After reading Murder on the Orient Express, I thought I’d try some other books from Agatha Christie’s Poirot series. I tried reading one called Third Girl, from later in the series, but I didn’t like it much and set it aside, so I decided to try the very first Poirot book.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie introduced Poirot to the world, though he’s a secondary character at first. He gets pulled into a mystery by Captain Hastings, who is visiting friends in the country, when the mistress of the house dies suddenly.
The form of the book was fairly standard, with Poirot collecting information that seems innocuous to others, and then at the end, he brings everyone together to reveal the murderer. Unfortunately, I just didn’t like this one as much as Murder on the Orient Express. Perhaps I’m just realizing I like the BBC series Poirot better than I do the books.