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Poirot: The Complete Battles of Hastings ("The Mysterious Affair at Styles", "The Murder on the Links", "The Big Four", and "Peril at End House"): 1 Paperback – 19 Apr 2004

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (19 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000717117X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007171170
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,639 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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Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2006
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This compendium is a good purchase for the reader coming to Poirot for the first time, as it includes four of the first six Poirot novels to be published. The missing novels are "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" (1926) and "The Mystery of the Blue Train" (1928) which can be found in the "Perfect Murders" and "French Collection" anthologies respectively.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (4/5)
Poirot's first appearance in print, and Christie's first novel, is an intricate country house mystery that may well leave you as confused as it does Hastings.

Murder on the Links (4/5)
There's a lot to enjoy in this book, especially Poirot's rivalry with a French detective who displays almost as much arrogance as he does himself. It isn't too difficult to solve part of the puzzle, but the later convolutions will leave most readers foxed.

The Big Four (2/5)
Hastings returns from the Argentine in time to help Poirot battle a criminal conspiracy and its intentions to conquer the world! This barmy adventure - really a succession of short stories and episodes - is completely unlike other Poirot novels. Although some of the individual mysteries are entertaining, the whole thing has more the flavour of Sax Rohmer than Agatha Christie.

Peril at End House (3/5)
The impact of this mystery has been somewhat eroded by the number of stories that have imitated it since. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable tale with more urgency and focus than some of the more baffling puzzles.
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Three of the four stories in this collection (The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Murder on the Links, Peril at End House) are classic Poirot and worth getting. The fourth (The Big Four) is more of a rather improbable adventure story, almost Poirot does James Bond; I probably won't read it again.

Note for if you are buying several of these Harper Collins collections of Poirot stories: The Murder on the Links is also in "The French Collection". You may still find it's still cheaper to buy both these collection volumes instead of the individual books, but caveat emptor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Simpson on 12 Oct. 2010
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Anytime is the right time to discover Agatha Christie. A great collection of book sfeaturing the famous Poirot, her Belgian detective. The only thing I should add is that if you are new to the author this collection does contain the final book about Poirot so one should really put 'Curtain' to one side for many years to come.
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By Derek Thorburn on 21 May 2014
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There are similarities in this book to Conan Doyle's "The Final Problem" as Poirot comes up against a group of criminals, supported by henchmen, who are just as clever as he, just as Holmes found the same opponent in Professor Moriarty. The book is one case with several cases along the way where no capture can be achieved. Hugh Fraser, who ably reads this book, tells the story in the first person in Captain Hastings and puts full angry gusto into Hastings' outburst, "Death to the Big Four". He also does full justice to the worry Hastings feels regarding the safety of his wife in Chapters 12 and 13. Poirot, as always, is on top form with his "order and method" and, of course, has to comment to Hastings on his untidiness ("Never, never shall I see you embrace the order and method)". If it's a gripping book you want which you just can't put down, look no further than The Big Four.
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I bought this for my wife, who has Parkinson's disease. It would be easy to manage for anyone without hand problems but my wife finds it hard to hold and turn the pages. A shame because she loves Poirot stories.
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