POIROT INVESTIGATES is the first short story collection of Agatha Christie's legendary Belgium detective. All the Poirot trademarks are here, his incredible vanity, his desire for neatness and order, the brilliance of his 'little grey cells'. Captain Hastings is ever present in these adventures, always baffled, loyal to the core, the perfect Watson. There are many great stories in this volume, including The Kidnapped Prime Minsiter, The Adventure of the Egyptian's Tomb, and The Veiled Lady. One should especially read the final story in this volume The Chocolate Box because it is a tale of one of Poirot's rare failures. It's also one of her better short story puzzles.
This volume is typical of Dame Christie and is immensely readable. Many of the stories show the cleverness that would soon become her trademark. I feel, however, that many of her other volumes of short stories are sharper than these, especially Miss Marple's first short story collection The Thirteen Problems, one of the more important volumes of short stories in mystery fiction. But these are still enjoyable and baffling. It is a fine addition to your Christie library and is highly entertaining, which, of course, was Christie's goal in the first place.