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Poirot's Early Cases (1975)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery (38)

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I had only 7 of these stories to read, having read 11 of them in other collections.
Surprisingly they are all from relatively early in Christie's career.

The Third-Floor Flat, first published 1929
Patricia Garnett returns with her friends at night to find that she has lost her key to her flat. Her male friends decide to get into her flat, which is on the third floor, by accessing the service lift from the basement. They break into the wrong flat and discover a dead woman. Hercule Poirot is staying in the building and comes to the rescue.
The Adventure of Johnnie Waverley, first published 1923
Hercule Poirot solves the problem of the abduction of a three year old.
The Chocolate Box, first published 1925
Drinking a cup of chocolate by a warm fire reminds Hercule Poirot of a case that he regards as his greatest failure. It is set in Belgium when he is still in the Belgian police force and involves a sudden death.
The Lost Mine, first published 1925
Hastings is marvelling at his dwindling bank balance and suggests that Poirot buy some shares. Poirot tells him the story of how he was given 14,000 shares in Burma Mines for his role in solving a murder mystery.
The Veiled Lady, first published 1925
This story is narrated by Hastings who has noticed that Poirot is becoming increasingly restless. The newspapers are full of reports of a daring jewellery robbery in Bond Street. They are discussing this when a young lady arrives at Porot's flat. She is heavily veiled. She tells Poirot she is being blackmailed by someone and Poirot agrees to meet the blackmailer. But Poirot is cleverer than his visitor imagines.
Problem at Sea, first published 1936
Poirot is on a cruise to Alexandria. He has been keeping to his cabin with seasickness but now emerges to observe his fellow passengers. His attention is caught by Colonel and Mrs Clapperton. The latter seems to be a very unpleasant person who treats her husband with contempt. The day they arrive in Alexandria Mrs Clapperton takes to her bed and Colonel Clapperton goes on shore with a couple of young women. When he returns Mrs Clapperton is dead, murdered.
How Does Your Garden Grow, first published 1932
Poirot receives a letter from an elderly woman who wishes to consult him, but before he can visit her, she dies of strychnine poisoning, and her Russian companion, the major beneficiary of her will, has been accused of murder. This story show Poirot using Miss Lemon in an investigative capacity, slthough he mourns the fact that she does not have Captain Hastings' imagination.

I read these as part of the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge.

These stories are pretty quick reads, but each shows Christie's acute observation of character, and her great interest in what causes people to commit crimes. ( )
  smik | Jul 17, 2015 |
Fiction, Crime
  buistwa | Aug 31, 2014 |
Entertaining audio-book by the two narrators.Like radio theatre. The stories themselves are all incredibly complicated but solved usually quite simply by Mr. Poirot. Someone whose two steps ahead of everyone else. ( )
  charlie68 | Apr 11, 2013 |
1974; a nice collection of some now very familar stories (from TV) mixed with several that were previously very difficult to find, having been published in book form either only in the UK or in the US but not both. All were previously published in magazines (from 1923 through 1936) and most of the stories were filmed early in the series with David Suchet as Poirot. Contains:

The Affair of the Victory Ball
€ harlequinade and murder; a bit better than filmed version although that was very good
The King of Clubs
â€" a dancer gets blackmailed and does something about it ( )
  Abbess | Dec 10, 2012 |
1974; a nice collection of some now very familar stories (from TV) mixed with several that were previously very difficult to find, having been published in book form either only in the UK or in the US but not both. All were previously published in magazines (from 1923 through 1936) and most of the stories were filmed early in the series with David Suchet as Poirot. Contains:

The Affair of the Victory Ball
€ harlequinade and murder; a bit better than filmed version although that was very good
The King of Clubs
â€" a dancer gets blackmailed and does something about it ( )
  Abbess | Dec 10, 2012 |
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Pure chance led my friend Hercule Poirot, formerly chief of the Belgian force, to be connected with the Styles case. ("The Affair at the Victory Ball")
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 000231312X, Hardcover)

Captain Hastings recounts 18 of Poirot's early cases from the days before he was famous! Hercule Poirot delighted in telling people that he was probably the best detective in the world. So turning back the clock to trace eighteen of the cases which helped establish his professional reputation was always going to be a fascinating experience. With his career still in its formative years, the panache with which Hercule Poirot could solve even the most puzzling mystery is obvious. Chronicled by his friend Captain Hastings, these eighteen early cases - from theft and robbery to kidnapping and murder - were all guaranteed to test Poirot's soon-to-be-famous 'little grey cells' to their absolute limit.

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A collection of eighteen stories featuring Hercule Poirot includes "The Plymouth Express," a case that begins when the body of the daughter of a wealthy American industrialist is found stuffed under a train seat, and "Problem at Sea," which finds a disliked rich woman murdered in a locked room on a ship.… (more)

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