Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (spoiler alert)
Welcome to Styles, a beautiful mansion in Essex, residence of the Cavendish family, inherited by the current Mrs Inglethorpe and inhabitated by a lot of shady characters, ranging from a devoted but younger husband, two dissatisfied stepsons, the typical orphan/ protégée, a dr, and many more.
Typical Christie, the narrative is set during the WWI, told in 3rd person, by young Captain Hastings. Being this her 1st novel and the 1st of the Poirot series, we are introduced to her famous Belgium detective, Hercule Poirot, who is described as a sharp and whimsically but methodical and overtly brilliant mind. The characters of Hastings and Inspector Jabb from Scotland Yard will appear in other novels.
Getting back to the story, amid this crowded mansion, we learn that everyone has a personal motif to murder their hostess. Is there a murderer or murderers that need to be caught?
How acutely framed is this novel, with the many secondary storylines that enable readers to scratch the surface from those apparent obvious reasons for things to happen and reveal little by little the reality surrounding the crime. I particularly enjoyed the very fact that before dying, Emily realises she is under threat, and in her attempt to change her unfortunate fate she contributes to cover clues that might have cleared the reasons for the attack earlier in the story. But, with Agatha Christie one must know, everything happens for a reason. No loose ends. Also, isn’t it comforting to find the characters’ guide at the beginning of her stories, with that brief description so that you can return to that anytime you want? Here there is also a map of the state that allows readers to analyse the possible entrance of the killer to the victim’s bedchamber. That is, you have all the clues in display, the ⏰ starts ticking from the very first moment you turn the page, and page after page you are offered with more information to fill the gaps, so, how soon are you able to figure things out?
So, the victim is found dead in a room closed from the inside and with no visible wound, how did she died? Who did it? And how? 🕵️♂️🕵️♂️🕵️♂️ - 3 hours ago