The heiress of Styles has been murdered, dying in agony from strychnine slipped into her coffee. And there are plenty who would gain from her death: the financially strapped stepson, the gold digging younger husband, and an embittered daughter-in-law. Agatha Christie's eccentric and hugely... read more
This is one of Christie's earlier books, and the first time we meet the great detective, Hercule Poirot. While on medical leave from the military during World War I, Hastings visits his friend, John Cavendish, at the family manor. When Cavendish's stepmother dies under suspicious... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
This is one of Christie's earlier books, and the first time we meet the great detective, Hercule Poirot. While on medical leave from the military during World War I, Hastings visits his friend, John Cavendish, at the family manor. When Cavendish's stepmother dies under suspicious circumstances, Hastings' old acquaintance, Poirot, just happens to be in the area and takes on the case.
“"Blood tells—always remember that—blood tells."”Hercule Poirot
“"The happiness of one man and one woman is the greatest thing in all the world."”Hercule Poirot
“It struck me that he might look natural on a stage, but was strangely out of place in real life.”Hastings
“Her tall, slender form, outlined against the bright light; the vivid sense of slumbering fire that seemed to find expression only in those wonderful tawny eyes of hers, remarkable eyes, different from any other woman's that I have ever known; the intense power of stillness she possessed, which nevertheless conveyed the impression of a wild untamed spirit in an exquisitely civilised body -- all these things are burnt into my memory. I shall never forget them.”Hastings
“"Two is enough for a secret."”Hercule Poirot
“"I honestly don't know. Sometimes, I feel sure he is as mad as a hatter; and then, just as he is at his maddest, I find there is method in his madness."”Arthur Hastings
“"I am of the most serious. For the most serious of all things hangs in the balance.""And that is?""A woman's happiness, mon ami," he said gravely.”Hercule Poirot, Hastings, Hercule Poirot
1. I Go To Styles
2.The 16th and 17th of July
3. The Night of the Tragedy
4. Poirot Investigates
5. "It Isn't Strychnine, Is It?"
6. The Inquest
7. Poirot Pays His Debts
8. Fresh Suspicions
9. Dr. Bauerstein
10. The Arrest
11. The Case for the Prosecution
12. The Last Link
13. Poirot Explains
Followed by Murder on the Links.
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