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Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles

First Published

John Lane (The Bodley Head), London, Jan. 1921
The Times (weekly edition), Feb.-Jun. 1920
John Lane, New York, Oct. 1920


(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

With impeccable timing Hercule Poirot, the renowned Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance on to the English crime stage.

Recently, there had been some strange goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, constant companion to old Mrs Inglethorp, had stormed out of the house muttering something about 'a lot of sharks'. And with her, something indefinable had gone from the atmosphere. Her presence had spelt security; now the air seemed rife with suspicion and impending evil.


1. I Go to Styles
2. The 16th and 17th of July
3. The Night of the Tragedy
4. Poirot Investigates
5. 'It isn't Strychnine, is it?'
6. The Inquest
7. Poirot Pays His Debts
8. Fresh Suspicions
9. Dr Bauerstein
10. The Arrest
11. The Case For the Prosecution
12. The Last Link
13. Poirot Explains


Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings, Emily Agnes Inglethorp, Alfred Inglethorp, John Cavendish, Mary Cavendish, Lawrence Cavendish, Evelyn (Evie) Howard, Cynthia Murdoch, Dorcas, Manning, Dr. Wilkins, Dr. Bauerstein, Albert Mace, James Japp, Summerhaye

"Nibs", Annie, Lord Abbotsbury, "Baron" Altara, William Earl, Mr. Wells, Elizabeth Wells, Mrs. Crosbie, Lady Tadminster, Denby, Parkson, Mr. Philips, Sir Ernest Heavyweather, Mr. Raikes, Mrs. Raikes, Mrs. Rolleston, Ross, the Princess, the Duchess, Amy Hill

Movie & TV

The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Agahta Christie's POIROT, 100th Anniversary Special, 1990
director Ross Devenish
writer Clive Exton
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), David Rintoul(John Cavendish), Anthony Calf(Lawrence Cavendish), Beatie Edney(Mary Cavendish), Gillian Barge(Mrs Inglthorp), Michael Cronin(Alfred Inglthorp), Joanna McCallum(Evie Howard), Allie Byrne(Cynthia Murdoch), Morris Perry(Mr Wells)


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  4. IMDb: Poirot: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1990)
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