The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie
I admit, I'm one of those rare birds who really loves the classics ... and Agatha Christie's Poirot mysteries are amongst my favorites. I don't know how it is that I never got around to reading this book before now, but there you are.

In this outing, Poirot is helping his friend, Captain Hastings, unravel the mysterious murder of Mrs. Inglethorp, the grande dame of Styles. She's been poisoned by strychnine and, as is often the case, there are a plethora of potential suspects with means, motive and opportunity.

The complications are just as numerous, but Christie brings us through the tale of intrigue in tremendous fashion as we watch the Belgian detective exercise his "little grey cells" and put together the clues. Once the "whodunnit" is revealed, and all of the clues laid out, I am almost always surprised at what was right in front of me and yet somehow misse along the way -- which is what makes Christie such a brilliant author.

Highly recommended.