Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories

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Today's post is on Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie. It is 867 pages long and published by William Morrow. The cover is tan with the author's name in dark red and the title in black. The intended reader is someone who likes mysteries, very good writing, and a very particular Belgian detective. There is no sex, no language and only mild violence in this book. The stories are told from many different perspectives from Poirot himself to a victim of blackmail. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- At last, a single volume that gathers together all of the short stories featuring Agatha Christie's most famous creation: Hercule Poirot. The dapper, mustache-twirling little Belgian with the egg-shaped head and curious mannerism has solved some of the most puzzling crimes of the century- and, in his own humble opinion, is “probably the greatest detective in the world.”
In this compete collection of stories, ranging from short tales to novellas, Poirot faces violent murders, poisonings, kidnappings, and thefts- all solved with his characteristic panache. Only Agatha Christie could have devised cases worthy of Hercule Poirot's skill and “little gray cells.”

Review- Wonderful collection, wonderful writing, and of course the reader gets to spend time with M. Poirot. Christie is one of the greatest writer's of the last century and her talent is on show in this collection. M. Poirot solves everything from blackmail to murder. What helps to keep the stories from just blending into each other is that she changes perspective from one story to the next. Sometimes M. Poirot does not even come into the story until it is almost done. Luckily Ms. Christie is a good enough author that she can pull this off. My favorite is Wasps' Nest where Poirot stops both a murder and a suicide. He saves a man's soul. If you have never read M. Poirot this could be a good place to start but as with everything that I have read from Christie, you can just pick it up and go from there.

I give this collection a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this book with my own money.