Poirot: Four Classic Cases: Omnibus Paperback – 1 Nov 2004
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‘The acknowledged queen of detective fiction’
‘The empress of the crime novel.’
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 Murder of Roger Ackroyd (5/5)
Reputedly one of Christie's finest pieces of misdirection, this locked room mystery has lost none of its capacity to baffle.
Murder on the Orient Express (5/5)
Even if you know the solution (which would hardly be surprising given the fame of this story) this is an entertaining novel.
Murder in the Mews (4/5)
A novella - or perhaps long short story - with an enjoyable plot twist. Also available in "Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories", so you may already own it.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas (3/5)
There's plenty to like about this locked room mystery, but its solution is somewhat unconvincing, and this is not one of the best Poirot novels.
I love the character of Ariadne, and her eccentricities complement Poirot's methodical and logical approach perfectly.
I am yet to read the short stories, but have read the three novels and enjoyed each one very much. I particularly liked 'Cards on the Table' as it took a slightly different approach than the usual, 'it could have been anyone'. It is clear that the murderer has to be one of four, and the intricate way in which each character is unravelled is excellent. At the beginning it appears that there is no evidence to go on at all, but it soon becomes clear that there is, in fact, a wealth of evidence available to Poirot!
This is a great collection so far, and I really look forward to reading the remainder!
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (4/5)
This little-known mystery beginning with the apparent suicide of the detective's dentist is one of the darkest Poirot novels and a neglected gem.
Five Little Pigs (4/5)
Again, this novel is comparatively little-known, but features an enticingly high-concept setup. Poirot is asked to investigate a criminal case that occurred sixteen years previously based solely on the testimony of surviving participants. Like "Cards on the Table", this is a novel whose primary satisfaction is intellectual: one for the Christie connoisseur, perhaps.
Taken at the Flood (4/5)
This complex mystery follows so serpentine path that it is extremely difficult to solve more than a part of it.
A brilliant author and one that will be sadly missed. Lucky for us, they are still printing her books and making movies about them.
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 Mystery of the Blue Train (3/5)
This is a rather flat novel, devoid of clues and detail. The basic mystery is okay, but it could easily have been handled as a short story and the absence of a first-person narrator means that the narrative itself has less charm than, for example, the Hastings novels. One interesting side note: this seems to be the first visit by Christie to St. Mary Mead, which was to become the scene two years later of the first Marple novel.
Death in the Clouds (4/5)
A lively and enjoyable novel. Not only is the mystery itself an engaging puzzle, but the presence of detective novelist at the scene of the crime, and some vivid minor characters keeps the investigation ticking along to the conclusion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this was a gift so hopefully was well liked but can't really sayPublished 7 months ago by Mrs A Easton
I have alwyays liked murder mysteries, and as such I enjoy books by this author.Published 22 months ago by Yemi
it's good to be able to order old favourites and enjoy them again. Packing and delivery very goodPublished 23 months ago by vicky rose
as always Agatha Christie at her best keeps the suspense going right through the book would recommend to thriller buffsPublished on 6 Feb. 2014 by Brad