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Die ersten und die letzten Arbeiten des Herkules (original 1947; edition 2007)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Die ersten und die letzten Arbeiten des Herkules
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Fischer Taschenbuch Vlg. (2007), Paperback
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Tags:Short Stories, Mystery, Poirot, German

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The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie (1947)

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Hercules angle often comes off as, well, labored, and the stories are no great shakes. The most interesting are "The Nemean Lion," "The Lernean Hydra" (shades of Sad Cypress), and "The Cretan Bull" (uses elements from Hercule Poirot's Christmas and Sleeping Murder). "The Capture of Cerberus" has a dumb plot but is notable for final appearance of Vera Rosakoff. "The Horses of Diomedes," about cocaine use among the younger set, is an embarrassment. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
A set of Hercule Poirot short stories loosely based on the labours of Hercules. Personally, I prefer the novel length Agatha Christie books. ( )
  cazfrancis | Nov 12, 2015 |
A very enjoyable set of short Poirot mysteries using the Labours of Hercules as a theme. Great fun. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jul 19, 2015 |
Hercule Poirot is thinking of retirement. Before he ends his career as a private detective, he challenges himself to solve twelve more cases. But not just any twelve cases. They will be carefully picked to correspond with the mythical labors of Hercules.

I'm not a big fan of short stories in the mystery genre. The format imposes too many constraints on plot and character development. This collection is less successful than most in my estimation. The connection with the labors of Hercules is forced. Few of the cases have anything to do with murder, the usual subject of Poirot's investigations. Poirot prevented a murder or two, but many of the other cases involved drug dealing and/or smuggling. Poor Poirot has been trying to retire ever since The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. He won't manage it this time, either, since Christie wrote about a dozen more Poirot novels or short story collections after this one. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jun 7, 2015 |
There were some interesting twists as to what the "mystery" to be solved really was ( )
  jrsearcher | Feb 12, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425067858, Mass Market Paperback)

On the verge of retirement, Hercule Poirot can't resist the lure of a seemingly unsolvable series of recent crimes--from a lost Pekinese to a man driven mad by love to a gentleman poisoned by gossip.

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In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yet - reasoned the detective - like Hercules he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters. So, in the period before he retired, Poirot made up his mind to accept just twelve more cases: his self-imposed 'Labors'. Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.… (more)

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