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Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories: A Hercule Poirot Collection with Foreword by Charles Todd (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) Paperback – September 10, 2013

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Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

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Product Details

  • Series: Hercule Poirot Mysteries
  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Later Printing Used edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062251678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062251671
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a great collection and a great bargain. Now you don't have to buy a bunch of sepate books to get all of these stories -- just one book. Agatha Christie is still one of the best mystery writers available!
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How can you go wrong with Agatha Christie? I love having all these stories in one place. Especially when traveling.
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There are 51 stories included in this book, perfect for an evening hour of reading, or maybe two. Many of these I had never read. I was sorry to finish them. :)
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The Complete Short Stories is a collection every Poirot fan should own, that much all of us can agree on. We know full well Poirot is egotistical and vain. We know that once on the trail of a miscreant or killer, he does not let go. Poirot has gained a legendary status equalling Sherlock Holmes and the Saint. We know David Suchet has gained a legendary status as well for the filming of All the Poirot stories. Now the question - what makes this book unique and not just a simple gathering of all the short stories?
For One, they are presented in chronological order from the very first The Affair at the Victory Ball in 1923 to Four and Twenty Blackbirds in 1940. Those astute readers out there will see the progression that Agatha Christie imbued in her character. Poirot begins using the little gray cells in more society stories with a smattering of thefts of political documents to the more unusual stories from The Labours of Hercules, excellent in their own way. They begin with Hastings and brings in some of the other characters we've met in the novels once Hastings is out of the picture.
Two, the stories represent the astute mind of Christie herself in penning the mysteries designed to fool us and teaching us to look at the evidence and thinking outside the obvious. Yes, we were fooled before and determined not to be fooled again, if we can help it. Still, Dame Agatha holds the final word.
Three, These stories show Poirot from the beginning and watches as he ages and becomes a clever old man, many times in personal danger. He begins to become what Christie would call as "creepy." Read through the stories from the first to the last, no skipping, and you get a good sense of who is Hercule Poirot.
This book is essential for all Christie fans and highly suggested to keep in paperback for your own library for continued dippings. Get it and treasure it.
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All of the Hercule Poirot short stories and novellas are conveniently here in one volume, and they appear in chronological order written from 1923-1940.

For instance, all stories in these separate volumes are included in this book:

Poirot Investigates
Poirot's Early Cases
Murder in the Mews
The Labours of Hercules
The Under Dog and Other Stories

There is a helpful Foreward by Charles Todd and brief publication information is provided at the beginning of each of the 51 stories.

This Kindle edition is nicely done and this book also makes a nice companion to the recently released complete 70 episode Poirot series starring David Suchet. I had pre-ordered that Blu-ray set and read this book along with other Christie titles in preparation for that release. I was very happy with both; this book and the Blu-ray set are excellent. Quality varies for individual stories but Poirot fans and mystery lovers should find much to enjoy here.
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This is a wonderful book: we don't have many free moments to read, but having a book with small stories that you can read just before sleep is the best way to disconnect and rest. Many of these stories are new for me, which was a complete delight.
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If you like Hercule Poirot, you don't want to miss this collection of short stories. Each is prefaced with where it was first published. Some are a bit trite but all are enjoyable. Hours of reading fun. Recommended.
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It is amazing how Agatha Christie was able to utilize a few simple plots and weave them into so many compelling tales. What is equally surprising is that although the stories are mostly set in the nineteen thrities they are so well written that they do not seem dated. In fact I found this collection more entertaining than most of the five star rated stories by modern authors that I purchased for my Kindle.
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