short stories read – Poirot Investigates

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie, Delhi Open Books. Kindle ebook edition

This is a short story collection written by Christie and first published in the UK by The Bodley Head in March 1924. In the eleven stories, famed eccentric detective Hercule Poirot solves a variety of mysteries involving greed, jealousy, and revenge. The American version of this book, published by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1925, featured a further three stories. Those stories are included in this ebook.

Contents:

1. THE ADVENTURE OF “THE WESTERN STAR”
2. THE TRAGEDY AT MARSDON MANOR
3. THE ADVENTURE OF THE CHEAP FLAT
4. THE MYSTERY OF HUNTER’S LODGE
5. THE MILLION DOLLAR BOND ROBBERY
6. THE ADVENTURE OF THE EGYPTIAN TOMB
7. THE JEWEL ROBBERY AT THE GRAND METROPOLITAN
8. THE KIDNAPPED PRIME MINISTER
9. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MR DAVENHEIM
10. THE ADVENTURE OF THE ITALIAN NOBLEMAN
11. THE CASE OF THE MISSING WILL
12. THE VEILED LADY
13. THE LOST MINE
14. THE CHOCOLATE BOX

My Take:
In the mood for something simple, light, a little old-fashioned, I picked this ebook of fourteen Poirot stories. As expected, Poirot’s friend and companion Captain Hastings appears in each of the stories, relating the story to the reader in all but one of them, the other told by Poirot himself in flashback.

In a group of stories like this, especially as I read them one after the other, the bumbling ineptitude and various foibles of Hastings are on full, brightly lit display, and time after time his theories and guessed-at solutions are proved wrong, oft to his chagrin. Poirot, of course, is his usual intelligent and insightful self, his little grey cells leading him to the correct solution to each puzzle.

I read this on a pair of rainy afternoons, and thoroughly enjoyed it. One caution, however: the editing and especially the paragraph formatting are full of errors, so that it often appears as if one character has said something when it is actually another.

For a complete summary of the stories, see Wikipedia here.

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10 Responses to short stories read – Poirot Investigates

  1. tracybham says:

    I have only read one or two Poirot short stories and I enjoyed Hastings role in both of them. I have this collection but in an old paperback with tiny print. I also have all the Poirot stories in a huge volume, and I should pull it out and start reading some stories. I am glad you liked these and I am sure I will too, when I get to them. Soon, I hope.

    • Tracy, I have the complete Poirot stories in hardcover, and have read it, but this was on the tablet, and after reading a Marple novel there I just went on to this. Lately I’m finding older mysteries, particularly British, to be to my taste, rather than the newer, darker, gritty stuff which seems – with some exceptions – to be popular.

      • tracybham says:

        I do need to read more of Christie’s short stories. I am finding newer, grittier novels harder reading these days, although there are some newer not so gritty series I enjoy.

  2. 1412064gk says:

    I have several Poirot collections in paperback and hardcover. However, the complete Poirot stories is a big, fat book that is awkward to hold. I would buy an ebook version of it. I have over 200 ebooks on my iPad still waiting to be read.

    • Me too, George, and I didn’t find the complete stories a problem when I read it, but this was a matter of convenience. However, the bad paragraph formatting and other editing in this were irritating, to say the least.

  3. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I read this collection back in the early to mid-’70s and enjoyed it. I find Hastings to bre a pleasant if very dim Watson, in the early stories particularly. I did go on to read most of the Christie short stories over the years. We’re currently watching one of the Poirot adaptations streaming every Saturday night. David Suchet was perfect as Poirot.

    • Yes he was. We have a bunch of his Poirot on DVD. Last night we watched a new version of SPARKLING CYANIDE, which we’d recorded on the weekend. Not a Poirot, but did have Colonel Race. I thought it was quite well acted.

  4. Jerry House says:

    Mom dieu! C’est incredible, those little gray cells!

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