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on 23 April 2011
I am a great fan of Agatha Christie and enjoyed this book immensly. Each of the short storys was intresting and had me hooked, trying to guess who had done "it".
With some short stories you can feel a lack of character develepment, but this was not a problem, Poirot is a well know character, and even if you had not heard of him before, you quickly become familiar with his egotistical, but lovable ways.

The foreword is a bit confusing. Due to a jump to the first chapter by my kindle I only read it several days later when i went back to the beginning, It can very well be skipped with out losing any sense of the story, though it is an interesting discussion on names I suppose, and has Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes mentioned too, an interesting merging of fictional "worlds".

So I would definately encourage you to read it, the storys are light and interesting and the characters are all Christies best work
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on 29 April 2009
Christie drew on Greek mythology for Poirot's "last" 12 cases. She enjoyed herself finding plots that fitted the fables, and also using her wit and social imagination. These stories are more "psychological" than usual, and involve clever scams and fake religions rather than straight murders and thefts. Nobody is quite who they seem. Poirot is reunited with his Irene Adler, "Countess" Vera Rosakoff, who still radiates warmth and charm despite the ravages of time, makeup and hair dye.
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on 9 December 2013
Hercule Poirot decides to take on twelve cases, each of which relate to one of the labours of Hercules of the Ancient Greek Myths. Although they are short, the stories are very varied and enjoyable. Some of these were incorporated into the penultimate television episode with David Suchet.
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on 5 December 2017
My Mum just loves Poirot. Great book and a great read. Enthralling read. Just like watching him on the TV. Highly recommend.
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on 3 March 2018
Came on time, enjoyed story
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on 6 December 2013
Good stories which I first read thirty five years ago, I was prompted to buy after watching Poirot on TV, the stories were changed and confusing. I HAD to buy and read again to confirm my memory hadn't given up the ghost!

Although period stories, they were still entertaining reading.
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on 24 March 2009
Hercule Poirot takes on 12 cases that remind him of the 12 labours of the mythological Hercules, and Christie has fun spoofing the phenomena of society from invented religions to pretentious nightclubs. The wonderful Tom Adams cover of this edition doesn't bear much relation to the stories (the unwitting pot-head Miss Carnaby is a tubby spinster, not a raven-haired beauty), but never mind.
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on 31 January 2018
Love it and enjoyed the CD very much
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on 28 August 2013
classic agatha christie stories and beautifully read, fantastic bed time listening, as ever. there is a reason why she is the most read author practically of all time!!!!! and her stories work very well as audio especially as the readers are very good.
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on 25 September 2014
I like this book, something different, I liked the reasons why Poirot took on the cases, however, if anyone watched the TV programmes made, they are a little intertwined to say the least. I still enjoyed the book none the less.
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