Author(s): Agatha Christie
With Impeccable Timing Hercule Poirot, The Renowned Belgian Detective, Makes His Dramatic Entrance On To The English Crime Stage. Recently, There Had Been Some Strange Goings On At Styles St Mary. Evelyn, Constant Companion To Old Mrs Inglethorp, Had Stormed Out Of The House Muttering Something About A Lot Of Sharks . And With Her, Something Indefinable Had Gone From The Atmosphere. Her Presence Had Spelt Security; Now The Air Seemed Rife With Suspicion And Impending Evil. A Shattered Coffee Cup, A Splash Of Candle Grease, A Bed Of Begonias& All Poirot Required To Display His Now Legendary Powers Of Detection.
Agatha Christie's first ever murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. / Newly repackaged Agatha Christie paperbacks, designed in response to market research and target the largest possible number of potential Agatha Christie readers. / Two out of three of all fiction readers have read an Agatha Christie book, and more than half want to read her again. / New covers designed to build on successful brand recognition of the Agatha Christie trademark as well as evoke a sense of mystery -- no two covers will look the same! / Also available as an unabridged audiobook, read by Hugh Fraser. / The first ever Hercule Poirot book, and still many people's favourite.
"Almost too ingenious ! very clearly and brightly told." Times Literary Supplement "Very well contrived." Sunday Times "Altogether a skilful tale and a talented first book." Daily News "The most ingenious and absorbingly interesting tale of sensations and mystery we have read for a long time." Bookman "Well written, well proportioned, and full of surprises. Lovers of good stories will, without exception, rejoice in this book." The British Weekly
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign countries. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.