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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great collection, a must for all Christie fans
These short stories, many of which were first published in newspapers, are a joy to read. They are perfect holiday or bed-time reading as each story can be read in about 20-30 minutes. The little Belgian detective and his friend Hastings maintain their friendly banter as they do in the longer novels in which they appear and Japp makes several good appearances. As Christie...
Published on 9 May 2008 by Nostromo

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3.0 out of 5 stars book
print was a bit small, and it was an x library book which i ddint trealise so couldnt give it as a prez, but i did buy it sencond hand, so not the sellers fault
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great collection, a must for all Christie fans, 9 May 2008
These short stories, many of which were first published in newspapers, are a joy to read. They are perfect holiday or bed-time reading as each story can be read in about 20-30 minutes. The little Belgian detective and his friend Hastings maintain their friendly banter as they do in the longer novels in which they appear and Japp makes several good appearances. As Christie herself notes in the introduction (taken from her autobiography), the three characters were based upon Holmes, Watson and the tetchy police chief Lestrade.

Obviosuly, the stories are not as complex, multi layered or multifaceted as the longer stories are and to see Poirot thrive more satisfyingly, you need to look to these, but the short stories manage to keep you guessing and wondering right up to the denouement. Some wonderful characterisations and dialogue as one would expect from Christie punctuates the cases Poirot faces.

In short, the book is a woinderful collection but I cannot help but feel a little less satisfied having read it than when I read some of her longer books. Nevertheless, Poirot fans the world over will love the opportunity it offers to see just a little more of the famous Belgian sleuth at work.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius, 26 Nov. 2003
If you've ever enjoyed a Poirot mystery, then this is the book for you. It's ideal for reading in one go, or equally good for dipping into. The book contains every Poirot short story ever written, and the result is a testament to the genius of Agatha Christie.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for holidays, 19 May 2003
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All those who enjoy Poirot mysteries (and frankly, who doesn't) will love this book of mini-mysteries: they are as well-written and compelling as the longer stories. This collection is especially appropriate to take on holiday, when you might not want to concentrate on one long story for several hours. It would also be ideal to read while commuting, as you can enjoy a different story each day, without having to trawl through stuff you've already read to remember who so-and-so is. And, of course, it's also great for those of us who are simply impatient, and can't wait 100 pages to find out whodunnit!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At around 20p per story - you can't beat it!, 31 July 2008
Being newly addicted to detective stories I bought this book for good value. At the price it works out at just over 20p per story. And since each is a short story, you don't need to bookmark any of them half-way through if you'd prefer to finish it. IMO it's the best possible introduction to Agatha Christie for anyone who hasn't read her before.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No better bang for your buck, 23 Jan. 2004
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Absolutely brilliant collection of short crime fiction. It's a little bulky to manage but for a traveller on the move (or at home on a story a night) it's about as much fun as you can have with your pijamas on!! I had pre-judged Poirot on some pretty poor-rate Hollywood movies and (in my opinion) an over-styled Granada TV series. The novels are well worth this exploratory read and at the cover price you'd be hard pushed to find better value for money. A perfect companion to a long flight or a busy schedule.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Poirot fan!, 8 Oct. 2009
I bought this as a gift for my other half, who loves everything Hercule. In my house it's primarily used for bedtime or holiday dipping in and out of and I got many kudos points as a bonus!
Recommended as a simple one-stop-shop for completing a Christie collection.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All the Poirot short stories, 18 Feb. 2000
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A great short story collection, perfect for travelling with. The stories aren't as complex as the novels as the word count is too low for that, but each is a satisfying read nonetheless. This collection contains 51 stories (I've abbreviated the titles a little here): Victory Ball, Grand Metropolitan, King of Clubs, Davenheim, Plymouth Express, Western Star, Marsdon Manor, Prime Minister, Bond Robbery, Cheap Flat, Hunter's Lodge, Chocolate Box, Egyptian Tomb, Veiled Lady, Johnnie Waverley, Market Basing, Italian Nobleman, Missing Will, Incredible Theft, Clapham Cook, Lost Mine, Cornish Mystery, Double Clue, Xmas Pudding, Lemesurier Inheritance, Under Dog, Double Sin, Wasp's Nest, 3rd Floor Flat, Spanish Chest, Dead Man's Mirror, How Does Your Garden Grow, Problem at Sea, Triangle at Rhodes, Murder in the Mews, Yellow Iris, Dream, Labours of Hercules (12 stories), and Four & Twenty Blackbirds.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definatley for mystery fans everywhere, 15 July 2000
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An extraordinary collection of the Dapper Detectives inimitable methods of detection and intelligence. Nearly every story has a plot unlike any other and in each story I found myself thinking like Poirot, and helping him in his investigations. A must have for all detective story fans and especially fans of Poirot. Tres bon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Hercule, 30 April 2014
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I love Hercule Poirot and these were great. I normally prefer full length stories but enjoyed these short tales of the great Belgian with his 'Little grey cells'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, good value, 29 Sept. 2013
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I wanted to see how close David Suchet is to the character and he is spot on with his characterisation.
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