This is the very first Poirot/Hastings story.Set in 1916, we meet Captain Hastings as he is invalided out of the Great War and goes to convalesce at Styles Court, the family home of his great friend, John Cavendish. By an extraordinary coincidence, billeted in the village is a brilliant little retired detective with an egg-shaped head, who made a considerable impression on the Captain when he was in Belgium. Styles is not a happy household and in the blistering summer heat, tensions mount. Even so, the tragic murder which occurs is not expected. The entire family is drawn into the case but with their reluctant permission, Hastings calls upon the services of the diminutive Belgian. Thus begins one of the great partnerships and friendships in the history of crime.John Moffatt stars as Hercule Poirot, Simon Williams as Captain Hastings and Philip Jackson as Detective Inspector Japp, who already has reason to be indebted to the distinguished and unique hero of so many mysteries.A destroyed will, a shattered coffee cup, an old envelope - such are the seemingly unrelated details surrounding the murder of Mrs Inglethorp, mistress of Styles Court. With a thoroughness that is to become legendary, Hercule Poirot, the methodical little Belgian, begins his first - and perhaps most fascinating - investigation.Cast includes Philip Jackson, Nicola McAuliffe and Simon Williams.
This is a significant story from fictional crime writing genius Agatha Christie as this is the first book in which Poirot and Hastings meet. One of the world’s most famous crime solving partnerships is formed in this crime mystery novel and we join the story in 1916 as Hastings goes to recover from the Great War at Styles Court. In true Christie style, a tragic murder soon occurs and Hastings calls upon the help of a somewhat peculiar man with a head shaped like an egg and a tightly curled moustache to help solve the crime.
Mrs Inglethorp’s murderer left few clues to their identity with an old will, a tatty envelope and a broken coffee cup being the only ties to the crime. With his legendary thoroughness and acute eye for details, Poirot begins to methodically delve into the goings on in Styles Court in an attempt to uncover the murderer. But can he solve his first case and will the surprise twist throw him off course?
This MP3 audiobook, also available as a CD audiobook, is read by UK actor John Moffat as the voice of the intuitive Belgian detective, while Simon Williams reads the voice of Captain Hastings in this great introductory novel to Hercule Poirot.