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Why Would People Drink Strychnine For Their Health?
What Does ‘English Beef and Brawn’ Mean?
What Are Land Smocks? Spill Vases? Patience Cards?
What Did Agatha Christie Think Of Jews?
How Did A 25-Year-Old Woman Create
One Of Mystery’s Greatest Detectives?

At Styles, Mrs. Inglethorpe’s word is law, until an unexpected dose of strychnine puts an end to her reign. Now, it is up to her friend, a retired Belgian detective named Hercule Poirot, to find her killer.

Best-selling mystery writer Agatha Christie created intricate stories of murder and mayhem that have enchanted readers worldwide. Bill Peschel illuminates the obscure references in Christie’s debut novel and tells the fascinating stories behind it and its creator.

“The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles” contains:
● Nearly 500 footnotes describing words, idioms, people, places and contemporary events.
● Essays on Christie’s life and the world of Styles.
● A detailed chronology of her life and work.
● Lists of her novels and short-story collections, organized by year of publication and by detective.
● A bibliography of resources, including books about Christie that will delight fans.

“Though this may be the first published book of Miss Agatha Christie, she betrays the cunning of an old hand.”
— The New York Times, Dec. 26, 1920

Other Books By Agatha Christie from Peschel Press

The Complete, Annotated Secret Adversary

About the Authors

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) created two icons of the mystery genre ─ Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple ─ and wrote eighty crime novels and collections of stories, nineteen plays, six novels written as Mary Westmacott, an autobiography and a memoir, Come, Tell Me How You Live. Her play, The Mousetrap, is the longest-running play in history. Christie was awarded the CBE in 1956 and made a Dame Commander in 1971.

Bill Peschel is a recovering journalist who shares a Pulitzer Prize with the staff of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. He also is mystery fan who has run the Wimsey Annotations at for nearly two decades. He is the author of the 223B series of Sherlock Holmes parodies and pastiches, The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Complete, Annotated Secret Adversary and The Complete, Annotated Whose Body? as well as Writers Gone Wild (Penguin Books). He lives in Hershey, where the air really does smell like chocolate.