This is the first book in the Hecule Poirot series by Agatha Christie, I cannot tell you how much I love me some Poirot! Although this is the first in the series it’s not actually the first Poirot book I have read…I seem to be reading them way out of order, but I don’t think this matters too much as each story is complete in itself and could be read as a standalone.
– So in Poirot’s first case we see him settle into a home in England, helped out by the lovely Emily Inglethorp. The home is very close to the large manor house known as ‘Styles’ where Emily lives with her new husband and extended family. A friend of Poirot’s known as Hastings (he is a reoccurring character through many of the Poirot books) is invited by Emily to stay at Styles, unaware that Poirot is living just down the road. But then Hastings happily stumbles upon his old pal whilst walking through town one day and this is where the excitement kicks in… We are shown the various tensions that hover over the family living at Styles and the sudden and mysterious murder of Emily Inglethorp sends the house into chaos. So in comes Poirot with his keen detective eye to solve the mystery.
– Poirot is such a fantastic character, I get such nostalgic feelings when reading one of these novels! He is quick-witted, mischievous and is always leaving you guessing! The way Christie slowly releases information about the murders is great and I have never been able to guess who the murderer is. Suspense is built wonderfully and the pace of the novel is perfect – I never felt bored or like the story line was dragging.
– A great novel for any lover of Christie and a great place to start for newbies! 4 out of 5 stars from me!