Friday, March 29, 2019

Book Review - The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

I don't have to tell why I chose this book. "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" is written by one of the most praised and read woman author, Agatha Christie. Also, the book is a mystery thriller which makes it a better proposition. When I discussed with Vishnu about which book I start with, he selected this book as in general people like such books. So I went with his advice.


Book Blurb
Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery.
Talking about story brief: A mysterious murder of Mrs. Inglethorp recently married Alfred 20 years younger than her. She had been poisoned with strychnine. She is a wealthy woman sho got the manor and large portion of wealth from her first husband Mr. Inglethorp. Her household includes her husband Alfred Inglethorp, her stepsons John and Lawrence Cavendish,  John's wife Mary Cavendish, Cynthia Murdoch, the daughter of a deceased friend of the family and Evelyn Howard, Emily's companion.

Mr. Poirot, a refugee retired Belgian officer of the yard and Mr.hastings (writer) who came to visit styles in his sick leave.  Mr. Poirot asked to investigate the case by his old friend Hastings. 

Mr. Poirot comes to know that before the murder of Mrs. Inglethorp had an argument with either suspect john or Alfred. even the case where she kept all her important documents are opened and all the documents were missing. Mr. Poirot also comes to know that John has inherited manor as per his father's will whereas the money will be distributed as per Mrs. Inglethorp will. Mrs. Inglethorp changes her will every year. Recently the will is in favor of Alfred.

The prime suspect Alfred has left early the manor and stayed overnight at the village. he denies that he purchased the strychnine even though his sign was present at chemist register. Mr. Poirot found that the signature was not matching with Alfred's handwriting.

The second suspect John who's handwriting matching with the signature made at chemist register. Also the beard same like Alfred found at the manor.

A must-read book for the ones who like detective suspense stories. It is well written to keep you attached to the story. A book which gives you thrills to know the murderer at every moment. It is a story of a murder mystery with so many characters which makes you keep guessing the suspect. Agatha Christie has justified each character and flow of the story to keep momentum.

Book can be found at - Amazon & Flipkart
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