Rating : 3 1/2 Stars
This is the first time I have read the original Poirot tome by Agatha Christie. When I was younger I read several of her works, but they were all Miss Marple mysteries. This is the 2nd Poirot novel I read, the first being Murder on the Orient Express last year. Again I found myself visualizing the actor as I read about Poirot but I think it makes it that much easier to become absorbed in the mystery.
I definitely enjoyed this locked room mystery set in the English countryside. I found it difficult to initially get involved in the story with Mr. Hastings as the narrator talking about Hercule Poirot in the 3sd person but as the story progressed it was a more natural flow to me.
There were definitely many twists and turns to the solution to the mystery. I appreciate how Poirot provides a recap at the end explaining the rational behind his conclusions and why he behaved as he did in certain situations.
My only real frustration with the story was the decision to alternate between referring to the female characters by their first names and their surnames. I found this created a difficult task in keeping the 5 female characters sorted. This is the main reason I did not give the story a 4 star rating.
All in all I am glad I went back and read the first Agatha Christie mystery. I plan to read several more of her works this year.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
My review is actually a 3 1/2 star for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and liked all the twists and turns the story took leading the solution to be difficult to predict before Poirot laid it out for the reader. It was definitely a locked room mystery at its finest by the queen of the genre. I enjoyed how the current events were intertwined into the story and it was easy to imagine the countryside and the estate at Styles. I didn't give it 4 stars because I found it difficult to keep all the female characters straight for some reason. I felt as though their names were a bit too similar and the fact that sometimes they were referred to by first name and interchanges with surnames made it more difficult to sort who was who in the story. All in all I am glad I went back and read the first Poirot novel.
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