novel, 6. Juli 2000
The first novel ever by the queen of mysteries is elegently done and contains a colorful and sort of exotic plot and characters, introducing her famous detective Poirot. But the story drags, only a bit, in the middle but the very end is fast paced and a sheer surprise. It may not be her best novel but this is a great one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Who has done it ?!, 28. Juni 2002
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Agatha Christie was honoured to the best author of century by Bouchercon Mystery Convention. "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" was her first book she published and on it the opening night of Hercule Poirot - a little, Belgian detective with an egg head. Usually accompanied by his friend Hastings, Poirot solves partly difficult mysteries in course of his novels which are all just about that one - who was the murderer ?!
It's time of war. Hastings who was wounded at the front decides to visit his old friend John Cavendish in his home holiday. When his stepmother dies in her room, of course everybody believes in a natural death because all doors have been closed... But in time the suspicion amplifies concerning the anyway by the family hated husband. But Monsieur Poirot is not convinced from his guilty and starts to investigate...
"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" is one of the books that absorb you at once. There always emerge new murder theories by the given fact points only to be dismissed the next page. A succeeded start of a series of most different adventures with the little Belgian and his friend.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Smashing debut for Christie and Poirot!, 16. Mai 2000
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For anyone just starting to read mystery novels and particularly anyone who is new to Agatha Christie, I would highly recommend starting with this, the first Poirot mystery. Poirot has recently come to England as a WW1 war refugee. Shortly after his arrival, he encounters an old friend Captain Hastings, who serves as the perfect Watson to Poirot's Holmes. An old lady who had been of great help to Poirot is murdered and he feels an obligation to find her killer. A simple premise but Christie builds a wonderfully complex mystery upon it, with multiple suspects, several red herrings and a lot of atmosphere. The ending is a genuine shocker and the mystery is nicely interposed with comedic moments due to Captain Hastings' various observations about life and love, most of which show his intelligence to be decidedly inferior to that of his little Belgian friend! Definitely do not miss - you will thoroughly enjoy it!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Debut for Poirot and Christie, 13. Juni 2000
This is Agatha Chritie's firt novel and Hercule Poirot's first case. It's also a great read. I was first introduced to Agatha Chritie in sixth grade by my gifted teacher, and have been a Poirot fan ever since--I did a book report on a Ms. Marple book, but decided later that that funny little Belgian gent was more my type. Christie creates a wondeful and entertaining character in Hercule Poirot. He's conceited in a funny way, immaculately groomed, and brilliant in solving crimes; he also has a way of dropping subtle and interesting crumbs along the way and not revealing all he know until the end. Christie never fails to surprise, either, as to who the perpatrator is. This ending is truly the last you'd expect. The Queen of the mystery genre (says who? me, that's who) is at her most wonderful prime in this delightful first novel. It's inriguingly written, the characters are great, and it is short. A must read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A SUCCESSFUL DEBUT FOR CHRISTIE, 2. August 1998
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For those of you like me, a person who has read almost all of Christie's work and just now turning to the book that started it all, you will feel a sort of nostalgia. Poirot is at his most delightful in this book, Hastings at his most cocky-turned-bumbling self, and the cast of characters the epitome of classic mystery.
The Mysterious Affair also proves that Christie knew from the start what made a mystery shocking and complex. The plot structure, one that has been used in at least one other book, is one of the more ingenious takes on mystery writing. It is only second to that which was used in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Endless Night.
I can find nothing wrong with this book. While not the best out of her work, this is certainly a very good example of Golden Age mystery--it virtually defines the term. A perfect example for those searching for Golden Age and all Christie/mystery lovers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vintage Agatha Christie, 3. Oktober 1998
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This was the first Agatha Christie book I ever read! I have read most of her books, but this remains my favorite one of all time! Excellent! You must read it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the magnificent debuts of mystery fiction., 10. Juni 2000
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Styles, the first Christie novel, introducing Hercule Poirot (and Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp), is one of the greatest debut novels of the mystery field. It heralded the start of the Golden Age of detective fiction. The book does not yet have the great, easy to read prose that would be a hallmark of the author in the years to come, but is near it. The very ingenious plot, the use of one of the great ploys of classical detective fiction, the various subplots, and the many sympathetic characters are all elements of Dame Agatha's later justly famous novels and are handled here very skilfully. It possibly deserves 4 stars for its "standalone" merits but the moment it arrived and its historical significance in the genre raise it to a 5. Not to be missed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Poirot's Delightful Debut, 5. Januar 2000
This is Poirot's first case and Christie's debut as a mystery writer. It is an auspicious start to a brilliant career for both the author and her creation. It's a bit over-ambitious; the young Christie was heavy-handed with the clues in this one, and while the ending is a surprise, the last section of the book is just a bit too long for the ending to have quite the impact that Christie would achieve in later works. This is perhaps the only Christie book about which one can say there are "too many clues;" it is nonetheless an astounding achievement for a first-time author. And, of course, any fan of Poirot will want to read the case that "started it all."
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