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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Recently, there had been some strange goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, constant companion to old Mrs Inglethorp, had stormed out of the house muttering something about "a lot of sharks". And with her, something indefinable had gone from the atmosphere. Her presence had spelt security; now the air seemed rife with suspicion and impending evil.
©1920 Agatha Christie (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"Almost too ingenious...very clearly and brightly told. ( Times Literary Supplement

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Enjoyable.

I found this book to be a pleasant way to spend a quiet Sunday afternoon, in the garden.

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Agatha you genius

What a great start to the legacy of Poirot. And the skills of a genius like Agatha to bring him to life. Well narrated and enjoy!

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  • david llewellyn
  • 17-08-2017

Fabulous audiobook

Hugh Fraser's excellent characterisation of Poirot's first outing is superb. A very enjoyable story from start to finish!

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  • French in London
  • 28-06-2017

One of the best

Loved the story and the characters. Hugh Fraser is a fantastic reader as usual. I was hooked from the beginning and didn't guess the ending at all!

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  • J. Mark
  • 23-03-2019

A Classy Murder

Totally brilliant - the story of course is what we would expect from a queen of murder stories, and an excellent introduction to the world of Agatha Christie - but, Hugh Fraser is fantastic at bringing the story to life in audio form - multiple characters, brilliantly voiced - the story is full of pace, excellently voiced - he truly makes this audiobook - and on the back of this I will continue to buy more Agatha Christie stories that are performed by Mr Fraser. You really cannot go wrong with this. Very pleased.

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  • David Green
  • 13-02-2019

Enjoyable

Very well read by Hastings himself. Very enjoyable and the multitude of characters makes it so much more interesting. Agatha Christie at her usual best!

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  • James Hannam
  • 20-01-2019

Pretty good

Good story and twist but, too reliant on keeping things from the reader. Couldn’t really participate in the detecting :(

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  • Mike T.
  • 30-12-2018

A good first Poirot outing.

Agatha Christie's first Poirot novel and I believe her first book altogether. Not at all bad considering. All the trademark whodunnit things (red herrings) are present. And of course "The Little Belgian" has already formed admirably. Only thing that is not quite up to her later Poirot novels quality, is that she uses a writer trope that I hate. Namely "I know something important, but I'm not telling you just yet". Not used excessively but enough to annoy me a little in a whodunnit.

Hugh Fraser's narration is great.

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  • Bozz
  • 21-04-2018

Excellent

I started reading Christie in the early 70’s and finished up reading all 72 of her crime novels. Over 40 years later I decided to listen to them once again. So glad I did. No one has the whodunnit knack like Christie and the narration by Hugh Fraser was brilliant. Totally enjoyed this book from start to finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-2018

Loved it

I loved how Hugh Fraser voiced the characters it really added that extra atmosphere that the book needed
I would recommend it to all ages
I give it 5 stars because I love Agatha Christie novels and I love how Hugh Fraser gives it a new perspective

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  • Lorna
  • 09-12-2017

Perfect comfort listening

I have listened to this many times, it's probably my favourite audio book. Just the right tone of gently mocking humour in the narration, and a classic Christie plot. Bliss!

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  • 11-11-2017

Christie again

I always enjoy these tales and can recommend
However the narrator brought a good tale
Alive really enjoyed