The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Ah, Christie. Styles is her first novel, and, of course, not her last. Even though its her debut, that doesn't mean she hadn't learned the tricks of the trade yet. This book is fast-paced, with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I loved it!
Hastings has gone to visit a friend at Styles, a mansion owned by an elderly woman. She has recently married, to the horror of her sons, a man who is much younger than she. The match has "gold digger" written all over it (or, at least, the early 1900 version of gold digger.) During Hastings' stay, she dies. Is it poison? If so, who poisoned her? Could it be her husband? One of her two stepsons, jealous and looking forward to inheriting the estate? Or someone else in the household? Hastings calls his friend, Hercule Poirot, in to solve the case.
The book was absolutely amazing. Enjoy!
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