“Hercule Poirot was and is the gold standard among brilliant and quirky detectives, and the Christie touch with plot and puzzle has never been equaled, much less exceeded.” (John Lescroart, New York Times
“A finely shaped book, richly devious and quite brilliantby far the best volume of Poirot shorts.” (San Francisco Chronicle
“Twelve little masterpieces of detection. Poirot and Agatha Christie at their inimitable best.” (Sunday Express
From the Back Cover
In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled anancient Greek hero. Yet—reasoned the detective—like Hercules he had been responsible for riddingsociety of some of its most unpleasant monsters.
So, in the period leading up to his retirement, Poirotmakes up his mind to accept just twelve more cases:his self-imposed “Labors.” Each would go down in theannals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.