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The Mysterious Affair at Styles: 12/26/22
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie and Hugh Fraser (Narrator) (1920) is the start of the Hercule Poirot mystery series. Last time I read it it was twenty-two years ago. While going through my list of books read, I realized I haven't actually read all the Poirots (or all of Christie's novels) and thought it would be fun to re-read / complete my reading. But this time, I'm going to do it with audiobooks as much as possible.
Lady Emily dies and fingers her husband as she dies. It's clearly death by poisoning but there's a locked room situation. So was it suicide or was the murderer incredibly clever? Arthur Hastings who is a guest where the murder took place enlists the help of his Belgian friend, Hercule Poirot.
Although there are many tricks and scenes that have inspired newer mysteries over the century, they are put together in a different way here. The first major difference is how long it takes from murder to unveiling the murderer. It takes months which includes a police investigation, an inquest, and a formal trial.
The next book chronologically is Poirot Investigates (1924). There are also numerous short stories which I won't be focusing on at this time. In printing order, the next book is Murder on the Links (1923).