Mysterious Affair at Styles

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Author- Agatha Christie

INDEX

1. Background of the author
2. Characters
3. Plot summary
4. Re-created few pages
5. Review of reviews
6. Legal vocabulary
7. Bibliography
8. Original Pages

Background of the author

Agatha Christie was born Agatha May Clarissa Miller in Devon, England in 1890, the youngest of three children in a conservative, well-to-do family. Taught at home by a governess and tutors, as a child Agatha never attended school. She created games to keep herself occupied at a very young age. A shy child, unable to adequately express her feelings, she first turned to music as a means of expression and then later in her life to writing. In 1914, at the age of 24, she married Archie Christie, a World War I fighter pilot. While he was off at war, she worked as a nurse. It was while working in a hospital during the war that Christie first came up with the idea of writing a detective novel. The Mysterious Affair at Styles is her first novel published in October 1920. In 1926, Archie asked for a divorce, as he fell in love with another woman. Agatha, already upset by the recent death of her mother, disappeared. All of England became wrapped up in the case of the now famous missing writer. She was found three weeks later in a small hotel, explaining to police that she had lost her memory. Thereafter, it was never again mentioned or elaborated upon by Christie. She later found happiness with her marriage in 1930 to Max Mallowan, a young archaeologist who she met on a trip to Mesopotamia Christie ultimately became the acknowledged Queen of the Golden Age. In all, she wrote over 65 novels, numerous short stories and screenplays, and a series of romantic novels using the pen name Mary Westmacott. Several of her works were made into successful feature films Her work has been translated into more than a hundred languages. In short, she is the single most popular mystery writer of all time. In 1971 she was awarded the high honor of becoming a Dame of the British Empire

Characters
• Captain Hastings, the narrator, on sick leave from the Western Front. • Hercule Poirot, a famous Belgian detective exiled in England, • Hastings' old friend , Chief Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard • Emily Inglethorp, mistress of Styles, a wealthy old woman • Alfred Inglethorp, her much younger new husband

• John Cavendish, her elder stepson
• Mary Cavendish, John's wife
• Lawrence Cavendish, John's younger brother
• Evelyn Howard, Mrs. Inglethorp's companion
• Cynthia Murdoch, the beautiful, orphaned daughter of a friend of the family • Dr. Bauerstein, a suspicious toxicologist
The Mysterious Affair at Styles gave the world the inimitable Hercule Poirot, a retired Belgian police officer who was to become one of the most enduring characters in all of fiction. He has great deducing qualities, extremely observant, sense of humor. Poirot is very orderly and methodical in his way, impressing a lot of people by such qualities of his. He goes out of his way to solve any crime. The story is told in first person by Arthur Hastings. He is a retired military captain. Captain Hastings is Poirot's closest colleague and friend. Hastings is warm-hearted, well-meaning, but occasionally awkward and making blunders. He tries to understand the genius in Porot, but usually fails in his attempt. He usually ends up trusting the wrong people and never suspects who is the likely suspect in the crime. Chief Inspector Japp. He has a haphazard way of approaching things. Japp usually arrests the wrong person, before all the investigating is followed through. His techniques are a bit rough, he is not a very creative police inspector John and Lawrence Cavendish appear to be law-abiding, dutiful sons, but it's clear they're both hard-up for cash and a little put out by Dad's will, which left almost...
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