It's rare that I write about a book more than once. After the previous review I did, more fans have called attention to what makes this book another important part of their collection.
“The Mysterious Affair at Styles as Retold by Dr. Watson to Sherlock Holmes,” by Holy Ghost Writer, is a retelling of Agatha Christie’s debut novel, in which memorable characters of the detective literature genre – otherwise known as whodunit – are brought together: Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Hercule Poirot. One of the many things that are bound to spark your curiosity is that, in this book, Agatha Christie is the protégé of Sherlock Holmes. Furthermore, Holmes is disguised as Poirot.
The dialogues are vivid and well-written, creating the impression of veracity with every word spoken by the characters. Everything flows smoothly, the Holy Ghost Writer doing – yet again – a great job at keeping the tone of the narration as close to that of the original detective stories’ as possible. The manner in which Christie’s writing style is mirrored by the Holy Ghost Writer can only enhance one’s experience as they read the novel.
At the beginning of every chapter there is an illustration that complements the respective chapter’s events, acting like a catalyst in the process of building-up narrative tension and engaging the reader. It is safe to say that every book becomes even better once you add a few good illustrations to it.
When it comes to characters and plot development, the fact that every single one of the guests at the gathering is a potential suspect makes the reading experience considerably more gripping. As you race through the pages, you keep wondering, “Is he the murderer? Maybe she did this and that in order to get to the victim? How could that happen?”, and so on. Speaking of tension, mystery, and unexpected events, the twist at the end of the book will surely take you by surprise.
There are a whole lot more elements that make “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” the intricate work of literature that it is. You will have to read it for yourselves in order to find out why so many people have loved it, determining them to eagerly wait for more novels by the Holy Ghost Writer.