The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe, and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom? Suspects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Mary--from the heiress's fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary. Making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detecti...

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles Reviews

  • Jaline

    Agatha Christie wrote this novel in 1916, and it was first published in the United States by John Lane for $2.00 per copy in October 192

    Agatha Christie wrote this novel in 1916, and it was first published in the United States by John Lane for $2.00 per copy in October 1920. It was first published in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head in January 1921 and could be purchased for seven shillings and sixpence. Another historically significant fact is that when Penguin Books first began publishing in 1935, this novel was one of the first 10 books they published.

    Agatha Christie did not start out as a Master of the mystery genre, but she persisted and went on to solve some difficult literary problems with the genre via her books – literary problems that had even stumped the illustrious Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (Specifically, the problem with introducing too many clues that end up canceling each other out).

    And, she knows her Shakespeare! The line from 1602’s Hamlet is,

    In this novel, one of the residents of the Styles estate asks in reference to Hercule Poirot,

    and Hastings replies,

    For a debut novel, this one is excellent. It is well thought through, the writing is clear and the pace is brisk and entertaining. The characters are all interesting, too. At first I thought I might have to write them all down, but instead I just highlighted their first reference in case I needed to look back. I never had to – before the story is even a couple of chapters in, I knew exactly who all the characters were and what their relationships were to each other.

    I really had to pay attention while reading this novel. There are, indeed, a plethora of clues. Although Hercule Poirot’s busy mind is sifting them out as they appear, sorting them into mental cubbyholes, and weighing and measuring them, it is true that many of them cancel each other out. Poirot and Hastings (the narrator) are working together, yet Poirot doesn’t disclose all of his deductions to his friend; he tries to prod him into discovering his own deductions. So we have Hastings coming to certain conclusions and Poirot coming to other conclusions. There’s an entire ship load of red herrings in this story!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and although I did guess the actual culprit at least once, I got there via a different route altogether – and it didn’t stop me from suspecting all the other people in the household of murder either. Agatha Christie, if you did in fact write this novel as a challenge to present a murder mystery that leaves one guessing until Hercule Poirot points his finger, you succeeded with me!

    One last note: while Agatha Christie and her contemporaries helped to open doors for many of today’s mystery writers (especially women), there were also earlier female mystery writers who opened those doors for Ms Christie and her colleagues. I hope to take this journey with Agatha Christie from novice to master and learn more about how she accomplished that feat.

  • Susan

    This is Agatha Christie’s debut novel, published in 1920, and the first featuring her detective, Hercule Poirot. By any standards it is an assured and well written debut novel and, considering the period it was written, it is also remarkably undated. Apparently, Agatha Christie was challenged by her sister to write a detective story, for which I am eternally grateful, as this was her offering. Like one of the characters in this novel, Agatha worked in the dispensary of a local hospital and gaine

    This is Agatha Christie’s debut novel, published in 1920, and the first featuring her detective, Hercule Poirot. By any standards it is an assured and well written debut novel and, considering the period it was written, it is also remarkably undated. Apparently, Agatha Christie was challenged by her sister to write a detective story, for which I am eternally grateful, as this was her offering. Like one of the characters in this novel, Agatha worked in the dispensary of a local hospital and gained a knowledge of poisons, which she used in her novel. She also saw the arrival of Belgian refugees during WWI, which gave her detective his background.

    Our narrator, Hastings, writes an account of the ‘Affair at Styles.’ He has been invalided home from the Front, when he is invited to stay at Styles with an old friend, John Cavendish. John lives at Styles with his wife, Mary, his brother, Laurence, his step-mother, her companion, Evie Howard and his mother’s ward, Cynthia. Recently, there has been another addition to the household too, as his step-mother has remarried the much younger Alfred Inglethorp. Alfred has caused an air of constraint to the household and, when Mrs Inglethorp is murdered, he is the natural suspect.

    Nearby, M. Poirot has been staying in a house provided by Mrs Inglethorp, along with other Belgian refugees. Hastings knew Poirot well and, when the murder occurs, he asks him to investigate. This book contains many of the characters that Poirot fans will come to know well – not only Hastings but Detective Inspector James Japp of Scotland Yard. Interestingly, this edition also includes the original, unpublished ending, in which Poirot explains the crime in the courtroom – before this was re-written at the request of the publisher to take place in the drawing room setting that lovers of Golden Age mysteries are very familiar with. A wonderful beginning to my favourite detective series of all time.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    (Hercule Poirot #1), original publication year 1920

    Hercule Poirot, Inspector Japp, Arthur Hastings, John Cavendish, Emily Inglethorp, Alfred Inglethorp, Cynthia Murdoch, Mary Cavendish, Evie Howard, Lawrence Cavendish.

    The famous case that launched the career of Hercule Poirot. When a wealthy heiress is murdered, Poirot steps out of retirement to find the killer. As the master detective makes his way through the list of suspects, he finds the

    (Hercule Poirot #1), original publication year 1920

    Hercule Poirot, Inspector Japp, Arthur Hastings, John Cavendish, Emily Inglethorp, Alfred Inglethorp, Cynthia Murdoch, Mary Cavendish, Evie Howard, Lawrence Cavendish.

    The famous case that launched the career of Hercule Poirot. When a wealthy heiress is murdered, Poirot steps out of retirement to find the killer. As the master detective makes his way through the list of suspects, he finds the solution in an elaborately planned scheme almost impossible to believe.

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1998 میلادی و سال 2004 میلادی

    عنوان یک: «جنایت مرموز»، ترجمه: «قیطاس مردانی‌راد»، نشر: «تهران، پیام عدالت»، چاپ نخست 1372، در 305ص.، چاپ دوم در سال 1377 خورشیدی؛ شابک: 9645977606؛‭

    ‏عنوان دو: «طلوع در استایلز: اسرار خانه ییلاقی»، ترجمه: بهرام‌ افراس‍یاب‍ی، نشر: تهران، مراد، 1372، در 333 ص.، شابک: ندارد

    ‏عنوان سه: «طلوع در استایلز: اسرار خانه ییلاقی»، ترجمه: بهرام‌ افراس‍یاب‍ی، نشر: تهران، مهرفام، 1389، در 333 ص.، شابک: 978-964-9915-13-5؛

    عنوان چهار: «قتل در عمارت استایلز»، ترجمه: محی الدین غفرانی، نشر: تهران، ساحل، چاپ نخست ‌1372، چاپ دوم 1373، در 248 ص.، شابک: ندارد

    عنوان پنج: «اولین پرونده های پوارو»، ترجمه: محمدرضا عمادی، نشر: تهران، هرم، چاپ نخست ‌1383، چاپ دوم 1386، در 248 ص.، شابک: ندارد

    عنوان شش: «ماجرای اسرارآمیز در استایلز»، ترجمه: رویا سعیدی، نشر: تهران، هرمس، چاپ نخست ‌1382، چاپ دوم 1386، در 248 ص.، چاپ سوم 1390، در 288 صفحه، شابک: 9643631699؛

    چکیده: بانوی املاک «استایلز»، «کورت» را در رختخواب خود مرده یافت. او به قتل رسیده بود. اعضای خانواده و نزدیکترین دوستان او مظنون به قتل بودند: «جان کاوندیش»، پسر بزرگ او که بیشترین منافع را میبرد. «آلفرد اینگلتورپ» شوهر او، که به هنگام وقوع جنایت در محل نبود. «مری»، همسر «جان»، درگیر با دکتر «باور اشتاین»، نخستین کسی که آن را قتل نامید. «لارنس کاوندیش» پسر کوچکتر قربانی، که فنجان قهوه جنایت را شست. «اِوِلین هاوارد» که ... «سینتیا مردوک»، تحت سرپرستی مقتول، تنها مظنونی که به سم دسترسی داشت. هر یک میتوانستند قاتل باشند

    کاپیتان «آرتور هستینگز» که هنوز از جراحتی که در جنگ دیده بهبود نیافته، و در حال گذراندن مرخصی استعلاجی است، از یکی از دوستانش به نام «جان کاوندیش»، نامه‌ ای دریافت می‌کند، که او را دعوت می‌کند تا دوره ی نقاهت خود را در «استایلز کورت» بگذراند. «هستینگز» پس از ورود به «استایلز» با بقیه ی اعضای خانواده «کاوندیش» آشنا می‌شود. از جمله، «امیلی» که خانم خانه و نامادری «جان» و «لارنس کاوندیش» است، و «جان» و «لارنس» برای تامین معاش کاملا وابسته به او هستند. «امیلی» درگیر بعضی فعالیتهای بشردوستانه است، و یکی از این فعالیتها این است که به پناهندگان جنگی، و از جمله گروهی از بلژیکی‌ها کمک می‌کند. «هستینگز» یکی از این پناهندگان را از پیش می‌شناسد. او، کارآگاه معروف، «هرکول پوآرو» است ... «ماجرای اسرارآمیز در استایلز» اثر به یادماندنی ست، نخستین کتابی ست، که «کریستی» نوشته، و نخستین بار است که «پوآرو»، کارآگاه بلژیکی به خوانشگران معرفی می‌شود. «کریستی» نگارش این کتاب را در 1916 میلادی در بحبوحه ی جنگ جهانی نخست، آغاز کردند. ایشان در آن سال­ها، در داروخانه‌ ای در یک بیمارستان، کار، و در اوقات فراغت روی کتاب کار و سعی می‌کردند، به پرونده­ ی پیچیده و کارآگاه عجیب و غریب خویش زندگی ببخشند. «کریستی» پس از پایان نگارش کتاب، آن را برای شش ناشر مختلف ارسال کردند، و همگی آنها کتاب را رد کردند. تا اینکه بالاخره انتشارات «بادلی» پذیرفت، تا کتاب را با شرایطی نه چندان منصفانه منتشر کند. از انتشار کتاب تنها 25 پوند عاید «کریستی» شد

    یادداشت: کتاب تحت پنج عنوان متفاوت به فارسی بارها منتشر شده، عنوان نخست: «جنایت مرموز»، با ترجمه­ ی قیطاس مردانی‌راد، نشر پیام عدالت، عنوان دوم: «طلوع در استایلز: اسرار خانه ییلاقی» با ترجمه­ ی بهرام افراسیابی، انتشارات مراد، عنوان سوم: «قتل در عمارت استایلز»، با ترجمه محی­ الدین غفرانی، ت‍وس‍ط ان‍‍تش‍ارات ساحل، و عنوان چهارم: «ماجرای اسرارآمیز در استایلز»، با ترجمه رویا سعیدی و نیز عنوان پنجم: «اولین پرونده­ های پوارو» با ترجمه­ ی محمدرضا عمادی، در نشر هرم

    از متن کتاب: «فکر نکنید در برنامه ریزی و انجام کارهای تبهکارانه استادید، همیشه هستند کسانی که نقشه شوم و پلیدتان را نقش بر آب میکنند». پایان نقل از متن. ا. شربیانی

  • Brina

    February has been a tough month for me this time around. I can't pinpoint it but there have been too many gray days even without the snow on the ground. Spring is mercifully around the corner and with it sun and happier reading times ahead. I tend to read mysteries as palette cleansers in between denser reads but at count I have read four mysteries this month and perhaps I can squeeze in another. In fact, February should be mystery month. On that note, what better way to spend the lingering wint

    February has been a tough month for me this time around. I can't pinpoint it but there have been too many gray days even without the snow on the ground. Spring is mercifully around the corner and with it sun and happier reading times ahead. I tend to read mysteries as palette cleansers in between denser reads but at count I have read four mysteries this month and perhaps I can squeeze in another. In fact, February should be mystery month. On that note, what better way to spend the lingering winter days with the Queen of Crime, Dame Agatha Christie herself. The Mysterious Affair at Styles is her first case that introduced Hercule Poirot to the world, and, as usual, Dame Christie did not disappoint.

    Colonel Hastings has been called to Styles Arms at the request of his friend John Cavendish. It is the war years and Hastings is appreciative to take leave of the army. At Styles, Hastings encounters arguments between the various inhabitants of the manor. There is fighting between Mr and Mrs Alfred and Emily Inglethorpe, between Mr Inglethorpe and his cousin Evelyn Howard, between John and Mary Cavendish, and between John and his brother Lawrence. Either the Great War has made the extended Inglethorpe-Cavendish clan tense, or things are not as rosy on the inside of the manor as they appear on the outside.

    It is in this tense environment that within two nights of Hastings arrival that Mrs Emily Inglethorpe is found dying in her bed. A doctor is summoned and rules Mrs Inglethorpe's death to be murder by strychnine poisoning. Hastings is asked to lead the investigative team but with his narrow mind, he is clueless as to who would want to murder and elderly lady. By chance, a group of Belgians is staying at a cottage close to Styles Arms, and among them is Hastings old friend, the one and only Hercule Poirot. Already highly regarded as a premier detective in his home country, Poirot is summoned by Hastings to assist him in solving this dreadful case.

    Christie first published The Mysterious Affair at Styles in 1921 and the book has stood the test of time. Poirot mentions that Hastings should use his gray cells, and he seems a step ahead of both Hastings and Scotland Yard Inspector Japp. Inspector Japp almost immediately accuses John Cavendish of murdering his mother and places her on trial, yet Poirot by thoroughly examining each and every clue tells his counterparts to have patience because perhaps a key piece is missing and perhaps the wrong person has been implicated. Yes, John Cavendish can stand to gain in his mother's will from her death but does it make him a murderer. Only Poirot seems to attest to the truth and leads Hastings, the inhabitants of Styles Arms, and Christie's readers on a fact finding mission to unravel the case.

    As Styles gained in popularity, Christie found that she had a formula that worked with cases starring her famous Belgian detective. As with many of Christie's future cases featuring Poirot, he has all the principal players gather as he explains to them the crime, motive, and guilty party in an easy to follow step by step manner. And as with many cases, Poirot introduces a new piece of evidence toward the end that plays a significant role in the case. Christie's cases are always fun to read even if it is tricky to guess whodunit based on the lack of this key clue. Yet I keep reading her cases and other mysteries to sharpen my mind and keep my little gray cells in order. It is a good thing that February does not last too much longer or I would probably be reading a case featuring the famous Belgian detective before the calendar turns to spring.

    4 stars

  • James

    If you've read my reviews before, you know I love mystery fiction, and in particular, the classics. Agatha Christie died in 1976, and I was born the following year. Two things come to mind... (1) It's a good thing I wasn't alive when she died because I would have been so miserable to be around. (2) Since I was born just about a year later, I'm wondering if maybe a small part of her lives on... as I love her genius and her works of literature... and I can re-read her books over and over again wit

    If you've read my reviews before, you know I love mystery fiction, and in particular, the classics. Agatha Christie died in 1976, and I was born the following year. Two things come to mind... (1) It's a good thing I wasn't alive when she died because I would have been so miserable to be around. (2) Since I was born just about a year later, I'm wondering if maybe a small part of her lives on... as I love her genius and her works of literature... and I can re-read her books over and over again without ever getting bored.

    There are tons of reviews of all her major works, and I don't need to be repetitive in my review. What I'd really try to get across is why you need to read ANY of her works, and then why I'd suggest this one:

    1. This was one of her first books, and I believe the first published one, in 1920, which means she was probably writing it exactly 100 years ago. And though some of the language is a little different, and it takes place with a different cultural atmosphere, the crux of the story -- its plot, is appropriate at any point in time. People don't love Christie for her beautiful language or her great ideas... yeah, she had some of those... but it's her plots and characters that stand out. And those transcend time.

    2. Who else can create such a puzzle that you are constantly trying to guess what's going on? True, tons of writers today, but not 100 years ago. And even with modern writers, it's often in a suspense and thriller type of novel, where it's all about the chase. Christie was all about the calm approach to solving a murder. She didn't try to end each chapter with a big WOW and heart-wrenching scare tactic. It's simple evolution of a timeline, collections of clues, conversations with people... and then you start to see the puzzle come together. But at the last minute, you get the unexpected twist.

    3. With this first book, you meet Hercule Poirot, one of her two popular detectives. Poirot is annoying. He's painful. He will make you angry while you are laughing. And that's the cool part. Columbo is the best comparison I can come up with. And I'm certain Columbo was based on large part by Christie's Poirot.

    So why this book???????

    It's the first in the series. It's a prime example of why her stories work. It's the ultimate tale - a family with secrets. It takes place in the UK... the best place to visit and perhaps live. I don't live there, only visited it. :}

    But it's really the slow build-up of the clues that will have your mind working overtime. So... if you need a Christie stand-alone book, go to "And Then There Were None." If you like female investigators, choose a Miss Marple. If you like a Belgian male detective, flip a coin and pick between Murder on the Orient Express or The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Both will be a great read. But if you need to start at the beginning, go with this one to see what an author's first book looks like. Because if I didn't have my Christie... I'd be like...

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  • Tina Haigler

    Ok. Let's get down to business. This is an old fashioned British mystery novel. So much information! Trying to keep it all straight in my head was extremely difficult. My brain was all over the place but that's what makes a good mystery, in my opinion.

    This is the first book starring the world famous Hercule Poirot and his friend Hastings. Poirot is an eccentric detective from Belgium who fled to England during WWI. Hastings is a little on the dramatic side, always jumps to the wrong conclusions

    Ok. Let's get down to business. This is an old fashioned British mystery novel. So much information! Trying to keep it all straight in my head was extremely difficult. My brain was all over the place but that's what makes a good mystery, in my opinion.

    This is the first book starring the world famous Hercule Poirot and his friend Hastings. Poirot is an eccentric detective from Belgium who fled to England during WWI. Hastings is a little on the dramatic side, always jumps to the wrong conclusions, and never catches on to the hints that Poirot throws his way. It definitely helps inject some humor into what would normally be very dour subject matter.

    The first part of this book (other than the murder of course) is a little slow due to character building, so for about the first 100 pages. After that, Scotland Yard gets involved and that's when things start to get a bit more interesting. The investigation heats up. There are six suspects. People start being cleared or becoming suspicious. At this point it could be anyone. Everyone in this book seems a little shady for one reason or another. The servants seem to be the only ones you don't suspect. Also this book has a lot of dialogue. You have the suspects talking to each other, Poirot interviewing people for information, and Poirot explaining clues, and of course when he reveals everything at the end of the book.

    I might be a little biased because I love David Suchet as Poirot in the TV show but I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing and it was intricate and interesting enough to keep my attention. If you enjoy an old fashioned mystery but have never read Agatha Christie before, this one is a good place to start :)

  • Mohammed Arabey

    سيدة عجوز ثرية وبيت زوجها الراحل الريفي الكبير، حيث تعيش مع زوجها الجديد الذي يصغرها بكثير، وابني زوجها السابق وزوجة أحدهما وفتاة يتيمة تعطف عليها

    وعثر عليها مقتولة بالسم..سم في فنجان قهوة

    وكل أهل البيت مشتبه بهم..بل وشخصيات اخري..لتبدأ الرواية

    كما تري ياصديقي فأن اهل البيت الذين لا تربط بينهم جميعا صلة

    سيدة عجوز ثرية وبيت زوجها الراحل الريفي الكبير، حيث تعيش مع زوجها الجديد الذي يصغرها بكثير، وابني زوجها السابق وزوجة أحدهما وفتاة يتيمة تعطف عليها

    وعثر عليها مقتولة بالسم..سم في فنجان قهوة

    وكل أهل البيت مشتبه بهم..بل وشخصيات اخري..لتبدأ الرواية

    كما تري ياصديقي فأن اهل البيت الذين لا تربط بينهم جميعا صلة دم واحدة... هم مجرمون محتملون

    فكل منهم له مصالح تقضي مع موت العجوز.. لكن شكوكنا كلها غالبا ستتفق علي أحدهم بالاخص...كل الشواهد تقول ذلك

    ولكن لهذا مراجعة أخرى ، بل مراجعات

    ** الراوي هو صديق المحقق، وطلب منه المحقق ان يدون له تفاصيل القضية وحكايتها

    لكن بعكس مقدمة معرفتنا بشيرلوك ودوبين ، الراوي هو صديق قديم لذلك المحقق البلجيكي الفذ ..لكنه بالصدفة يقابله بستايلز بعد الحادث ليشركه في التحقيقات

    ** بوارو كشيرلوك ودوبين فذ جدا ، أنه يصيب دوما في توقعاته مبكرا جدا في الأحداث ويتحفظ علي توقعه ذلك حتي من شريكه الراوي لذلك دوما يأتي الحل بالنهاية مفاجئا وكأن الاخ بوارو لديه خلايا رمادية خارقة للطبيعة ليمكنه من كل هذا الحدس

    ** تنوع في الشخصيات ، زيادة في الشكوك في كل الشخصيات...هناك ما يسمي ب"الرنجة الحمراء"، أو أدلة مضللة علي كل شخصية يكشفها بوارو لنا كلها بالنهاية بمفاجآت متعددة -وإن كانت أكثر من اللزوم هنا، ولكن لاتنسى انها الرواية الاولى

    قد تربكك كثرة الشخصيات، ولكن دوما حاول عمل "توزيع أدوار" الشخصيات علي نجوم سينما في خيالك ليسهل عليك المتابعة

    ** حبكة رواية أجاثا أسرع كثيرا في الحوار والأحداث عن سابقتيها الكلاسيكية التي تتسم بطول الحوار المبالغ فيه احيانا وطول السرد الروائي ايضا بالرغم من قصر حجم روايتهما عن تلك

    وعاما، لا يهم الترتيب كثيرا في روايات وقصص بوارو عدا طبعا معرفة أن "ستار" هي روايته الاخيرة

    هذه مثلا قراءتي الثالثة لبوارو ، بعد "جريمة في قطار الشرق السريع" و "من قتل السيد روجر أركويد"، والاخيرة تلك مشابهة جدا للروايتنا هنا ؛

    من ناحية مكان وقوع الاحداث، والشخصيات المحيطة بالقتيل وخريطة حجرة القتيل والاهم ذكر بوارو للحدس النسائي المقتد

    ايا كان المشتبه به الذي في خيالك الأول سيظهر لك أنه جاني وبرئ اكثر من مرة علي مدار الأحداث..ولكنك لن يشطح خيالك أبدا لتعرف من هو الجاني الحقيقي

    من ستايلز

    محمد العربي

    في 9 يوليو 2017

  • mark monday

    Choose Your Own Adventure!

    You are Captain Arthur Hastings, and you are slowly falling in love with a Belgian. The feelings are embarrassing at first; you find the Belgian himself to be quite an embarrassment. But there is just something about him. Could it be his suave, continental sense of humor... his keen sense of justice... his shapely, rubenesque figure? Or is it simply his hypnotic mustache, perhaps? The passion develops in fits and starts. You don’t want to love him, you really don’t. You

    Choose Your Own Adventure!

    You are Captain Arthur Hastings, and you are slowly falling in love with a Belgian. The feelings are embarrassing at first; you find the Belgian himself to be quite an embarrassment. But there is just something about him. Could it be his suave, continental sense of humor... his keen sense of justice... his shapely, rubenesque figure? Or is it simply his hypnotic mustache, perhaps? The passion develops in fits and starts. You don’t want to love him, you really don’t. You don’t want to follow him around, adventure after adventure. You don’t want to be his little bitch, always at his beck and call, sniping and moaning at him but loving it nonetheless. You don’t like mysteries but you are about to fall victim to the greatest mystery of them all: the mystery of the human heart! Try as you may, the Belgian has hold of you, heart and soul. You will follow him forever.

    If you decide that to love somebody, you must set them free... preferably in Iraq, choose

    If you decide to follow the little Belgian to the ends of the earth, choose

  • j

    "Dear me, Poirot," I said with a sigh, "I think you have explained everything! And how wonderful of you to wait until page 230 to finally shed light on all your absurd behavior throughout the book, and to justify and the red herrings and narrative padding! But of course, it could only be so in the classic style of a fiendish murder mystery! Why, in fact, though this is but the first case we have solved together, I have no doubt we could do the exact same thing as many as 86 more times, depending

    "Dear me, Poirot," I said with a sigh, "I think you have explained everything! And how wonderful of you to wait until page 230 to finally shed light on all your absurd behavior throughout the book, and to justify and the red herrings and narrative padding! But of course, it could only be so in the classic style of a fiendish murder mystery! Why, in fact, though this is but the first case we have solved together, I have no doubt we could do the exact same thing as many as 86 more times, depending on if you count the smaller cases!"

    "Quite so,

    ," Poirot chuckled. "You make such a reliably dim-witted Watson!"

    I looked at Poirot in silent amazement. The colossal cheek of the little man! Then we drank some tea and he kissed me passionately, on the mouth.

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