Hercule Poirot

49 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 9,258 ratings

The Mysterious Affair at Styles 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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  • Book 1

    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 270
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous audiobook

    • By david llewellyn on 17-08-17

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    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Sidelined by his war injuries in 1916, Captain Hastings travels to his friend’s estate at Styles Court to recover from his wounds. As the summer heats up, a tragic murder occurs, and Hastings calls upon the services of his old acquaintance Hercule Poirot. With seemingly unrelated clues - a scrap of a burned will, a false beard, and an empty packet of bromide - the brilliant detective launches his first investigation on English soil and forges an enduring friendship.

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  • Book 2

    • Murder on the Links

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Yawn....

    • By Mrs A on 02-07-14

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    • Murder on the links

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really enjoyable read.

    • By Bozz on 26-04-18

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  • Book 3

    • Poirot Investigates

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    First there was the mystery of the film star and the diamond...then came the "suicide" that was murder...the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat...a suspicious death in a locked gun-room...a million dollar bond robbery...the curse of a pharoah's tomb...a jewel robbery by the sea...the abduction of a Prime Minister...the disappearance of a banker...a phone call from a dying man...and, finally, the mystery of the missing will.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • David Suchet IS Hercule Poirot

    • By Mr. P. Hoggan on 15-06-16

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  • Book 4

    • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 403
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 333
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 339

    Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved It

    • By Sue on 22-07-07

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  • Book 5

    • The Big Four

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    Framed in the doorway of Poirot's bedroom stood an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man's gaunt face stared for a moment, then he swayed and fell. Who was he? Was he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what was the significance of the figure four, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life to uncover the truth about "Number Four".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Poirot's most exciting adventure!

    • By George on 08-06-11

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  • Book 6

    • The Mystery of the Blue Train

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumbers. But she will never wake again, for a heavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her features almost beyond recognition. What is more, her precious rubies are missing.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story

    • By Janey on 05-05-15

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  • Book 7

    • Black Coffee

    • By: Agatha Christie, Charles Osborne
    • Narrated by: John Moffatt
    • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 116

    Sir Claud Amory has discovered the formula for a new powerful explosive, which is stolen by one of the large household of relatives and friends. Locking everyone in the library, Sir Claud switches off the lights to allow the thief to replace the formula on the table, no questions asked. When the lights come on, however, he is dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Black Coffee

    • By Kindle Customer on 25-02-18

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  • Book 8

    • Peril at End House

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131

    Nick Buckley was an unusual name for a pretty young woman. But then she had led an unusual life. First, on a treacherous Cornish hillside, the brakes on her car failed. Then, on a coastal path, a falling boulder missed her by inches. Later, an oil painting fell and almost crushed her in bed. Upon discovering a bullet-hole in Nick's sun hat, Hercule Poirot decides the girl needs his protection. At the same time, he begins to unravel the mystery of a murder that hasn't been committed. Yet.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fab!!!!

    • By Catwat on 07-05-15

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  • Book 9

    • Lord Edgware Dies

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111

    Poirot had been present when Jane bragged of her plan to "get rid of" her estranged husband. Now the monstrous man was dead. And yet the great Belgian detective couldn't help feeling he was being taken for a ride.

    After all, how could Jane have stabbed Lord Edgware to death in his library at exactly the same time she was seen dining with friends? And what could be her motive now that the aristocrat had finally granted her a divorce?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A superb mystery superbly read by Hugh Fraser

    • By Vera on 21-09-09

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  • Book 10

    • Murder on the Orient Express

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 809
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 676
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 677

    Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Natsume on 15-12-15

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    • Murder on the Orient Express

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, read by the inimitable Dan Stevens. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer - in case he or she decides to strike again.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • my first detective book

    • By Callum hynd on 19-12-17

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  • Book 11

    • Three Act Tragedy

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103

    Thirteen guests arrived at dinner at the actor's house. It was to be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild-mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, who choked on his cocktail, went into convulsions and died. But when his martini glass was sent for chemical analysis, there was no trace of poison, just as Poirot had predicted. Even more troubling for the great detective, there was absolutely no motive.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Typical Christie, interesting structure.

    • By emma on 14-09-17

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  • Book 12

    • Death In the Clouds

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    From seat No.9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers. Over to his right sat a pretty young woman, ahead, across the gangway in seat No.8, a detective writer was being troubled by an aggressive wasp. What Poirot did not yet realize was that behind him, in seat No.2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really got us speculating

    • By CB on 23-12-12

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  • Book 13

    • The ABC Murders

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163

    There's a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. And as a macabre calling card he leaves beside each victim's corpe the ABC Railway Guide open at the name of the town where the murder has taken place.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book for Agatha Christie lovers

    • By kat on 10-04-13

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  • Book 14

    • Murder in Mesopotamia

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Anna Massey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    Amy Leatheran had never felt the lure of the mysterious East, but when she travels to an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert to nurse the wife of a celebrated archaeologist, events prove stranger than she could ever have imagined. Her patient's bizarre visions and nervous terror seem unfounded, but as the oppressive tension in the air thickens, events come to a terrible climax in murder.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant story - disappointing narration

    • By Dawn on 15-09-12

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  • Book 15

    • Cards on the Table

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    Mr Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he was a man of whom everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to Poirot that he considered murder an art form, the detective had some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's private collection.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another cracking story

    • By Dr. R. Brompton on 08-01-15

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  • Book 16

    • Dumb Witness

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    Everyone blamed Emily's accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky terrier. But the more she thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An entertaining mystery from the 1930's

    • By Mark H on 16-10-12

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  • Book 17

    • Death on the Nile

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: John Moffatt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    John Moffatt stars as the famous Belgian detective in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of one of Christie's most popular novels. Linnet Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a devoted husband, she has everything anyone could wish for. But as the happy couple set out on an idyllic honeymoon cruise on the Nile, storm clouds are gathering. Linnet's former friend, Jacqueline de Bellefort, follows her and Simon wherever they go and Linnet senses she is in danger.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Agatha Christie at her finest!!

    • By Kindle Customer on 19-03-18

    Regular price: £12.00

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