The book that introduced the world to Hercule Poirot.
Published in 1920, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a classic. When Christie wrote the first instances of “little gray cells” or Poirot twisting his mustache, I wonder if she knew that she was creating one of the most iconic characters in modern fiction? This book also featured Hastings, Poirot’s friend and sometimes investigative sidekick. It was interesting to see that Hastings had the occasional dismissive attitude towards Poirot even in this first installment.
The story and crime mystery are solid and, while this isn’t the best of the Poirot’s, it is certainly one of the must reads of Christie’s library.