Agatha Christie's Poirot

The Life and Times of Hercule Poirot
Author: Anne Hart
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0006499570
Category: Detective and mystery stories, English
Page: 352
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My Name Is Hercule Poirot And I Am Probably The Greatest Detective In The World.' The Dapper, Moustache-Twirling Little Belgian With The Egg-Shaped Head, Curious Mannerisms And Inordinate Respect For His Own 'Little Grey Cells' Has Solved Some Of The Most Puzzling Crimes Of The Century. Yet Despite Being Familiar To Millions, Poirot Himself Has Remained An Enigma Until Now. From His First Appearance In 1920 To His Last In 1975, From Country-House Drawing-Rooms To Opium Dens In Limehouse, From Mayfair To The Mediterranean, Anne Hart Stalks The Legendary Sleuth, Unveiling The Mysteries That Surround Him. Sifting Through 33 Novels And 56 Short Stories, She Examines His Origins, Tastes, Relationships And Peculiarities, Revealing A Character As Fascinating As The Books Themselves.

Poirot and Me


Author: David Suchet
Publisher: Headline
ISBN: 0755364201
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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Fans of Murder on the Orient Express and all things Agatha Christie won't want to miss this charming memoir from David Suchet... In the summer of 2013 David Suchet filmed his final scenes as Hercule Poirot. After 24 years in the role, he played the character in every story that Agatha Christie wrote about him (bar one, deemed unfilmable) and felt it time to bid adieu to a role and a character that changed his life. In Poirot and Me, David Suchet tells the story of how he secured the part, with the blessing of Agatha Christie's daughter, and set himself the task of presenting the most authentic Poirot that had ever been filmed. David Suchet is uniquely placed to write the ultimate companion to one of the world's longest running television series. Peppered with anecdotes about filming, including many tales of the guest stars who have appeared over the years, the book is essential reading for Poirot fans all over the world.

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple


Author: Anne Hart
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0006499562
Category: Detective and mystery stories, English
Page: 129
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The crimes tackled by Miss Marple include 16 murders, four attempted murders, and assorted robberies, embezzlements, blackmailings and poachings. This biography combs through the 12 novels and 20 short stories in which Miss Marple appeared in order to reveal her true identity.

Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly


Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0007546408
Category: Fiction
Page: 160
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As a favour to an old friend, Hercule Poirot finds himself at a summer fete in Devon, taking part not in a Treasure Hunt, but a Murder Hunt, in this never-before-published novella version of Dead Man’s Folly. Now released for the first time as an eBook exclusive publication.

The Big Four

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006173909X
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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Famed private eye Hercule Poirot tackles international intrigue and espionage in this classic Agatha Christie mystery. Framed in the doorway of Hercule Poirot's bedroom stands an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man stares for a moment, then he sways and falls. Who is he? Is he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what is the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life—and that of his "twin brother"—to uncover the truth.

Agatha Christie: A Biography (Creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple)


Author: Keely Bautista
Publisher: Hyperink Inc
ISBN: 1614645582
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 23
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This book is part of Hyperink's best little books series. This best little book is 3,800+ words of fast, entertaining information on a highly demanded topic. Based on reader feedback (including yours!), we may expand this book in the future. If we do so, we'll send a free copy to all previous buyers. ABOUT THE BOOK Agatha Christie's own life was, in many ways, as mysterious as those of her characters. Assuredly it was her predilection for the cryptic that led her to create the fiery-yet-unfathomable Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. Yet, while Poirot epitomizes the image of the enigmatic detective, his creator was just as inscrutable, making her own life a story worthy of a novel of its own. Agatha Christie's other great creation, Jane Marple, seems far more accessible, but she keeps her own counsel as well, a trait that Agatha Christie perfected in her own life. It came as no great surprise to her fans that, after her death, secrets from Christie's life suddenly tumbled out in the form of newly-discovered archived recordings she had made decades before. These recordings, completely unknown to the public, provide a new insight into her creations, and created a fascinating denouement that Agatha would have loved. Why have the writings of this exacting, rather reclusive author resonated with the public for so many generations? The secret is one that Agatha knew well: her stories are about people we can relate to in real life. As Hercule Poirot was fond of saying, everyone has the makings of a criminal in him; the key to success in life is in how we master those darker feelings. As we read an Agatha Christie novel, we realize that we ourselves could easily be one of the characters - and yes, even the murderer. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Other than its inventive plot, a major reason for the success of this first novel was the quirky yet captivating character of Hercule Poirot, who was inspired by the Belgian refugees living in England whom Agatha had met during the First World War. She recalled that they had a hard time understanding the British way of doing things, and preferred to assimilate as little of British life as possible. Throughout the 1920s Agatha completed to write, and produced one of her greatest successes, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, in 1926. This novel was a sensation with the reading public because of its unexpected and even shocking ending, and was so popular that it was made into a movie in 1931, Alibi, which marked the first film appearance of Hercule Poirot. The 1930s, however, proved to be Agatha's most productive time as a writer. During this decade she wrote a total of 14 Poirot novels and two Miss Marple novels, as well as two books featuring the character Superintendent Battle, two story collections featuring the characters Harley Quin and Mr. Parker Pyne, four additional mystery books, two plays and a novel under her pseudonym, Mary Westmacott... Buy a copy to keep reading!

Poirot Investigates

Hercule Poirot Investigates
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061749605
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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Poirot Investigates a host of murders most foul—as well as other dastardly crimes—in this intriguing collection of short stories from the one-and-only Agatha Christie. First there was the mystery of the film star and the diamond . . . then came the “suicide” that was murder . . . the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat . . .a suspicious death in a locked gun room . . . a million dollar bond robbery . . . the curse of a pharaoh’s tomb . . . a jewel robbery by the sea . . . the abduction of a prime minister . . . the disappearance of a banker . . . a phone call from a dying man . . .and, finally, the mystery of the missing will. What links these fascinating cases? Only the brilliant deductive powers of Hercule Poirot!

The Mystery of Three Quarters

The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
Author: Sophie Hannah
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062792458
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
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The world’s most beloved detective, Hercule Poirot—the legendary star of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and most recently The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket—returns in a stylish, diabolically clever mystery set in the London of 1930. “We Agatha Christie fans read her stories--and particularly her Poirot novels--because the mysteries are invariably equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging. Sophie Hannah had a massive challenge in reviving the beloved Poirot, and she met it with heart and no small amount of little grey cells. I was thrilled to see the Belgian detective in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home.” — Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl Hercule Poirot returns home after an agreeable luncheon to find an angry woman waiting to berate him outside his front door. Her name is Sylvia Rule, and she demands to know why Poirot has accused her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. She is furious to be so accused, and deeply shocked. Poirot is equally shocked, because he too has never heard of any Barnabas Pandy, and he certainly did not send the letter in question. He cannot convince Sylvia Rule of his innocence, however, and she marches away in a rage. Shaken, Poirot goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him — a man called John McCrodden who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy... Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062073567
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

Agatha Christie: A Mysterious life


Author: Laura Thompson
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1681777118
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 544
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The author of the New York Times bestselling The Six now turns her formidable biographical skills to the greatest crime writer in the world, Agatha Christie. It has been one hundred years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. A brilliant and award winning biographer, Laura Thompson now turns her sharp eye to Agatha Christie. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, Christie's books still sell over four million copies each year—more than thirty years after her death—and it shows no signs of slowing. But who was the woman behind these mystifying, yet eternally pleasing, puzzlers? Thompson reveals the Edwardian world in which Christie grew up, explores her relationships, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the many mysteries still surrounding Christie's life, most notably, her eleven-day disappearance in 1926. Agatha Christie is as mysterious as the stories she penned, and writing about her is a detection job in itself. With unprecedented access to all of Christie's letters, papers, and notebooks, as well as fresh and insightful interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie's detective fiction, but the truth behind this mysterious woman.

Death on the Nile


Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007119321
Category: Belgians
Page: 416
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The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful. A girl who had everything until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.' Yet in this exotic setting nothing was ever quite what it seemed

The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery


Author: Sophie Hannah,Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0007547439
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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The new Hercule Poirot novel – another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his ‘little grey cells’.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Christie's Collections
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: 谷月社
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 218
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by Agatha Christie. Styles was Christie's first published novel. It introduced Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings. Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery. This is also the setting of Curtain, Poirot's last case. The book includes maps of the house, the murder scene, and a drawing of a fragment of a will. The true first publication of the novel was as a weekly serial in the The Times, including the maps of the house and other illustrations included in the book. This novel was one of the first ten books published by Penguin Books when it began in 1935. This first mystery novel by Agatha Christie was well received by reviewers. An analysis in 1990 was positive about the plot, considered the novel one of the few by Christie that is well-anchored in time and place, a story that knows it describes the end of an era, and mentions that the plot is clever. Christie had not mastered cleverness in her first novel, as "too many clues tend to cancel each other out"; this was judged a difficulty "which Conan Doyle never satisfactorily overcame, but which Christie would."

The Labours of Hercules (Poirot)


Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007422415
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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In this set of short stories, Poirot sets himself a challenge before he retires – to solve 12 cases which correspond with the labours of his classical Greek namesake...

The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie

A Biographical Companion to the Works of Agatha Christie
Author: Charles Osborne
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9780312301163
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 432
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The author of over 100 plays, short story collections, and novels, which have been translated into 103 languages, Agatha Christie has been outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Though many have tried to copy her, no one has succeeded, and Christie remains the best selling modern writer throughout the world. Now Charles Osborne, a lifelong student of Agatha Christie, has created a comprehensive guide to her world as examined through her books. Illustrated with rarely seen photos and updated to include details of the publications, films and TV adaptations of her writings, this book provides fascinating reading for any Christie aficionado.

After the Funeral

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062073826
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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When Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard’s funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard’s will, Cora was clearly heard to say, “It’s been hushed up very nicely, hasn’t it.… But he was murdered, wasn’t he?” In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery.…

The Clocks

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061740500
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Time is ticking away for a murderer in Agatha Christie’s classic, The Clocks, as Hercule Poirot investigates the strange case of a corpse surrounded by numerous timepieces in a blind woman’s house. Sheila Webb expected to find a respectable blind lady waiting for her at 19 Wilbraham Crescent—not the body of a middle-aged man sprawled across the living room floor. But when old Miss Pebmarsh denies sending for her in the first place, or of owning all the clocks that surround the body, it’s clear that they are going to need a very good detective. “This crime is so complicated that it must be quite simple,” declares Poirot. But there’s a murderer on the loose, and time is ticking away.…

The Complete Christie

An Agatha Christie Encyclopedia
Author: Matthew Bunson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671028316
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 454
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Offers biographical details about the mystery writer's life, A-to-Z plot summaries of her novels, character listings, and film and television listings.