Poirot Investigates: 11 Complete Mysteries Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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. See all Product Description
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I couldn't stop listening!
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.
"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.Read more ›
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Fine collection of stories with Hastings narrating all of them. Humorous and far fetched and still diverting enough to finish. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2001 by JR
POIROT INVESTIGATES is the first short story collection of Agatha Christie's legendary Belgium detective. Read morePublished on April 17 2001
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. Read morePublished on April 7 2001 by George R Dekle
This is a very good light book of Poirot stories, including his very first case as a detective when he was still in Belgium. Read morePublished on April 29 2000 by Karina A Suarez
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