Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Poirot's Early Cases by Agatha Christie

Poirot's Early Cases (original 1975; edition 2002)

by Agatha Christie

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
895139,757 (3.59)24
Title:Poirot's Early Cases
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Harpercollins Pb (2002), Edition: Masterpiece ed, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library

Work details

Poirot's Early Cases by Agatha Christie (1975)



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 24 mentions

English (10)  Spanish (1)  Catalan (1)  Swedish (1)  All (13)
Showing 1-5 of 10 (next | show all)
A delightful read, a gathering of short stories on Hercule Poirot's exploits. Some stories have been made into the series “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” with the great actor David Suchet as the detective. Miss Lemon is introduced in “How does Your Garden Grow.” ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
Poirot’s Early Cases – A. Christie
Audio performances by David Suchet and Hugh Fraser
4 stars

These 18 stories are some of Agatha Christie’s best. They are the stories that I remember so well from the BBC mystery series. As well crafted as they all were, I am amazed that such short stories could be turned into so many wonderful hour long episodes. Although both actors gave skilled, enjoyable readings, this collection confirmed my impression from previous audio books. David Suchet is Poirot on the screen, but I prefer Hugh Fraser as a narrator.

( )
  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
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 |
Showing 1-5 of 10 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (12 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rantanen, AulisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
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")
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
aka Hercule Poirot's Early Cases
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:06 -0400)

(see all 4 descriptions)

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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 5 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
5 avail.
72 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (3.59)
1.5 1
2 11
2.5 3
3 46
3.5 16
4 55
5 20

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 114,442,014 books! | Top bar: Always visible