The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie's Poirot 1989-2013

"The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it."

Hercule Poirot

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Season 3, Episode 1

The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Agatha Christie’s debut novel, published back in 1920. It was adapted for TV as a tribute for Agatha Christie’s centenary year in 1990 and also to mark the beginning of season 3 of the series. This particular adaptation is considered by many fans to be as close to the original novel as possible. Styles Court, where much of the action takes place, was filmed at Chavenage House, Gloucestershire (pictured bottom right).

The Poirot we see in this episode is younger than previously, as David Suchet and Hugh Fraser present the beginning of the Poirot/Hastings dynamic. Hastings has been sent home injured from the war and is recovering in Styles Court. When a poisoning occurs, Hastings seeks out his old acquaintance Poirot and enlists his assistance. This is one of the few examples of a ‘flashback episode’, another being The Chocolate Box.

The script was written by Clive Exton, Poirot veteran, who also wrote the first episode The Adventure of the Clapham Cook. In fact, Styles even introduces Poirot in the same fashion as in Clapham Cook, focusing first on his pristine footwear and then slowly rising up to his face.
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Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 3 Blu-ray

The impeccable Hercule Poirot is back on the case in these 11 mysteries from the hit series. David Suchet is "a near-perfect Poirot" (USA Today), portraying Agatha Christie's beloved Belgian with intelligence and bone-dry wit. Brimming with beguiling 1930s period details, these lavish adaptations look better than ever in this remastered edition.

Also starring Hugh Fraser (Sharpe) as the affable Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson (Little Voice) as Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon.

Includes all stories from series 3: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, How Does Your Garden Grow?, The Million Dollar Bond Robbery, The Plymouth Express, Wasps' Nest, The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor, The Double Clue, The Mystery of the Spanish Chest, The Theft of the Royal Ruby, The Affair at the Victory Ball, The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Captain Hasting’s, wounded at the Front, is recuperating at Styles Court in Essex.  When Emily Inglethorpe is found poisoned, it is fortunate for Hastings that he bumps into his old friend, the famous detective, Hercule Poirot.

When the evidence seems to point to one particular family member, it is up to Poirot to prove the real murderer is someone else entirely.

‘Almost too ingenious… very clearly and brightly told.’ Times Literary Supplement

E-book exclusive extras:
1) Christie biographer Charles Osborne's essay on The Mysterious Affair at Styles
2) "The Poirots": the complete guide to all the cases of the great Belgian detective.

Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Fan favorite David Suchet stars as the dapper sleuth who solves the thorniest of cases with his formidable intellect.

Set in glittering 1930s Europe, these remastered adaptations capture every splendid detail of the Art Deco era.

Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Casebook Collection

This exclusive set has been repackaged into this Casebook collection which is not available in the shops.

Poirot stars David Suchet as the enigmatic, eccentric and extremely intelligent Belgian detective who pits his wits and little grey cells against first class deceptions and murderers. Poirot is aided in his tasks by Miss Lemon and Hastings his reliable side kick.

This collection includes 28 DVDs, 61 episodes from the first 11 series