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Captain Arthur Hastings is wounded and sent home from WW1. He meets his friend John Cavendish, who offers him a stay at his (or rather his step-mother's)house, called, "Styles."    Hastings accecpts and so they go there. Hastings is introduced to the other members of the household, which include Mr. Inglethorp, the new husband of Mrs. Cavendish (John's step-mother.) No one likes him, except his wife, and no one trusts him. Naturally, when Mrs. Inglethorp is murdered about a week after Hastings arrives, everyone suspects Mr. Inglethorp. Enter Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, who was recently refugeed to England from the War. This interesting case was Poirot's first in England, and it will begin his long career there...
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging    -   Very obvious Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's    -   1900-1920's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40%    -   50% Special suspect?    -   lover Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for missing person Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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