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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (351 ratings)

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Summary

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.
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"Almost too ingenious...very clearly and brightly told. ( Times Literary Supplement

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Fabulous audiobook

Hugh Fraser's excellent characterisation of Poirot's first outing is superb. A very enjoyable story from start to finish!

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One of the best

Loved the story and the characters. Hugh Fraser is a fantastic reader as usual. I was hooked from the beginning and didn't guess the ending at all!

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I loved it

A delight to listen especially being read by Hugh Fraser, has become a favourite already.

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one of my favourite books

one of my favourite books I love to read time and time again . and I love listening to the audio . Hugh Fraser is brilliant at telling the story . only wished he did all the books . can't get on with listening to any of the others .

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lovely reading voice, great story!

Such a good listen! and read by Hugh Fraser who plays Hastings in the television series of Poirot! what a lovely voice to listen to.

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Excellent first case!

Hugh Fraser read this novel expertly. He really brought the book to life and managed to chapter the essence of the actors from the TV series. I shall be seeking out more Poirot novels read by Fraser. Well worth a listen!

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A Classy Murder

Totally brilliant - the story of course is what we would expect from a queen of murder stories, and an excellent introduction to the world of Agatha Christie - but, Hugh Fraser is fantastic at bringing the story to life in audio form - multiple characters, brilliantly voiced - the story is full of pace, excellently voiced - he truly makes this audiobook - and on the back of this I will continue to buy more Agatha Christie stories that are performed by Mr Fraser. You really cannot go wrong with this. Very pleased.

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Enjoyable

Very well read by Hastings himself. Very enjoyable and the multitude of characters makes it so much more interesting. Agatha Christie at her usual best!

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Pretty good

Good story and twist but, too reliant on keeping things from the reader. Couldn’t really participate in the detecting :(

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A good first Poirot outing.

Agatha Christie's first Poirot novel and I believe her first book altogether. Not at all bad considering. All the trademark whodunnit things (red herrings) are present. And of course "The Little Belgian" has already formed admirably. Only thing that is not quite up to her later Poirot novels quality, is that she uses a writer trope that I hate. Namely "I know something important, but I'm not telling you just yet". Not used excessively but enough to annoy me a little in a whodunnit.

Hugh Fraser's narration is great.