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Mysterious Affair at Styles (Fully Restored)
Mysterious Affair at Styles (Fully Restored) | Agatha Christie
The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to William Morrow Paperbacks. The Christie classic, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the book that launched the phenomenal detecting career of the master sleuth Poirot a perplexing locked room murder mystery that was Poirot's first appearance on the crime fiction scene and now featuring a "missing chapter" as well as commentary from Agatha Christie expert John Curran."
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LiteraryinLawrence
Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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I‘ve read this several times but it had been a while. As per usual I did not remember everything that happened (mystery book rereads= one time when that really comes in handy for me!), so it was delightful to rediscover it. I just love Agatha. 💗💗💗

Susanita Handsome feline! 3h
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LiteraryinLawrence
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I‘m turning to my Litsy friends who are fellow Agatha Christie devotees. I‘m planning my second tattoo, which I want to represent Poirot and Miss Marple. 💗💗 My first tattoo is a quote from Pride and Prejudice; this time, I want images rather than words.

~~If you were going to represent Agatha/Poirot/Marple visually, what images would you choose?~~

Thanks, friends!! (And here are some rereads I‘d like to do for “research” 😋)

LiteraryinLawrence So far my ideas are a teacup or a ball of yarn plus knitting needles for Marple. And the silhouette with the bowler hat/mustache/bow tie for Poirot. But those things don‘t seem to go together…? 3d
LiteraryinLawrence #goldenagecrimeclub I‘m not a member of the club, but I would love your opinions on this! 💗 #agathachristie 3d
mrsmarch @LiteraryinLawrence Poirot‘s profile is in silhouette on the teacup, with the knitting needles resting on the saucer. 3d
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mrsmarch Maybe a pocket watch set to 4:50, and a ticket for the Blue Train or the Orient Express? 3d
MissHel Maybe Poirot‘s mustache and Miss Marple‘s knitting needles? The needles could be knitting a bottle of poison. 3d
LiteraryinLawrence @mrsmarch @MissHel These are such creative ideas! Thank you! 3d
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Bluebird
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I may be the last mystery lover here to find the ‘All About Agatha‘ podcast, but at least I eventually discovered it! I decided to read each book and then listen to the podcast. I am very pleased so far. The podcast truly enhanced my read of her first book and it gave food for thought. I look forward to the next. Fortunately it has been 10+ years since I last read any Christie, so it feels like a new read since I recall little.

Bluebird #52bookclub23. #acharacterwhoisarefugee in this book, Poirot is a refugee from Belgium during WWI. Decided to use this one since I believe this is one of the more challenging prompts for me to complete. (edited) 3w
Librarybelle You‘re not the last - I‘m not familiar with the podcast! I‘ll have to check it out! 3w
KarenUK Me neither! I‘m definitely gonna check it out! 3w
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Bluebird @Librarybelle @KarenUK yay! Glad I‘m not the only one who never heard of this. I hope you enjoy it! 3w
BarbaraBB I used to be such an Agatha Christie fan! This podcast sounds great, as does your idea to read a book, then listen to it! 3w
Cinfhen Count me in as another newbie!! I‘m still not a huge podcast listener but I love the idea behind this one. Thanks for sharing ❤️🎧 3w
Bluebird @BarbaraBB it may take me a few years to get to them all. Lol. I am planning to read at least one per month. Only 65 to go! 😂 3w
Bluebird @Cinfhen i‘m not much of a podcast listener either. This is only the 2nd one I‘ve started. 3w
Cuilin @Bluebird are you reading them in order? I‘ve read a few, but out of sequence, I just bought The murder of Roger Ackroyd. 3w
Bluebird @cuilin yes, i‘m reading them in order—to follow the pocast. Next up is The Secret Adversary (edited) 3w
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VioletMoonBooks
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dabbe
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Mehso-so

I sort of enjoyed this first introduction to the infamous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. After reading THE CHRISTIE AFFAIR, which takes place at the home of Agatha and Archie Christie, Styles, I had to read this one, which is based loosely on the infamous home of the Christies. Christie is a master at building suspense, but in this one, all Poirot does is never tell Hastings anything. A fun and gripping read, but not Christie's best.

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BarkingMadRead
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Roary47
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Mehso-so

3✨ The first Hercule Poirot mystery. This involves a very rich woman who was poisoned. There was a lot of back and forth with how the poison got into her system. I was not very engaged in this one as much as others. However, I did enjoy how it shifted quite a few times to keep you guessing. For word search there was 235(10)+ 15 for genre and 1 participation post point =2,366 #Scarathon #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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Moll
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Listening to The Mysterious Affair At Styles via the Phoebe Reads A Mystery podcast!

This one definitely fits for 'killer' for today's #ScarathlonDailyPrompt!

#Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash

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mandarchy
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This quote 😆. I've only read 2 Christie books. Both times I was startled by the vocabulary. The 1st time was reading the Orient Expess. The book was cataloged in my gradeschool library and included the word orgy. This time I was shocked by the 20th century normative racist mores. 😳 I wasn't expecting it. I think people read books like this for the same reason I got sucked into Downton Abbey. If someone could just tell me what that reason is..?

mandarchy I can't help but point out that the word orgy also appears in Peter Pan. When these books were published it just meant crazy party. My grandfather used to refer to the crazy stuff kids did as orgies. So unsettling to hear gramps say it 😳 7mo
KathyWheeler There‘s a lot of very casual racism and anti-foreign sentiment in Christie‘s novels. I just started reading her books a few years ago and was very shocked by it. 7mo
Scochrane26 I like Christie books because she usually has a creative ending & they‘re fast reads. The racism & foreigner references I try to ignore, as well as the term “old pussies”, which is used often in the Miss Marple series lol 7mo
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mandarchy @KathyWheeler what a relief publishers are finally publishing alternate perspectives and making casual racism (never should have been a thing) unacceptable. I think I'll return to the 21st century. 7mo
mandarchy @Scochrane26 this last week that has been the p word, I had to hear Colbert joke about T grabbing it to finally get what the p word was. I work with children. Swearing is so out of my norm. The p word is poop where I work. 7mo
Scochrane26 @mandarchy I typically hate the p word, but it makes me laugh when I read it in a Christie book, maybe because I know it means something different. 7mo
mandarchy @Scochrane26 we had a cat dish labeled with the p word in the '80s. It was so fun to wait for our exchange students to ask about it. That word is not a problem for me and that's why I wondered why they said p-word instead of pussy in the news. I was more shocked by the use of the n word in the book. 7mo
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kspenmoll
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#192025 #challenge
Ok, I went on book sites to order an inexpensive copy and found this edition for about $6. But in truth it was the cover art that prompted me to buy it. What I did not realize was that it is like an 8x11 magazine!

Librarybelle How awesome! 7mo
tokorowilliamwallace Yes, like a literary magazine. Nice edition! One of the benefits of thrifting or buying secondhand is the older editions one can find---makes it more interesting. 7mo
kspenmoll @tokorowilliamwallace @Librarybelle Totally agree with you both! 7mo
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Magpiegem
Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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28/22 In the UK David Suchet IS Poirot. As a mystery fan, Agatha Christie, is hugely lacking from my life. Although I did watch Poirot in the 90s. I‘m starting from the beginning and I‘m going to work my way through them all starting with this one published in 1920. It was interesting to see the character of Poirot begining to develop and I enjoyed the courthouse scenes. But Hastings… what a twit 😂 #booked2022 #adaptedforthesmallscreen

Cinfhen Love both the review and the accompanying photo 😍 8mo
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Magpiegem
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I‘m having a real murder mystery week, this is my current listen that I got a large way through in my evening walk with the sheep yesterday. I was i was listening to the Currently Reading Podcast and felt realised I have never actually read any Agatha Christie so I have decided to read Poirot in order (although not all at once!) after this I must leave Murder behind for book club and #booked2022 reads for the rest of June!

Cathythoughts Beautiful green land 💫 8mo
EvieBee Wow! What a view! 8mo
Magpiegem @cathythoughts & @EvieBee thank you 😊 we are really lucky our house looks out to sea and backs onto the South Downs national park so there is always something lovely to look at 8mo
mandarchy I'm right behind. I made it a reading goal this year to read some Agatha Christie and just started this book today. 7mo
Magpiegem @mandarchy oh good! I will have someone to compare notes with 7mo
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SolaRaynor
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The first Poirot mystery. Loved it!

aa_guer2021 My hubby and I just watched Death on the Nile and it made me remember how much I enjoy his peculiar style! Stacked 10mo
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Bookish_Gal
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Very well way to describe Poirot to those who do not know how he works. This was apparently Agatha‘s first mystery novel, which introduced Poirot. Haven read other books of Hers, this was quite tame. Though it was no less conniving. A family murder mystery, questions between both dies of this half family. Which made it little difficult to know who was on which side. Still a good read to get the worrying at that period.
#AgathaChristie

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Emilymdxn
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Stressful times at work call for Phoebe reads a mystery! I‘m starting right at the beginning with the mysterious affair at styles in proper early pandemic style.

And a quick #bfc22 update - I‘ve had a promising first week of February and managed I think 3 workouts in the first week. All a bit exhausting but let‘s hope I keep this up! @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Yay! Way to go! 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
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Bookish_Gal
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The was amusing to come across. If not just People must really believe that. Both that they‘d be able to just know who the culprit was, but that family would know. That final chapter piece is exactly what Poirot does every mystery! Especially funny knowing this was Agatha‘s first mystery novel with him.
#AgathaChristie

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 8/150 for 2022.

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Caterina
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A fun little #SerialReader lark! My first Poirot and second Agatha Christie - I'm excited to see her more developed skills in later novels! Fun twists and turns from the POV of a naive Watson-like Hastings who's hanging out with a quirky Holmes-like Poirot. Not a particularly sad murder, so there's a fun focus on clues and all the little intrigues of the household! ⭐⭐⭐/5 #Poirot @SerialReader

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Zuhkeeyah
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I could not put this book down once the investigation started rolling. That said, the narrator was driving me nuts. Though it kind of makes me laugh considering this is Dame Agatha‘s impression of what goes on inside the mind of a upper class young man. Basically not much. The mystery was absolutely fantastic and I already want to dive back in to find the clues in real time. Thank you a great first #nwyd22 @MatchlessMarie 😁! ⬇️

Zuhkeeyah I‘m going to spread out my #nywd22 list throughout the year. @monalyisha 13mo
RaeLovesToRead Haha, yeah Captain Hastings is so much more irritating in the books than on TV 😄 13mo
monalyisha Fun! And yeah — you‘ve met the January requirement! Your list is yours to do with as you wish. I‘m glad you like it enough to continue! 13mo
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Caterina
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I decided to start my year off with #SerialReader and chose this book because I remember enjoying the only Agatha Christie I've read: And Then There Were None. Also, this genre seems like a good vibe for a book I read in daily snippets on my phone! 👍 @SerialReader

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DrexEdit
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OK, count me among the new Agatha Christie fans. I thoroughly enjoyed this story with Hercule Poirot. He seems to have sprung fully formed from Ms. Christie's head.

This checks the Hercule Poirot box for the #cloakanddaggerchristmas challenge!
@merelybookish

merelybookish Congrats! Was this your first time reading Christie? 14mo
DrexEdit @merelybookish Yes, it was! I'm late to the game. 😄 14mo
RaeLovesToRead I love Poirot! (And the challenge) ? I'm going to read a Poirot for "bilingual detective" I think! 14mo
DrexEdit @RaeLovesToRead Oh, I hadn't thought of that! 😄 👍 14mo
vivastory I 💙Christie & Poirot 14mo
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dreamingpoet
Pickpick

I absolutely adore Poirot. My favourite of Agatha Christie‘s series‘.

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Zuhkeeyah
Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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Thanks for a great #newyearwhodis list @MatchlessMarie 😁

As a fan of mystery novels I‘m embarrassed to admit I‘ve never read any Agatha Christie though it‘s always on my classic reading TBR. With that in mind, I think my first read will be A.C..

Thanks for setting everything up @monalyisha

monalyisha You‘re welcome! I hope you have fun! 1y
MatchlessMarie It was my first time too! Been meaning to pick it up for a long time. I am a big fan of Richard Armitage as a narrator though which is what I think finally pushed me to read it. 😅 1y
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Victoria_Clyne
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This is my first Poirot. I love a bit of crime fiction and I'm on a real streak with them. I was wondering how accessible this would be given it was written 100 years ago but I found just as compelling as more contemporary mysteries.

I loved that it was told from Hasting's point of view. A great mystery.

SolaRaynor I just finished “The ABC Murders“. It was really good! 14mo
Victoria_Clyne @SolaRaynor something to look forward to. I have a compulsion to read books in order. 14mo
SolaRaynor @Victoria_Clyne I wish I would've done that with the Poirot mysteries. I've been sort of grabbing them off the library shelf when they come available, and I accidentally read the last book in the series!! 14mo
Victoria_Clyne Oh no @SolaRaynor I hate it when that happens 14mo
SolaRaynor @Victoria_Clyne At least there are plenty more Poirot books to read :) 14mo
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MatchlessMarie
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Another notch in my resolve to listen to all the Richard Armitage narrated books. Also this one is included in your library if you are an audible member 👌👂🍭 #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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StellaB
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A charming classic detective novel, introducing Hercule Poirot. I really liked the gentle humour, but the pure ‘whodunit‘ style means that the characters are mostly there to provide clues 🙂

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bthegood
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This was a bit busy - a lot of “clues“ and Poirot's quirks are too pronounced - but would still pick as it is a good mystery, fun to see how all the clues work to identify the killer and it is the first Poirot book -

make a great day everyone -

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bthegood
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With grandson all day, limited reading time, so safe to post #AwesomeAugust #AnyWayYouReadathon updates
Did not finish tagged book, dnf'd Calamity Jane, did finish 3 books that were not my goals🤣
Make a great day everyone.
@Andrew65 @kimmypete1 @Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl thank you for hosting.

MidnightBookGirl Love, love your mug! 1y
Andrew65 Often the case, well done and thanks for taking part 👏👏👏 (edited) 1y
bthegood @Andrew65 as always - thx for your support 😊 1y
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bthegood
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Adding #AnyWayYouReadathon @Eggbeater @kimmypete1 @MidnightBookGirl to one I'm already doing - #AwesomeAugust readathon @Andrew65

Goals - finish tagged book and My Calamity Jane -

Happy Friday the 13th everyone-

Andrew65 🤞🤞🤞 for Friday 13th. 1y
Eggbeater Thanks for joining! 1y
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MidnightBookGirl Happy Friday the 13th! Thanks for joining us! 1y
kimmypete1 Thanks for joining! 1y
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bookandbedandtea
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This story is a little convoluted but that doesn't keep it from being incredibly entertaining. I enjoyed listening to this while I worked.

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bthegood
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#TBR #ReadingUpdate #CurrentlyReading

Not much read this past week for #LitsySummerCamp @ImperfectCJ - actually on a trip and spent so much time outdoors (doing camp like activities) that reading time was limited 😊 -
Joining #AwesomeAugust @Andrew65 - goals are to finish My Calamity Jane and Mysterious Affair at Styles -

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. 😍 1y
bthegood @Andrew65 as always thx for your support and for hosting 😊 1y
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bthegood
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Not much for arts and crafts, so I'm taking the boys fishing. #LitsySummerCamp @ImperfectCJ

katy4peas Fishing is a craft 😉 depending on how you look at it. Or should I say there is a craft to fishing. 🤔 Have fun! 😁 1y
bthegood @katy4peas thank you ☺️👍 1y
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GinaKButler
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I have a goal to slowly work through Agatha Christie‘s mysteries. Starting the first in the Hercule Poirot series. 🕵🏻‍♀️

Victoria_Clyne Me too. 1y
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bthegood
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#LitsySummerCamp @ImperfectCJ
I'll be in Alaska (trip with my nephews) so I don't know how much I'll read while I'm there (but the flights there and back do offer opportunities 😊)
Goals will be to finish tagged book and the audio book I'm listening to (My Calamity Jane) -
Make a great day/week everyone -

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bthegood
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Realized I have been on Litsy one year - happy anniversary to all who share this #Litsyversary date - and thank you all - so grateful you are here.

Make a great day everyone. 😊

AnneCecilie Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🎉📚 2y
Avanders Happy litsyversary!! 🥳📚 2y
Tattooedteacher Yay! Congratulations!🎈🍾🎉 2y
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rwmg Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚 2y
eeclayton Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 2y
fredamans Happy Litsyversary! 2y
Deblovestoread Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
sharread Congratulations Litsyversary 2y
Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary! 🥳🥳🥳 2y
Tera66 Happy Litsyversary!!!💃 2y
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AmyK1
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I enjoyed this first Poirot book. Christie does a good job of hiding the true murderer until the very end, as usual.

I‘ve got a new reading buddy! My son‘s new dog, Terra 🐶

SheReadsAndWrites Sweet baby ❤️🐶 2y
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sarahgreatlove
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I‘m keen on reading all of Agatha Christie‘s works, I‘ve only read Murder on the Orient Express so far, so have started at the beginning of the poirot series. I listened on audio, which I enjoyed. Great narrator though I did want to wallop him sometimes - I don‘t know much about Christie herself but I found the way women were portrayed and discussed amusing, especially her writing as a man about women. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Hazel2019 I still haven‘t read anything by Agatha Christie! Trying to figure out what of hers to pick up first… 2y
ravenlee @Hazel2019 I haven‘t read much of Christie yet, but may I recommend And Then There Were None? It has the benefit of being a stand-alone and it was really well done. I liked it more than the single Marple and Poirot books I‘ve read. 2y
Hazel2019 I‘ll start with that one! Thanks for the recommendation! 😊 2y
sarahgreatlove @ravenlee oh thanks for that! 2y
sarahgreatlove @Hazel2019 yeah I wasn‘t sure either so just found a list of books in order and figured, why not? 😻 2y
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5feet.of.fury
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Lucy is enjoying the nook of books 📚 🐈‍⬛

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jenniferw88
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Day 14: #mellow

Captain Hastings? Not sure about this choice!

#maycharacters @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚 2y
Eggs Oh I loved this mystery! 2y
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squirrelbrain
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I enjoyed this one, but not as much as I hoped that I would. It was very much ‘of it‘s time‘ and I guessed the ending, although maybe I remembered it from way back when?! I borrowed the first 3 Poirot books from the library with the idea that I would re-read the whole series. I think I will carry on for a while, but that idea doesn‘t excite me as much as it did.

Still a pick though! This was my #bookspin for May.

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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5feet.of.fury
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Current read. There‘s no date on when this book was printed, but when ever it was, it cost 60 cents.

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MelindaOtt
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My first Agatha Christie book is THE first Agatha Christie book. I made a goal to read them all and this one was a strong start!

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howjessicareads
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Mehso-so

Richard Armitage FTW. #howjessreads2021

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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My second ever Christie and first Hecule Poirot book. This one kept me guessing who done it and I can see (again) why Agatha Christie is so popular. It felt set in it's contemporary time but didn't feel stodgy by today's standards. I will certainly be reading others by this author.

#authoramonth @Soubhiville

+676 points #wintergames2020 #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick

11 readathons and 6 hours⬇️

Andrew65 Recently I‘ve got into Poirot. 2y
DieAReader Great job!👏🏻🥳 2y
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TheSpineView 👍📖📚 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Poirot's first appearance!! 2y
Bookgoil ❤️ 2y
bthegood Your review is spot on - I think that is why I have fallen in love with Christie books - they seem to feel current and I am always guessing until the end!! Will add to my TBR - (edited) 2y
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amywithbooks
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I haven't read Agatha Christie since high school. I forgot how much I enjoy her mysteries, and Poirot is such a fun character. I plan on rediscovering more of her books in 2021!

And with this, I reached my goal for the year!! 🎉🎉

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Congratulations! 2y
melrailey Yay! I‘m slowly working my way through all of Agatha Christie. 2y
amywithbooks @melrailey i am going to try to do the same! 2y
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Skygoddess1
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I found this particular Poirot to be interesting in large part due to all the time spent in a courtroom. Definitely a good introduction to the detective, although I prefer later texts where the mystery is the sole focus and the reader doesn‘t also courtroom drama. #AuthorAMonth #LittenListen #BookSpinBingo #WinterGames2020 #TeamReadNosedReindeer +16

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Good twists (which is trademark Christie) but I wasn‘t fully engaged. This was her first published mystery and introduces Poirot and his sidekick Hastings. I was always more of a Miss Jane Marple fan, so I‘ll pull one of those off the shelf for my next #authoramonth read.

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DHill
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This is the first full Agatha Christie I‘ve read and it was a lot of fun. Poirot unravels the mystery with typical flair. And the narration was well-done.

@Soubhiville
#AuthorAMonth

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