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Poirot Investigates: 11 Complete Mysteries Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: THE AUDIO PARTNERS; Unabridged Edition edition (July 14 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572703210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572703216
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 14 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'In straight detective fiction there is still no-one to touch her.' Irish Times 'Poirot's gorgeous self-conceit gives a dash of humour to this capital collection of mystery stories. They are ingeniously constructed, and told with an engaging lightness of style.' Literary Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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These are good short stories of hers that are going to be nice for me to take when I want something fun to do while waiting for the flights and other things I have to do on my way to Europe. I know these stories are also in DVD and have always enjoyed watching them, so I know already that they are good stories to read as well as watch on DVD. I have no regrets in buying these AND the other short story collections that she has made.
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I thought this audio book was great! Having David Suchet himself performing the voices...it just makes it classic.
I couldn't stop listening!
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Originally published in 1924, this is the first collection of short stories featuring the pairing of the rotund, little Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and his friend and companion, Captain Arthur Hastings.

It is quite clear that Dame Agatha Christie owes a great deal to her predecessor, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and his creation of the pairing of Holmes and Watson. Indeed, the comparisons are so clear and so plentiful that it would undoubtedly make a very interesting English literature essay to prepare an exhaustive list of the similarities and differences between these stories and the ones that Doyle published a quarter century earlier.

This is not to suggest that these stories are derivative by any means. Poirot is his own man and, in the hands of Dame Agatha Christie, became a fascinating character, well loved by all fans of the mystery genre.

Whether you prefer Holmes or Poirot, Conan Doyle or Christie, I think it's safe to say that all readers will reach at least one unanimous conclusion. In the short story genre, the mystery and plot of necessity is less complex. The real joy in these stories rests in the detectives' methods and the near magical solution of a perplexing mystery; the development of the characters; the interplay between Holmes and Watson or Poirot and Hastings; and the playful way in which Holmes or Poirot irreverently tweak their partners' noses with their ability to see without observing.

Here's my personal take on the winner in the early 20th century mystery stakes. In the short story department, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle beats out Dame Agatha Christie by a nose. But, in the full length novel arena, Poirot beats out Holmes by several lengths.

Regardless of whether you agree with that general thought, "Poirot Investigates" is great fun. Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Poirot Investigates" is a collection of short stories featuring the Belgian detective. His friend Captain Hastings relays the varied tales, ranging from crimes of robbery to kidnapping to murder. It even includes one of Poirot's failures, where he didn't solve the crime correctly ("The Chocolate Box"). Thoroughly enjoyable for all of Dame Agatha Christie's fans.
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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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