The name of this story’s narrator is Mr. Hastings. He’s invited, by his friend John Cavendish, to stay at Styles Court in Essex. The owner of Styles Court is Mrs. Emily Inglethorp, John’s stepmother. She remarried after Mr. Cavendish died, his actual husband is Mr. Alfred Inglethorp, a man twenty years younger and the principal suspect of everyone. Styles Court is the house of Mr. and Mrs. Inglethorp, John and his wife Mary, Lawrence Cavendish (John’s brother), Miss. Cynthia Murdoch (a lady who was adopted by Emily) and Miss Evelyn Howard (Emily’s friend and worker).
Mrs. Inglethorp dies, after a series of violent convulsions, when most of the court’s habitants were present. Dr. Bauerstein, Mary’s friend and acquaintance of everyone, is the first person to realize that Mrs. Inglethorp had been poisoned with strychnine. Mr. Hastings knows an excellent Belgian investigator, Hercule Poirot, who’s staying in a house with other Belgians there in Essex, so, he asks him to investigate what happened with Mrs. Inglethorp and who killed her. Poirot will visit Styles Court and he’ll ask questions and investigate everything for discovering the killer in a very clever way.
I loved that every little detail was important and everything was reasonable. I suspected more of a few characters than of others, but, at the end everything matched and became clear. Poirot is a peculiar and friendly character, I think that it would be very interesting to meet someone with his capacity of discovering the truth and with his personality.
This book is of agile reading and it’s very precise. Truly, Agatha Christie is the master of detective and mystery novels. I’ll read some of her other books. For now, I can say that I really enjoyed reading this novel.