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 popular detective, Hercule Poirot, was introduced to the world in this book, which launched her career as the most famous and best loved of all mystery writers.
A first great book, February 9, 2003 Reviewer: Carlos Calles from Monterrey I can't believe that a story can twist so many times in just 200 and so pages. Agatha's first book is one of her best. She presents the story in such a way that gets the reader involved from the first second. Unfortunately I read "Curtain" first and then this book, (Curtain was the last Poirot's book) so I had a lagoon between the two stories. But still, it didn't matter because Christie's style allows the reader to get to know the characters in any book, meaning, she introduces the reader as if it was the first book she's ever written about the character. I think that anyone who likes detectivish novels, should read this one. The story will leave you wanting more.