Poirot Investigates

Poirot Investigates

The very first collection of superb short stories featuring Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings…First there was the mystery of the film star and the diamond… then came the ‘suicide’ that was murder… the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat… a suspicious death in a locked gun-room… a million dollar bond robbery… the curse of a pharaoh’s tomb… a jewel robbery by the sea… the...

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Title:Poirot Investigates
Author:Agatha Christie
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Poirot Investigates Reviews

  • Jason Koivu

    Mon ami, ce sont des histoires agréables!

    Lovely stuff this!

    is a nice, compact selection of stories about cases quickly and concisely solved. No, not every story is a mind-boggler, though one or two went clear over my head, but for the most part I could follow these. Occasionally I even solved the crime well in advance of Poirot. I'm no heavy reader of mysteries, so I attribute this to the age of the stories and the modern-day prevalence on TV for such things. By now we can't

    Mon ami, ce sont des histoires agréables!

    Lovely stuff this!

    is a nice, compact selection of stories about cases quickly and concisely solved. No, not every story is a mind-boggler, though one or two went clear over my head, but for the most part I could follow these. Occasionally I even solved the crime well in advance of Poirot. I'm no heavy reader of mysteries, so I attribute this to the age of the stories and the modern-day prevalence on TV for such things. By now we can't help but to have seen it all before.

    What's not to love about Hercule Poirot? Okay, yes he is conceited. However, it seems almost impossible that someone so infinitely ahead of everyone else in their field could be anything but conceited. Modesty in such a person would seem disingenuous. If Sherlock Holmes kept eschewing the well-deserved praise thrust upon him ("Oh no no, it was

    . I couldn't have managed a bit of it without

    !") the defensive deflection would come to be almost offensive. Also, conceit acts as an innocent flaw, a positive negative if you will, that keeps the hero from saintliness, a very annoying trait indeed. We mortals need something to grasp on to that lets us know this person we are reading about is actually human.

    I haven't read much Christie, only

    comes to mind, but I will be reading more thanks to

    .

  • Lianne - Literary Diversions

    This was the tightest-written, most well-plotted little collection of short stories. Only one out of 11 felt the tiniest bit flat. I cared about the characters, I cared about the solutions and I will definitely read this again.

  • Ysh

    A summary of every Poirot book where Hastings is the sidekick:

  • Susan

    This is an interesting collection of Poirot stories; first published in 1924 and all of which feature Hastings as narrator. Hastings often comments on how conceited Poirot is, although this is justified, as Poirot uses his ‘little grey cells,’ to solve many mysteries and even wins a bet with Japp, during this book.

    The stories involve missing jewels, blackmail, mysterious insurance claims, the even more intriguing case of a ‘very cheap flat,’ in an expensive part of London (unheard of!) which

    This is an interesting collection of Poirot stories; first published in 1924 and all of which feature Hastings as narrator. Hastings often comments on how conceited Poirot is, although this is justified, as Poirot uses his ‘little grey cells,’ to solve many mysteries and even wins a bet with Japp, during this book.

    The stories involve missing jewels, blackmail, mysterious insurance claims, the even more intriguing case of a ‘very cheap flat,’ in an expensive part of London (unheard of!) which piques Poirot’s interest, and more. With Italian nobleman, a missing Prime Minister and a possible Egyptian curse (obviously inspired by the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922), this is a really fun collection, with some influential clients beating a past to Poirot’s London flat to ask his advice.

    Although I do prefer novels to short stories, this was an interesting book. Poirot is at his ease in these stories – brimming with confidence in his abilities and always eager to take on a new case. This is the third Poirot book, and the very first collection of short stories featuring Poirot and Hastings.

  • Adrian

    Well, I had to wait for this book to arrive, as I unexpectedly found that I didn't have it, what ??? So I am a little, oh ok 2 months, behind everyone else who is doing the Poirot unofficial challenge, but as you can tell from my 4 star marking, i am really enjoying this challenge. If i'm honest I didn't realise how many Poirot's I had not read.

    So this was a book of short stories published in"The Sketch" through 1923 and although they are not all excellent (some are better than others) they are

    Well, I had to wait for this book to arrive, as I unexpectedly found that I didn't have it, what ??? So I am a little, oh ok 2 months, behind everyone else who is doing the Poirot unofficial challenge, but as you can tell from my 4 star marking, i am really enjoying this challenge. If i'm honest I didn't realise how many Poirot's I had not read.

    So this was a book of short stories published in"The Sketch" through 1923 and although they are not all excellent (some are better than others) they are all good fun. They all showcase Poirot's prodigious talent in a variety of differing situations. Ably "assisted" as ever by the wonderful Captain Hastings who bumbles through every case wondering what on earth Poirot is up to.

    A great collection of short stories for every Poirot fan

  • Evgeny

    This is a collection of short stories featuring world's best detective #2 and his clueless sidekick. My edition has 14 stories total. In them Hercule Poirot get to investigate murders, kidnappings, thefts, and other related crimes.

    Even in the short form of her

    This is a collection of short stories featuring world's best detective #2 and his clueless sidekick. My edition has 14 stories total. In them Hercule Poirot get to investigate murders, kidnappings, thefts, and other related crimes.

    Even in the short form of her mysteries The Dame Agatha Christie manages to make them complicated enough to make the solution incomprehensible to the readers at first sight. As well as at second. And third. And so on. Until Poirot explains them that is. I managed to solve one of them - before Poirot. Yay for me! To be fair, I need to say that I clearly remembered another one from a previous read, so that one does not count. This makes the score 12:1. Poirot beat me.

    As far as characters go Captain Hastings is way too clueless to be any interesting. Although he does his only job marvelously: he provides great contrast between his mental abilities and Poirot's. Luckily this is one of the few books he appears in. Poirot however provides enough colorful character zest to more than make up for Hastings shortcomings.

    I have a confession to make. I have read every single book of The Queen of Mystery I could get my hands on, but this is not what the confession is about. I thought her books would not be as great on the second read. Thus I kept reading mediocre books, kinda bad books, and outright bad ones. Until one day I started on one of her books again. Again I was hooked. Why in the worlds was I waiting for such a long time? I can only assume I had a temporary lowering of IQ.

  • Jaline

    This is a collection of Hercule Poirot short stories – eleven of them altogether, and each case more deviously clever than the last.

    I am not a huge fan of short stories, in general, because I like longer, more involved stories where I can explore the surroundings and the characters in more depth. I am also a big fan of plots that include sub-plots, and short stories don’t have the space for most of those ‘extras’.

    However, I must add that Agatha Christie writes short stories very, very well. The

    This is a collection of Hercule Poirot short stories – eleven of them altogether, and each case more deviously clever than the last.

    I am not a huge fan of short stories, in general, because I like longer, more involved stories where I can explore the surroundings and the characters in more depth. I am also a big fan of plots that include sub-plots, and short stories don’t have the space for most of those ‘extras’.

    However, I must add that Agatha Christie writes short stories very, very well. The pace is fast, and even though there is only one main plot, it always has sufficient sides to it to keep Poirot and Captain Hastings on their toes.

    Well, having said that – Captain Hastings is always a step or two behind Poirot. Luckily, Monsieur Poirot is also a gentleman and he is adept at smoothing ruffled feathers – even Captain Hastings’.

    For me, the best part of these short stories is that they were all very good, very entertaining, and I wasn’t left wondering for very long how each crime was committed and what tiny inconsistencies led Hercule Poirot to the solution.

  • Katie Lumsden

    I really enjoyed these. Poirot is a hilarious character as always, and the mysteries are good fun.

  • Obsidian

    I really thought this stories as a whole were way too short to get that engrossed in. I found most of them to be merely okay. There was only one that I thought was good. I did have to give it 3 stars though since we have Hastings as our narrator for all of the stories. I do miss Hastings when he is not present in Poirot books. Poirot solo is beyond aggravating. He needs Hastings there to blunder along to be superior to to show off his gray cells.

    "The Adventure of the Western Star" (3

    I really thought this stories as a whole were way too short to get that engrossed in. I found most of them to be merely okay. There was only one that I thought was good. I did have to give it 3 stars though since we have Hastings as our narrator for all of the stories. I do miss Hastings when he is not present in Poirot books. Poirot solo is beyond aggravating. He needs Hastings there to blunder along to be superior to to show off his gray cells.

    "The Adventure of the Western Star" (3 stars)-Poirot and Hastings are called in to keep a woman's most expensive jewel from being stolen from a Chinamen (yeah you read that right). The whole reveal in this story didn't make a lot of sense to me and I had a hard time with Poirot coming out the winner here when he is given facts that Hastings was not.

    "The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor" (5 stars)-The main reason why I had to give this one 5 stars was that honestly I thought it was quite an ingenious way the person behind the murder did this. Apparently the rule is not to be too trusting of others when you have a rifle near you. I do have to say that once again I thought that how Poirot put things together was a bit much though.

    "The Adventure of the Cheap Flat" (2 stars)-I liked the BBC version of this story better. It somehow made less sense written.

    "The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge" (2 stars)-This was a weird case. We have Hastings investigating with Japp when Poirot is down and out with flu. I don't know why he just doesn't tell all to capture the bad guys instead of providing notes with no context to Hastings. This is one of the rare cases where the bad guys get away with it, but karma eventually wins out.

    "The Million Dollar Bond Robbery" (3 stars)-A clever case of who stole some bonds. I do have to say though that I still don't get how Poirot was able to figure this one out. It was a stretch for me.

    "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb" (1 star)-Nope. Seriously. Once again a far-fetched reason for the murder and it is missing Christie's attention to detail when the action moves to another country and city. Very disappointing.

    "The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan" (1 star)-I honestly skimmed this one. I had to. It was so boring. And the reason why Poirot caught the bad guy (their shoes) made me roll my eyes.

    "The Kidnapped Prime Minister" (3 stars)-I found that most of these short stories are really Poirot just explaining to Hastings why he's stupid. Seriously.

    "The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim" (4 stars)-I have to say the reason behind the disappearance doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I just thought the whole story was quite clever. I enjoyed the BBC television episode of this one too.

    "The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman" (1 star)-I can't remember this story at all.

    "The Case of the Missing Will" (3 stars)-I did call BS on the woman in this story hiring Poirot to find out where the missing will her uncle hid from her. He expected her to figure out in order to show that her choice of education was correct in order to inherit his estate. She hires Poirot who figures things out and she wins. I didn't blame Hastings for not feeling okay about things.

    "The Veiled Lady" (2 stars)-A case of the wrong shoes.

    "The Lost Mine" (2 stars)-Reading about how Poirot came to own shares in a mine. It was boring.

    "The Chocolate Box" (4 stars)-You read about a case that Poirot solved, but was wrong about who the murderer was. I would have enjoyed this collection more if we had Poirot recounting older cases of his to Hastings and showing that Poirot was not the smartest person around. He made mistakes, as he did in this one.

  • Vikas Singh

    A collection of eleven short stories featuring Hercule Poirot. because of the short story format there are too many coincidences, loose ends and often a boring end. None of the stories hold your attention for long. Avoidable read

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