The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie’s Debut Novel
Complete and Annotated!

Cover for "The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles"• Read Chapter One
• Read an excerpt from the book about 'The Genesis of Styles'
• Read a review of the Poirot TV show based on 'Styles'
• Visit my Pinterest board on Agatha Christie
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In the Harrisburg area, copies are available at the Midtown Scholar (top shelf in the local authors section near the front), the Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookstore, and Cupboard Maker Books.

* Why Would People Drink Strychnine For Their Health?

* What Does ‘English Beef and Brawn’ Mean?

* What Are Land Smocks? Spill Vases? Patience Cards?

* What Did Agatha Christie Think of Jews?

* How Could A 25-Year-Old Woman Create One of Mystery’s Greatest Detectives?

Solve these mysteries and more in “The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles.”

One of the world’s best-selling and best-loved mystery writers, Agatha Christie created intricate stories of murder and mayhem that have enchanted readers worldwide. Bill Peschel, author of “The Complete, Annotated Whose Body?” (by Dorothy L. Sayers) and “Writers Gone Wild,” illuminates the obscure references in Christie’s debut novel, some of which are vital to understanding and enjoying the solution of the mystery.

This book contains:

* More than 500 footnotes describing words, idioms, people, places and contemporary events.

* Essays on Christie’s life and the world of Styles.

* A detailed chronology of her life and work.

* Lists of her novels and short-story collections, organized by year of publication and by detective.

* A bibliography of resources, including books about Christie that will delight fans.


* Read Chapter One from “The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles.

* How Agatha Christie came to write “Styles”: “The Genesis of Styles.

* A review of “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

* Where did the information come from for “The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles”? Here’s the bibliography.

* Visit the Pinterest page: “Agatha Christie & Her World.”


“Though this may be the first published book of Miss Agatha Christie, she betrays the cunning of an old hand.”
— The New York Times, Dec. 26, 1920

“In spite of its intricacy the story is very clearly and brightly told. There is a good deal of human interest in it apart from the crime, and it has a very happy ending. It is said to be the author’s first book, and the result of a bet about the possibility of writing a detective story in which the reader would not be able to spot the criminal. Every reader must admit that the bet was won.”

— Times Literary Supplement, Feb. 3, 1921

“The story is, especially for a first adventure in fiction, very well contrived, and that the solution of the mystery is the result of logical deduction. The story, moreover, has no lack of movement, and the several characters are well drawn.”
— The London Sunday Times, Feb. 20, 1921

“This novel has the rare merit of being correctly written — so well done, in fact, we are tempted to believe either the author had pharmaceutical training or had called in a capable pharmacist to help in the technical part. … Miss Agatha Christie knows her job.”
— The Pharmaceutical Journal

(c) 1995-2016 by Bill Peschel