“The Mysterious Affair at Styles”

Once I finally learned how to read books became my best friend. I have always had a book or two in my purse or backpack at any given time. I read when I wake up and get the first coffee of the day. I read before bedtime and at meals when I am alone. I read while waiting in offices or in the grocery store line.

I like almost every genre of fiction: mysteries, romance, westerns, sci-fi……..I do NOT like anything having to do with vampires or explicit sexual activity. Some things just need to be private, and some are just too ridiculous to even think about.

I read non-fiction as well. I love philosophy, religious works, history…even some biography (although some biography I would classify as fiction!).

Mystery though is my favorite of all of the genres.

The books of Agatha Christie were the first I ever read, and I have read them all. I still read her works about once a year…and each time I read them, even though I know “who done it” I find something that I have forgotten or totally missed the last time I read them. I consider a good book to be one that grabs my attention and doesn’t let go every time the book is read…and Ms Christie’s books do that to me.

My favorite Christie book is actually the first one she wrote…supposedly on a dare from her sister. It’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and introduces Hercule Poirot.

The story begins when Hastings is sent back to England from the First World War due to injury and is invited to spend his sick leave at the beautiful Styles Court by his old friend John Cavendish. Hastings meets John’s step-mother, Mrs Inglethorpe, and her new husband, Alfred.

Despite the tranquil surroundings Hastings begins to realise that all is not right. When Mrs Inglethorpe is found poisoned, suspicion falls on the family, and another old friend, Hercule Poirot, is invited to investigate.

The book won her several awards and her description of the use of the poison was so well written the Royal Pharmaceutical Journal gave her book a write up in their magazine. It was the only time in the history of the Journal that a work of fiction was mentioned.

I just finished reading it again this week.  What are you reading?

 

8 thoughts on ““The Mysterious Affair at Styles”

  1. C.S. Lewis “PERELANDRA”. Settling down to read a book is difficult for me

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    1. Isn’t that the one where Elwin has returned from Mars? (out of the silent planet) I think…….if it is….woohoo! Love cs lewis space stories!

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  2. I’m actually reading a graphic novel book–which is new for me. It’s called, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” By Roz Chast. It’s a humor book about dealing with aging parents and that sort of stuff. I’m enjoying it so far.

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    1. I am aged parent…woo, can I tell some stories! Now what were we talking about again? lol

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  3. Yes, on chapter 5…love it so far.

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  4. I started reading Agatha Christie when I was about 12, and have read all of them too. I think the first one I read was “4.50 from Paddington”. I also loved “Ten Little Niggers” but I guess they’re not allowed to call it that now. I’m looking forward to the new film of “Murder on the Orient Express” which comes out on Friday.

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  5. I always have a book or two I’m reading. I’d rather read than watch TV any time. Lately I’m re-reading non-fiction about kids who are emotionally and mentally challenged, and the people who have helped them and their families.

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    1. what’s the title? sounds like a book I would like to read!

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