The Mysterious Affair at Styles Review

Ebook, 224 Pages
Mystery/ Crime/ Fiction
By: Agatha Christie
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

β€œYou gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.”

🌟 Agatha Christie is one of a kind and that’s it, that’s the whole review!!
Every time I read a book by Agatha, I am left speechless and I just can’t get over the fact that these books were written many years ago!

🌟 This book was published in 1920, so it has been a century since it was out in the world and it is still being sold worldwide! This book was originally written as a dare for Agatha to write a book where it was almost impossible to guess the murderer and I think she wins the dare with flying colors. I always take pride in my abilities to guess the plot twists and events of books which I have got really good at. However, I confess that I never would have guessed the twist here! Genius ❀

🌟 This is a debut, there were so many names at the start of the novel and I was confused for maybe the first quarter of the book but after that it was the pure Agatha Magic that I can’t get enough of. Comparing this to her later works, I know she improved this and developed a better way of introducing characters. But once I got what was happening and I memorized the names, it was so well written and I can’t believe it is a debut. This is even better than some of her later works.

🌟 This is the first Poirot novel, but detective Poirot is as quirky as usual. No wonder why he is one of the most famous detectives in literature. Agatha focuses on the psychology of characters when she writes a Poirot book, she seems like a professional when she does that even though she never got a degree in psychology. I think this aspect helps to flesh out the characters.

β€œInstinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.”

🌟 The story is short, all of this happens in less than 300 pages so it is fast paced and interesting. I know some of the readers who don’t like her do so because she leaves all the revelations till the end. But I think that it is the right thing to do in a story of this kind.

🌟Summary: This is Agatha’s debut that did not feel as a debut at all. It has an excellent writing and plot twist. It has the Agatha magic that made her the best selling author of all time. I gave it 4 stars because it had a shaky start with a lot of info dump. It would otherwise have been a 5 stars! I recommend this for all fans of the genre!

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