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Hercule Poirot's Casebook [Hardcover]

Agatha Christie


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T); Reprint edition (30 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399150218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399150210
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 5.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,942,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somebody somewhere was lazy 26 Jan 2003
By Michele L. Worley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a complete collection of "all" 50 short stories featuring Poirot, all of which have appeared in smaller Christie short story collections. ("All" is not strictly true; more about that shortly.) Since there are so many, I won't follow my usual procedure of discussing each individual story; for that I refer you to the individual collections. Instead, I'll address what this particular omnibus has to offer.
In the table of contents, the stories are grouped according to the collection in which they first appeared:
_Poirot Investigates_ (14 stories, all 1923)
_Dead Man's Mirror_ (4)
_The Regatta Mystery_ (5 Poirot stories out of a larger collection; throughout the 1930s)
_The Labours of Hercules_ (including the Foreword)
_Three Blind Mice_ (3 Poirot stories out of a larger collection)
_The Under Dog_ (8, all but "The Submarine Plans"; most 1923, one 1926)
_Double Sin_ (4; 1923 and 1928)
In other words, this book contains the complete contents of _Poirot Investigates_, _Dead Man's Mirror_ (a.k.a. _Murder in the Mews_), _The Labours of Hercules_, and all but one from _The Under Dog and Other Stories_, and the Poirot stories from the various 'mixed' collections.
I don't care for the organization of the book, because it adds nothing not provided by the individual collections, which when assembled were split up with little regard to chronological order. For instance, the 4 stories of the _Double Sin_ collection appear last in the book, but 2 of them are 1923 stories, just like all the stories from _Poirot Investigates_, and the other 2 (1928) predate *all* _The Regatta Mystery_ stories. Two of the stories from _The Under Dog_ were written prior to "The Adventure of 'The Western Star'", which refers to those cases, but the reader is left to jump from the beginning to the end of the book if he or she wants to read the stories in order. While this is no worse than the individual collections, it's no better, either. No index, chronology, or annotation is provided.
The collection claims to have "all 50" Poirot short stories, but that isn't strictly correct. The stories that were omitted were the earlier-but-different versions of some of the stories that were included - that is, stories that were rewritten and retitled from the form in which they were originally written, but retained the same basic structure. "The Second Gong" from _The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories_ was omitted; it was an earlier version of "Dead Man's Mirror", although it didn't see print until after its more famous alter ego. "The Submarine Plans" from _The Under Dog_ was omitted because its alter ego, "The Incredible Theft" from _Dead Man's Mirror_, was included. "The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest" (misspelt, however) was selected over its Spanish Chest alternate. To be fair, in the latter two cases the similarities between the stories are *extremely* pronounced. On the other hand, though, both "Murder in the Mews" and "The Market Basing Mystery" were included.
Something like Baring-Gould's annotated treatment of Sherlock Holmes would be nice, someday, but this omnibus isn't it. It serves a purpose - making it easy to get "all" the Poirot stories in one container - but with a little effort could have been better.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Organization, please! 22 Aug 2008
By Hope Farmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's excellent to have all these stories in one place, it's certainly the biggest collection of Poirot stories I've seen on the market. However, the organization leaves something to be desired. More than once, the stories are out of order in terms of Poirot continuity; a story will reference something in "the past" but you don't read about that event until a few stories later! I wish that there were some more attention to detail in the publishing of this collection. All the same, it's one that I'm pleased to have on my bookshelf. I just had to print out a separate index so that the stories are read in the proper order!

As for the content, well, all of them are wonderful snippets of my very favorite detective. Great fun to read, and of course well-written. I'd recommend it to anyone, even those who don't think they're a fan of "mystery" books - the absence of gore in Christie's stories make them accessible to a much wider audience, particularly those who enjoy intellectual puzzles but aren't interested in bloody murder and crime.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You simply must own this book. 5 Mar 2013
By BRAXTON L WILLIAMS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An important note is that this book contains all the Poirot short stories, but not the novels. All I can say is that there is a reason Poirot is considered the greatest character ever created in the history of Mystery- apologies to Holmes, he, and all the cases he is presented with, are fascinating. Reading this collection is like getting to know a friend, Poirot becomes as dear to the reader as you read, even with all his foibles and vanities. A character study interwoven with mysteries so clever, Agatha Christie will never be paralleled.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 6 April 2013
By Grandma Barbara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was glad to find this book with all of Poirot's cases in it. I collect all of Agatha Christie's books and even though I have most of these stories separately, I like having them all together. It would be great to take on vacation for a great read. I got it at a bargain price too, so I consider it a great find by a wonderful author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars .99 cents plus $4 shipping! a very good deal! 27 Mar 2014
By Robert P. von Fischbach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Why spend $15+ for the newly released Poirot short story collection, when this volume is available from MANY Amazon book-sellers.
As well, sometime I gotta have a real book...I have 400+ books in my kindle cloud thing, but books like this I have to have a hard cover or trade paperback. This collection is a treasure for Agatha C. lovers. The book I received is in excellant shape, with dust jacket...Good OH!
Robert from Atascadero, Ca.
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