The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles was the book that started it all. It was Agatha Christie's first book and the debut of the eccentric Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. My mom always has loved Poirot and would, on countless occasions that I have asked her about her favorite books, include the adventures of the detective in her list.
So I thought for the 2015 Reading Challenge it was only appropriate if I read this. (Also it ticks off lots of categories in one go.. ;) :P )
Anyway, back to the review. I really quite enjoyed this book. At some points, I'll admit I was a bit frustrated having no clue about what was going on and what was the big "clue" that Mr. Poirot had gleaned from the seemingly normal evidence. But I understood his eccentricities.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles is what I would describe as a classic murder mystery. With lots of drama, scandals, clues and mystery; this was a fun read. I'm looking forward to reading more of Agatha Christie's books!