The Mysterious Affair At Styles

The Mysterious Affair At Styles book


Agatha Christie's first novel set during WW1 sees the popular detective of many of her later novels - one Hercule Poirot - living in England as a refugee near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactress, Emily Inglethorp. Having recently remarried to a much younger man, much to the dismay and frustration of her two step-sons, the household is full of disputes, secrets and tension which ultimately builds to...murder!


The first novel by Agatha Christie introduces us to this famous, funny little Belgium detective.

when to read

Plenty of references to the hot summer days - definitely as summer read for me. As the first novel she wrote, this is a go to for any first time Agatha Christie reader.

murder mystery

Plenty of suspects to choose from within this traditional country house murder mystery.


Set in England during the First World War.

Publishing info

The Mysterious Affair At Styles is the first novel by Agatha Christie published in 1920 and written in part as a dare from her sister

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On Screen

Watching Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie was filmed as part of the ITV feature length episodes and is Season 2 episode 10 starring David Suchet as Poirot. 

The Mysterious Affair At Styles Character List

Captain Arthur HastingsFriend of Poirot’s who falls for Dulcie Duveen
Chief Inspector James JappScotland Yard detective
Emily InglethorpElderly mistress of Styles Court, married to her second husband Alfred
Alfred InglethorpYounger husband to Emily Inglethorp
John CavendishStepson of Emily Inglthorp by her first marriage
Mary CavendishWife of John
Lawrence CavendishYounger stepson of Emily Inglethorp
Evelyn HowardFriend of Mrs Inglthorp 
Cynthia MurdochOrphaned daughter of a friend of the Cavendish family who is living with them and working as a dispenser
Dr BauersteinA toxicologist 
DorcasMaid at Styles Court


Emily Inglethorp

Alfred her husband is the murderer with his accomplice Evelyn Howard (also his lover, also his cousin!)

Financial gain – Emily was a wealthy woman

Poisoned with strychnine

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