Title: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
I just finished "The Mysterious Affair at Styles", which I could have sworn I'd read before, but I must have been mistaken. I can only think that I've seen the wonderful ITV production with David Suchet so many times that I was sure I'd read it as well. But now I have and I am very glad to have done so!
The back cover blurb:
I loved this book. An excellent way to start off the new year and my reading challenges. Poirot is strong and clear and his interactions with Hastings are glorious. To wit:
"There, mon ami, you will be of great assistance to me."
I was pleased with the compliment. There had been times when I hardly thought that Poirot appreciated me at my true worth.
"Yes," he continued, staring at me thoughtfully, "you will be invaluable."
Now, I know this story. I knew the plot going in. I knew who committed the murder. I knew how. I knew how Poirot finally figured it out. I knew all of this and still I was jumping around in my head. Thinking perhaps I was misremembering and it was really so-and-so. Or this other character.
And that's one major reason I love Agatha Christie so much. Even in re-reads, she still takes me on such a rollercoaster. Although, that might be just me and my horrid memory. But I prefer to credit her immense skill as a storyteller.
5 out 5
Turn off the computer and go read this book right now.
Reading this book satisfied part of the Agatha Christie Carnival Challenge, the Cruisin' Through the Cozies challenge, and the Vintage Mysteries challenge.
2011 Book Count:
1 - The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie