The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Poirot) By Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by British author Agatha Christie. It was written in the midst of the First World Battle, in 1916, and first printed by John Lane in america in October 1920 and in the UK by The Bodley Head on 21 January 1921.
With impeccable timing Hercule Poirot, the famend Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance on to the English crime stage.
Just lately, there had been some unusual goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, fixed companion to outdated Mrs Inglethorp, had stormed out of the home muttering one thing about ‘quite a lot of sharks’. And together with her, one thing indefinable had gone from the ambiance. Her presence had spelt safety; now the air appeared rife with suspicion and impending evil.
A shattered espresso cup, a splash of candle grease, a mattress of begonias… all Poirot required to show his now legendary powers of detection.