Marking exactly 100 years since the publication of Agatha Christie’s first novel, this new edition includes a previously deleted br>Chapter and a newly discovered essay, ‘drugs and detective stories’, in which Agatha Christie reminisces about the inspiration for Poirot’s first case. ‘Beware! Peril to the detective who says: “it is so small – It does not matter…” everything matters.’ after the great War, life can never be the same again. Wounds need healing, and the horror of violent death banished into memory. Captain Arthur Hastings is invited to the rolling country estate of styles to recuperate from injuries sustained at the front. It is the last place he expects to encounter murder. Fortunately he knows a former detective, a Belgian refugee, who has grown bored of retirement….
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the bestselling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign countries. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.