Reviews of Mysterious Affair at Styles, the (1920)
Review by branko (2003-12-10)
Poirot is not my favourite Christie-character. For that, he is too much of a copy of Sherlock Holmes; the arm-chair detective who only needs deductive reasoning to solve a case. No, my favourite is Ms. Marple, who solves cases by analogy. (O.K., I admit it, Holmes did that too.)
Having said that, I must admit this was a good read. Exactly the type of detective story we have come to expect from Christie. Which surprised me--he how manieth novel is this? It is one of two that can be had from Project Gutenberg, which means she must have written this early in her carreer. I finished this book in two gos; the bit before the murder is not as good as the part after it.