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The Under Dog and Other Stories: A Hercule Poirot Collection (Hercule… (edition 2012)

by Agatha Christie (Author)

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Title:The Under Dog and Other Stories: A Hercule Poirot Collection (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
Authors:Agatha Christie (Author)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2012), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
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Tags:Detective and Mystery Stories, Hercule Poirot

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This is a collection of previously published short stories. All but the title story are narrated by Hastings, and Inspector Japp appears in a few of the stories. This collection is a representative sample of the Poirot canon and it would be a good introduction for newbies. The audio version is narrated by Hugh Fraser (Hastings in the TV series) and David Suchet (Poirot in the TV series). The stories will sound right to those like me who consider Suchet to be the definitive Poirot. ( )
  cbl_tn | Oct 5, 2018 |
A collection of Christie short stories starring my favorite detective, Hercule Poirot. Most of them were good Poirot mysteries, sometimes with Hastings bumbling along. My least favorite story was probably "The Lemesurier Inheritance". I didn't quite make the connections in that story that Poirot did. I could've used a few more details to help me out. But, it was still a good story. No story stood out as a favorite because I enjoyed so many of them. ( )
  jguidry | Nov 29, 2016 |
I didn't realize I read most of the stories in this book. Still, excellent read, as are all of Mrs. Christie's books. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |


I think I'm just worn out w/ M. Poirot & his arrogant cleverness as well as with Captain Hastings & his blind stupidity

The Under Dog: When the cruel CEO of a chemical company is bludgeoned to death in his home after the company's formula for a revolutionary new synthetic rubber is targeted by a thief, M. Poirot is called in to investigate

The Plymouth Express: A young naval officer on the Plymouth express finds the dead body of a woman underneath a seat in his carriage... her money and her jewels are gone. She was married to an unsuitable husband and on her way to a house party to meet up w/ a previous flame of unscrupulous character. Again, M. Poirot solves the case

The Affair at the Victory Ball: Young Lord Cronshaw and his fiancee Coco Courtenay attended the ball with several friends, all dressed as characters from the Italian Comedy, he as Harlequin, she as Columbine, and both died that night, she from a cocaine overdose in her flat, he with a table knife through his heart at the ball

The Market Basing Mystery: M. Poirot, on holiday w/ Hastings & Inspector Japp is interrupted by a local constable asking for help. The reclusive owner of a local large mansion, was found dead in his dilapidated house, supposedly by suicide. At the house, they meet with a Doctor, the housekeeper and a contentious couple who rouse M. Poirot's suspicions

The Lemesurier Inheritance: A family curse, a dreaded inheritance, young heirs dying mysteriously who would not be affected by the curse and another having three very close calls. His mother, not believing in curses calls M. Poirot to investigate

The Cornish Mystery: Poirot receives a visit from a woman, claiming that she's is afraid that her husband is not only having an affair, but is attempting to murder her. When Poirot arrives to talk to her, he finds that she has died from poisoning. Her niece who had been living with her for 8 years suddenly moves out and is now engaged to her Aunts much younger "friend"

The King of Clubs: The Oglander family was playing bridge in the drawing room when the French windows burst open and a woman staggered in, blood on her dress. She managed to say, "Murder!" and then collapsed. The family fetched both a doctor and the police who called at the next-door villa to find the body of Henry Reedburn, the theatrical impresario, dead in the library with his skull split open by some unknown weapon. Enter M. Poirot to sort it all out

The Submarine Plans: The secret plans for the new 'Z'-type of submarine were stolen. The ladies in the party retired at 10:00 pm and the men went into the study to discuss the plans which have been moved from the safe to the table.... A stranger is seen out on the terrace and the plans disappear. M. Poirot searches for footprints to no avail, yet successfully deduces who stole the plans

The Adventure of the Clapham Cook: Mrs Todd is determined that M. Poirot investigate her missing cook. Also missing from the Bank where Mr. Todd works is a bank clerk (Mr. Davis) who disappears with fifty thousand pounds of securities, a suicidal man and a typist. It is up to M. Poirot to puzzle out how all of these people could possibly have anything in common ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
The under dog — meh on the murder, but good story
The Plymouth Express —
The Affair at the Victory Ball —
The Market Basing Mystery —
The Lemesurier Inheritance — Insanity takes the day
The Cornish Mystery —
The King of Clubs — Loved it!
The Submarine Plans — this was solved in a weird way
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook - oh yeah, the promise of riches will always attract the domestic help ( )
  jrsearcher | Feb 12, 2015 |
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Lily Margrave smoothed her gloves out on her knee with a nervous gesture, and darted a glance at the occupant of the big chair opposite her.
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  • Certain he has committed the perfect crime, a man eagerly helps Poirot track down the "murderer" - only to fall, amazed, into the ingenious trap the master detective has set ...
  • A man is shot to death in a closed room, found with the gun in his hand, yet Poirot knows it could not have been suicide ...
  • Another victim appears at a ball after his own murder.

In a treasury of nine ingenious crimes, the giant of the little gray cells, Hercule Poirot, meets every challenge with a triumph of detection.

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The Under Dog
The Plymouth Express
The Affair at the Victory Ball
The Market Basing Mystery
The Lemesurier Inheritance
The Cornish Mystery
The King of Clubs
The Submarine Plans
Adventure of the Clapham Cook

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All stories except "The Under Dog" are also included in Poirot's Early Cases; more information and plot summaries may be found here:
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425068080, Mass Market Paperback)

A beautiful heiress, a dashing playboy, a handsome prince, and a forgotten recluse. What do they have in common? They're all victims in a series of crimes only Hercule Poirot could solve.

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Pretty Lily Margrave is not convinced that Hercule Poirot is needed in the matter of Sir Atwell's murder. At the request of her employer, Lady Atwell, she has already recounted what happened ten days ago in the Tower Room, and the victim's nephew has been charged with the murder. Nevertheless, Lady Atwell brings Poirot up to the great house, Mon Repos, to see if he can find out anything. While at first the family is struck by Poirot's ardent endeavor to uncover what befell Sir Atwell, his insistence on looking into every nook and cranny becomes too much for some to bear. A scrap of material, the contents of a tiny box, and his singular ingenuity lead the detective to uncover who is behind this violent act.

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