My husband and I hit the road in July to clean up and close on a condo our youngest son used while in college. Goodbye to an era, but an opportunity for new things. We had plenty of listening time as we traveled across the southeast and chose two Agatha Christie novels to keep us company as the miles rolled by. Here’s my take on them.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles. In her first published mystery, Agatha Christie introduced readers to her Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. When the wealthy mistress of Styles Court is murdered, Poirot is on hand to wade through the confusing clues and long list of suspects! A classic whodunit.
Lord Edgeware Dies. 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 Harper Paperbacks. When Lord Edgware Dies a most unnatural death, detective Poirot must solve a most confounding conundrum: if the obvious killer, the slain peer’s spiteful wife, didn’t do it, who did?
Hercule Poirot makes his first appearance in The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Captain Hastings calls on WWII refuge Poirot to step in and solve this locked room murder mystery. In Lord Edgeware Dies, some years have passed by, but the duo of Poirot and Hastings are still solving mysteries. Both books are classic Christie with lots of suspects, daunting clues and Poirot and his little gray cells. I really like the relationship between Poirot and Hastings. There is genuine affection and friendship between the men, but Poirot always manages to get a little dig in about Hastings limited abilities. My husband and I had a fighting chance to figure out whodunit, and we were definitely on the right track. But the endings of both novels provided enough surprise for us to say “so that’s how it was done!”. Hugh Fraser is the narrator of both audiobooks and again does an excellent job.
Another successful trip made more enjoyable with the addition of Hercule Poirot! I recommend both books for mystery fans.
(I purchased both audiobooks from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)