The Mysterious Affair at Styles: A Detective Story

By Agatha Christie | Go to book overview

CHAPTER IV
POIROT INVESTIGATES

THE house which the Belgians occupied in the village was quite close to the park gates. One could save time by taking a narrow path through the long grass, which cut off the detours of the winding drive. So I, accordingly, went that way. I had nearly reached the lodge, when my attention was arrested by the running figure of a man approaching me. It was Mr. Inglethorp. Where had he been? How did he intend to explain his absence?

He accosted me eagerly.

"My God! This is terrible! My poor wife! I have only just heard."

"Where have you been?" I asked.

"Denby kept me late last night. It was one o'clock before we'd finished. Then I found that I'd forgotten the latch-key after all. I didn't want to arouse the household, so Denby gave me a bed."

"How did you hear the news?" I asked.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Chapter I - I Go to Styles 9
  • Chapter II - The 16th and 17th of July 29
  • Chapter III - The Night of the Tragedy 42
  • Chapter IV - Poirot Investigates 53
  • Chapter V - It Isn't Strychnine, Is It? 84
  • Chapter VI - The Inquest 125
  • Chapter VII - Poirot Pays His Debts 145
  • Chapter VIII - Fresh Suspicions 163
  • Chapter IX - Dr. Bauerstein 188
  • Chapter X - The Arrest 209
  • Chapter XI - The Case for the Prosecution 233
  • Chapter XII - The Last Link 261
  • Chapter XIII - Poirot Explains 277
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