Almost too ingenious . . . very clearly and brightly told. Times Literary Supplement Deals with poisons in a knowledgeable way. . . Miss Agatha Christie knows her job.

Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe, and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom? Suspects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Mary, from the heiresss fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary. Making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the case.

The key to the success of this style of detective novel, writes Elizabeth George in her Introduction, lies in how the author deals with both the clues and the red herrings, and it has to be said that no one bettered Agatha Christie at this game.

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He had married two years ago, and had taken his wife to live at Styles, though I entertained a shrewd suspicion that he would have preferred his mother to increase his allowance, which would have enabled him to have a home of his own.

. . .Her tall, slender form, outlined against the bright light; the vivid sense of slumbering fire that seemed to find expression only in those wonderful tawny eyes of hers, remarkable eyes, different from any other womans that I have ever known; the intense power of stillness she possessed, which nevertheless conveyed the impression of a wild untamed spirit in an exquisitely civilised body-all these things are burnt into my memory.

Hardcover, 286 pages
Published on August 31, 1990 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
ISBN-10: 0002237741
ISBN-13: 9780002237741
1 Book Review
  • penguin123
    penguin123Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 11:21 am44 stars
    My friend actually showed me this book. it was filled with mystery and I like seeing how each character was developing. read this book if you like mystery.