A wheelchair-bound Poirot returns to Styles, the venue of his first investigation, where he knows another murder is going to take place...The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings; there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara , Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife, Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington. So Hastings was shocked to learn from Hercule Poirot's declaration that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?...
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An occasion and an envoi. There are many interesting facts surrounding this book; it has been accorded the highest price ever paid by a paperback house - $925,000; it was also written in the early '40's and Mrs. Christie originally specified that it was not to appear until after her death - one of those vagaries, like her mysterious disappearances? However we now have the last Hercule Poirot returning to the scene of his Mysterious Affair at Styles. Styles has since become a seedy guest house for "twilit people" and there are many ruminations about euthanasia which anticipate our time. From the beginning, Poirot, arthritically cribbed in a wheelchair, confides to his old friend Hastings that there is an X factor at Styles - responsible for five unaffiliated demises with more to come now, by inference, by indirection. Of course Poirot has all this prefigured (whereas Hastings, and Mrs. Christie's duller readers may not) before his last beau geste. How can it remain unrecognized? (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in 100 foreign countries. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 20 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.