Agatha Christie's Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

DVD - 2000
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Set in the summer of 1917, the story follows the war-wounded Captain Arthur Hastings to the Styles St. Mary estate of his friend John Cavendish. The Cavendish household is wrought with tension due to the marriage of John's widowed mother to a suspicious younger man. Hastings runs into his old friend Hercule Poirot In the village. When the estate's trouble turns deadly, the friends unite to solve a most baffling case.

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Onewhoissaved
Jan 19, 2016

"The mysterious affair at Styles" (1990) is pretty good for a mystery. Christie's first book published in 1920 stands the test of time. All I find missing is no Miss Lemon. Hastings and Japp are so young looking!

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talktimereader
Nov 02, 2015

Always the unexpected twists. Love the series and love the actors.

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LibraryUser53
May 28, 2014

Poirot, Captain Hastings, and Inspector Japp all make their debut appearances in this who-done-it by Agatha Christie. The TV screenplay is expertly written and stays true to the original novel. On the plus side, an interesting story, well done, and well acted. On the minus side, like many of Christie's plots, it's unnecessarily obtuse. And with no closed captioning provided, understanding the dialogue is difficult in spots. Still, overall, recommended.

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Liber_vermis
Feb 27, 2013

This is Christie's first Poirot story where the detective's colleague is Lieutenant Hastings (later promoted to Captain). The story has a startling opening with Hastings participating in aversion therapy for shell-shock (now known as PTSD) in the penultimate year of World War 1. Poirot appears in an English village leading a group of Belgian war refugees. The cinematography is memorable for its portrayal of the contrasts between invalided soldiers and the landed aristocracy; horse-drawn vehicles and horseless carriages; and a murder in a country mansion against the slaughter on the Western Front. The plot features the usual large cast of suspects and a surprise twist ending with special appeal to chemists and pharmacists.

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