Poirot: The Complete Battles of Hastings: Volume 2: Vol 2 Paperback – 17 May 2004
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About the Author
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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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.
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.
The writing style is very different to that of Doyle -- it feels very much more like 'classic' literature than the Holmes stories do... possibly a little more formal. For me, that made it a little less accessible, so I had to work a bit harder to get into the plots.
The mystery and intrigue are great though, and there's a splash of romance here and there. It takes you on a bit of an adventure of feelings about the main characters (Poirot and Hastings), as they portray very realistic development and personality traits.
My one criticism is that the plots tend to drag on a bit, so it is perhaps not ideal for people who prefer lots of pace. The third story ("The Big Four") is particularly bad for this... it just seems to go on and on... and then it suddenly stops in a slightly unsatisfactory way. It's still well worth reading it though.
I recommend this book as being an excellent introduction to the Poirot stories. If you are interested in crime stories and the somewhat bizarre methods of a small Belgian man, then you will be well catered for!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have always liked murder mysteries, so I enjoy books by this author, and the culprit is always someone you least expect.Published 22 months ago by Yemi
Overall good condition although there were some unsightly white marks on the front cover which was a shame considering it was gift. Nothing major though ...Published on 20 Jun. 2013 by Deborah75