Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Yay, I finally got around to reading my first Agatha Christie novel! And it's the first one featuring Hercule Poirot to boot! I can't believe that I managed to avoid these charming mysteries my whole life, but there you are, thanks to it being available on The Literature Network, I finally got my chance.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the perfect mystery. It has plenty of conflict and emotion, it has loads of little clues and hints and it has Poirot, who I found to be delightful. One of his lines that I just had to jot down is what he said about using insomnia as an explanation for ones actions:
"Which is a very good, or a very bad explanation" remarked Poirot. "It covers everything, and explains nothing."
Ha ha ha. The book is full of these one-liners. :-)

I was fooled till the end and kept suspecting everyone in turn, as I suppose I was meant to. What more could I want? I'll definitely read more Agatha Christie in the future!

Challenges: Genre Challenge, New Authors, Suspense and Thriller, Classics Challenge


Lezlie said...

Christie's novels are so entertaining! You're in for a treat with this author!


joanna said...

Lezlie - I'm defnitely looking forward to reading more of her stuff!

Lydia said...

My mum loves Christie, so our home was filled with her novels. They were the first 'grown up books' I read as a child.

joanna said...

Lydia - lucky you, my first adult books were Danielle Steele! :-)

Kerrie said...

Joanna would you like to submit your post to the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Blog Carnival?
You might like to join the challenge too