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on 15 May 2007
This was written in 1924 so is one of Christie's very early books. Not all of her short stories are successful, but I really enjoy these. They all feature Poirot and Hastings, but you can feel the difference in their relationship from the later novels: here Poirot can be unbearably arrogant (in Hasting's view), and Hastings himself duller than in later stories. The tales themselves are miniature masterpieces, and cover the ground that Christie will later make her own: unfeasible robberies, exotic mysteries (there's one set in Egypt), and twisted relationships.
Hugely enjoyable, especially if you're a fan of Hastings - as I am!