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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Mystery Series - Hercule Poirot

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Agatha Christie, 1890-1976, is considered one of the top four female mystery writers of the Golden Age of Mysteries (1920s and 1930s). Her works have remained popular even after 100 years. She created several memorable characters. The series here features Hercule Poirot, the small, fastidious, egocentric Belgian detective with "mustaches."

Poirot first appears in The Mysterious Affair at Styles

This is a British series which spanned the time period from 1920-1975.

Overall, almost anyone would have to give any series by Christie 5 stars. Poirot is such an annoying little brainiac that you remember him whether you love or hate him.

Recurring Characters of Note:
Hercule Poirot
Captain Arthur Hastings
Ariadne Oliver
Miss Felicity Lemon
Chief Inspector James Harold Japp

#1 The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)

#2 Poirot Investigates (1924)

#3 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)

#4 The Big Four (1927)

#5 The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928)

#6 Black Coffee (1930)

#7 Peril at End House (1932)

#8 Lord Edgware Dies / Thirteen at Dinner (1933)

#9 Three Act Tragedy / Murder in Three Acts (1934)

#10 Murder on the Orient Express / Murder in the Calais Coach (1934)

#11 Death in the Clouds / Death in the Air (1935)

#12 The A.B.C. Murders (1936)

#13 Murder in Mesopotamia (1936)

#14 Cards on the Table (1936)

#15 Dumb Witness / Poirot Loses a Client (1937)

#16 Death on the Nile (1937)

#17 Murder in the Mews / Dead Man's Mirror (1937)

#18 Appointment with Death (1938)

#19 Hercule Poirot's Christmas / Holiday for Murder / Murder for Christmas (1938)

#20 Sad Cypress (1940)

#21 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe / Overdose of Death (1940)

#22 Evil Under the Sun (1941)

#23 Five Little Pigs / Murder in Retrospect (1942)

#24 The Hollow / Murder after Hours (1946)

#25 Taken at the Flood (1948)

#26 Mrs. McGinty's Dead / Blood Will Tell (1952)

#27 After the Funeral / Funerals are Fatal (1953)

#28 Hickory Dickory Dock (1955)

#29 Dead Man's Folly (1956)

#30 Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)
This story takes place primarily at a prestigious girls' school founded by Miss Bulstrode. However, it begins with a revolution occuring in a small Arab nation. The prince is in danger and attempts to leave the country. However, the jewels he always carried as emergency funds go missing. The search for them ends up at the school.

Poirot does not come into the story until quite late. He is long retired, and it takes something fantastic to lure him into working.

The story is skillfully written. The reader knows almost from the beginning where the jewels are, but figuring out who is actually trying to steal them is a challenge right up until the end.

#31 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960)

#32 The Clocks (1963) H

#33 Third Girl (1966)

#34 Hallowe'en Party (1969)

#35 Elephants Can Remember (1972)

#36 Curtain (1975)