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Poirot Investigates: Eleven Complete Mysteries [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Agatha Christie , David Suchet
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July 14 2003 Mystery Masters
Two things bind this sampler of thrillers: the diminutive Poirot's deductive brilliance and his partner Hastings's obtuseness. The eleven cases here involve film stars, valuable jewels, and abductions as Poirot stylishly uncovers the truth. This is a thrilling short story collection by the master of mystery and the most popular author of all time.

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“Hercule Poirot taught me that ‘all that matters is the little grey cells within. Secretly and silently they do their part.’ No action sequence rivals Poirot using his intelligence and logic to solve a crime.” (M. J. Rose, international bestselling author) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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First there was the mystery of the film star and thediamond . . . then came the “suicide” that wasmurder . . . the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat . . .a suspicious death in a locked gun room . . . a milliondollarbond robbery . . . the curse of a pharaoh’stomb . . . a jewel robbery by the sea . . . theabduction of a prime minister . . . the disappearanceof a banker . . . a phone call from a dying man . . .and, finally, the mystery of the missing will.

What links these fascinating cases? Only the brilliantdeductive powers of Hercule Poirot!

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 14 of Poirot's early cases March 16 2002
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All of these stories (narrated by Hastings) first appeared in _The Sketch_ (a magazine) throughout 1923; all have been adapted by A&E. I've sorted them by original publication date.
"The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan" - (14 March, 1923) Locked-room theft. Hastings, having had a windfall, persuades Poirot to join him on holiday at the Grand Metropolitan in Brighton. When a fellow guest's pearls are stolen, nobody seems to have had opportunity both to steal and conceal them.
"The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim" - (28 March, 1923) Locked-room disappearance: the senior partner of a financial firm went for a walk, just before meeting a competitor in his own home - but Davenheim was never seen again. Japp bets Poirot a fiver that he can't solve it without leaving his flat, even if he gets all the information Japp does.
"The Adventure of 'The Western Star'" - (11 April, 1923) Movie star Mary Marvell has been receiving mysterious letters, saying that her husband's wedding gift to her - a fabulous diamond - is actually one of a pair, the stolen eyes of an idol. And now she and her husband, Gregory Rolf, are negotiating a deal to film at Yardly Chase - where the Star of the East is the most famous gem of Lord Yardly's collection. (Incidentally, the Valerie Saintclair and Lord Cronshaw cases mentioned in passing can be found in _The Under Dog_).
"The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor" - (18 April, 1923) An insurance company hires Poirot to check on the death of a man who, on the verge of bankruptcy, had taken out a lot of life insurance just before his death. (Poirot, with his love of psychology, actually stoops so low as to test suspects with word-association games here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poirot in the Short Form April 17 2001
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot and Hastings -versus- Holmes and Watson April 7 2001
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This was Christie's second Poirot book and the first collection of Poirot short stories. The stories are taut, well-plotted, and surprise endings abound. Not all the cases are murders, but Poirot acquits himself admirably no matter what type conundrum he faces. To me, Poirot is more enjoyable in the short story format than in novel-length stories. The plots have to be simpler, the cast of suspects smaller, and the clues and red herrings less abundant.
Christie's Poirot is still heavily indebted to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. I don't mean this as a negative. Doyle's Holmes was likewise heavily indebted to Edgar Allen Poe's Dupin. Let's catalog a few of Christie's more obvious borrowings from Doyle. Many of the stories are entitled "The Adventure of . . ." Almost all Doyle's short stories were entitled "The Adventure of . . ." As the first story opens, Poirot and Captain Hastings (aka Dr. Watson) are living in a second story apartment and have a landlady. The first story opens like Doyle's "Beryl Coronet" or "Case of Identity", and has a denouement strongly suggestive of "The Mazarin Stone". One story, "The Adventure of the Cheap Flat", is an interesting twist on the plot of "The Red Headed League". In one story Captain Hastings is seen fetching books off the bookshelf for Poirot just as Watson did for Holmes. Once Poirot echoes Holmes when he says "You know my methods by now, use them." "The Veiled Lady" takes its title from Doyle's "The Veiled Lodger", its opening from "A Scandal in Bohemia", and its plot is a very interesting twist on "Charles Augustus Milverton".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff to forget about the world Nov. 6 2001
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Fine collection of stories with Hastings narrating all of them. Humorous and far fetched and still diverting enough to finish. A nice way to see Poirot's earlier cases plus one he even failed -(the best story of the bunch.) Compared to her other story collections, this one isn't great, but it's still highly readable. Try her Witness for the Prosecution collection, too and the shorter Jane Marple pieces. They make a well rounded whole. Christie was skilled in many forms of writing (novels, plays, etc, even romance, under another name)
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