The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

By Agatha Christie

  • Release Date: 2008-07-27
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,850 Ratings


The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by Agatha Christie. It was written in the middle of World War I, in 1916, and first published by John Lane in the United States in October 1920 and in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head (John Lane's UK company) on 21 January 1921. The U.S. edition retailed at US$2.00 and the UK edition at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6).
Styles was Christie's first published novel, introducing Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings (Lieutenant and later, Captain). Poirot is described as "a dear little man", "an extraordinary looking little man" and a "quaint dandyfied little man".
The story is told in first person by Hastings and features many of the elements that have become icons of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, largely due to Christie's influence. It is set in a large, isolated country manor. There are a half-dozen suspects, most of whom are hiding facts about themselves. The book includes maps of the house, the murder scene, and a drawing of a fragment of a will, as well as a number of red herrings and surprise plot twists.


  • Amazing Mystery

    By Rosa Elis
    I absolutely loved it! It keeps you guessing up until the very end and is never at all dull. I finished it in a couple of days and immediately started another one, Agatha Christie’s writing is phenomenal!
  • Fantastic

    By Arain M.
    Started this book on Wednesday and finished it today. I love Agatha Christie books, and this one is no different. Great plot that kept me hooked, with a twisted ending. Definitely recommend.
  • Excellent mystery novel

    By DanJazzPiano
    Agatha Christie’s mystery novels are perfect. They are intricate and complex, but always with enough information given that the very astute reader can solve the mystery oneself, or at least will feel that they haven’t been left in the dark as a passive observer.
  • Amazing

    By Asura de Noir
    A thrilling, heart stopping breath taking book.....strongly recommend
  • Mysterious Affair at Styles

    By Toroid 1
    Superb story telling and plot. Enough clues to boggle your mind in a most delightful way. Beautifully written. It does contain some religious and racial slurs which were only too prevalent in her day (and continue on today). However, an excellent read.
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    By Ivana090978
    Great book! Love! Love Agatha Christie's books.
  • Affairs at styles

    By Ergnat
    Good reading
  • Perfection!

    By PastaBeanie
    Hercule Poirot is the best! Agatha Christie, I wish you were alive to make more of this! You are my favorite author!
  • The Mysterious Affaire at Styles by Agatha Christie

    By miMiBirDi..Joan
    You can't beat a mystery by Agatha Christie. As usual her characters are so perfect for their roles. Her Belgium detective is always so clever in his search for the murderer. Everyone is under suspicion & she allows the reader to keep thinking they know who did it. And in the end she springs the killer upon you in a diabolical manner. God bless her & her stories.
  • Christie:

    By Barbara M Watson
    The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie began as she ended. In her many years as a writer supreme, she never failed to intrigue, amaze, confound the reader. We were kept reading, even through the wee hours of the morning, unable to put the book down " just until the end of the chapter,. Ha, ha, on us.many were the nights that I read until it was almost time to wake up. I would go around bleary eyed, anxious to get back to my book. Thank you for re-publishing thi great book.