this is the 86th book in my series of forgotten books
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie © 1916, Bantam Books 1961 mass market paperback, mystery – first Hercule Poirot
This one is set in England during World War I at Styles Court, an Essex country manor Upon her husband’s death, the wealthy widow, Emily Cavendish, who had recently remarried a much younger man, Alfred Inglethorp, inherited a life estate in Styles as well as the outright inheritance of the larger part of her late husband’s income.
Emily’s two stepsons, John and Lawrence Cavendish, as well as John’s wife Mary and several other people, also live at Styles. John Cavendish is the vested remainderman of Styles; that is, the property will pass to him automatically upon his stepmother’s death per his late father’s will, while the income left to Mrs Inglethorp would be distributed per Mrs. Inglethorp’s own will.
Late one night, the residents of Styles wake to find Emily Inglethorp dying of what proves to be strychnine poisoning. Lieutenant Hastings, a houseguest, enlists the help of his friend Hercule Poirot, who just happens to be staying in the nearby village, Styles St. Mary. Poirot pieces together events surrounding the murder.
I’ll not go further into the plot and characters, that’s for the reader to discover, or recall for all who have read this one. As I said, I had read it but didn’t remember much about it at all, including the twists and ending, so it was all new turf for me. As enjoyable as ever – I enjoy just about all of the Poirot and Marple novels – it was nice to revisit this pair.
I’ll note here that next week Friday Forgotten Books has a single-author day for Margaret Millar, and a month following that the single author day will be Agatha Christie. So I guess you could say this oe was a warm up for me.
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