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The very first collection of superb short stories featuring Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings…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 aThe very first collection of superb short stories featuring Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings…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!1. The Adventure of The Western Star2. The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor3. The Adventure of The Cheap Flat4. The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge5. The Million Dollar Bond Robbery6. The Adventure of The Egyptian Tomb7. The Jewel Robbery at The Grand Metropolitan8. The Kidnapped Prime Minister9. The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim10. The Adventure of The Italian Nobleman11. The Case of The Missing Will...

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Poirot Investigates Reviews

  • Ysh
    2019-06-25 10:25

    A summary of every Poirot book where Hastings is the sidekick:

  • Issa Deerbany
    2019-05-27 10:27

    تم قرائتها تحت عنوان:ذات القناع الأسود

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-06-09 07:27

    Poirot Investigates (Hercules Poirot, #3), Agatha Christie تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1997 میلادیمجموعه هشت داستان از ماجراهای هرکول پوارو است، داستانها عبارتند از:؛ماجرای ستاره غرب (The Adventure of "The Western Star")ماجرای آپارتمان ارزان قيمت (Adventure of the Cheap Flat)ماجرای مقبره مصری (The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb)سرقت جواهر در گرند متروپلیتن (The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan)نخست وزیر ربوده شده (The Kidnapped Prime Minister)ناپدید شدن آقای دون هایم (The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim)ماجرای نجیبزاده ایتالیایی (The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman)پرونده وصیتنامه گم شده (The Case of the Missing Will)آگاتا مری کلاریسا میلر، سال 1890 در دوون شایر انگلستان، از پدری آمریکائی و مادری انگلیسی متولد شد، نخستین ازدواجش، با افسری بود از نیروی هوایی سلطنتی به نام کلنل «آرچیبالد کریستی» در سال 1915 میلادی، ازدواج در سال 1926 میلادی به طلاق انجامید، چهار سال بعد، «آگاتا»، با «ماکس مالووان»، استاد دانشگاه آکسفورد، ازدواج کرد که تا پایان عمرش ادامه یافت. «کریستی»، در سال 1976 میلادی پس از خلق بیش از 80 داستان بلند و مجموعه داستان کوتاه، در سن 86 سالگی درگذشت. ا. شربیانی

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-06-20 12:22

    Mon ami, ce sont des histoires agréables!Lovely stuff this! Poirot Investigates is a nice, compact selection of stories about cases quickly and concisely solved. No, not every story is a mind-boggler, though one or two went clear over my head, but for the most part I could follow these. Occasionally I even solved the crime well in advance of Poirot. I'm no heavy reader of mysteries, so I attribute this to the age of the stories and the modern-day prevalence on TV for such things. By now we can't help but to have seen it all before. What's not to love about Hercule Poirot? Okay, yes he is conceited. However, it seems almost impossible that someone so infinitely ahead of everyone else in their field could be anything but conceited. Modesty in such a person would seem disingenuous. If Sherlock Holmes kept eschewing the well-deserved praise thrust upon him ("Oh no no, it was you. I couldn't have managed a bit of it without you!") the defensive deflection would come to be almost offensive. Also, conceit acts as an innocent flaw, a positive negative if you will, that keeps the hero from saintliness, a very annoying trait indeed. We mortals need something to grasp on to that lets us know this person we are reading about is actually human. I haven't read much Christie, only Murder on the Orient Express comes to mind, but I will be reading more thanks to Poirot Investigates.

  • Susan
    2019-06-20 10:19

    This is an interesting collection of Poirot stories; first published in 1924 and all of which feature Hastings as narrator. Hastings often comments on how conceited Poirot is, although this is justified, as Poirot uses his ‘little grey cells,’ to solve many mysteries and even wins a bet with Japp, during this book. The stories involve missing jewels, blackmail, mysterious insurance claims, the even more intriguing case of a ‘very cheap flat,’ in an expensive part of London (unheard of!) which piques Poirot’s interest, and more. With Italian nobleman, a missing Prime Minister and a possible Egyptian curse (obviously inspired by the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922), this is a really fun collection, with some influential clients beating a past to Poirot’s London flat to ask his advice. Although I do prefer novels to short stories, this was an interesting book. Poirot is at his ease in these stories – brimming with confidence in his abilities and always eager to take on a new case. This is the third Poirot book, and the very first collection of short stories featuring Poirot and Hastings.

  • Obsidian
    2019-06-24 05:22

    I really thought this stories as a whole were way too short to get that engrossed in. I found most of them to be merely okay. There was only one that I thought was good. I did have to give it 3 stars though since we have Hastings as our narrator for all of the stories. I do miss Hastings when he is not present in Poirot books. Poirot solo is beyond aggravating. He needs Hastings there to blunder along to be superior to to show off his gray cells. "The Adventure of the Western Star" (3 stars)-Poirot and Hastings are called in to keep a woman's most expensive jewel from being stolen from a Chinamen (yeah you read that right). The whole reveal in this story didn't make a lot of sense to me and I had a hard time with Poirot coming out the winner here when he is given facts that Hastings was not. "The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor" (5 stars)-The main reason why I had to give this one 5 stars was that honestly I thought it was quite an ingenious way the person behind the murder did this. Apparently the rule is not to be too trusting of others when you have a rifle near you. I do have to say that once again I thought that how Poirot put things together was a bit much though."The Adventure of the Cheap Flat" (2 stars)-I liked the BBC version of this story better. It somehow made less sense written."The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge" (2 stars)-This was a weird case. We have Hastings investigating with Japp when Poirot is down and out with flu. I don't know why he just doesn't tell all to capture the bad guys instead of providing notes with no context to Hastings. This is one of the rare cases where the bad guys get away with it, but karma eventually wins out."The Million Dollar Bond Robbery" (3 stars)-A clever case of who stole some bonds. I do have to say though that I still don't get how Poirot was able to figure this one out. It was a stretch for me. "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb" (1 star)-Nope. Seriously. Once again a far-fetched reason for the murder and it is missing Christie's attention to detail when the action moves to another country and city. Very disappointing."The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan" (1 star)-I honestly skimmed this one. I had to. It was so boring. And the reason why Poirot caught the bad guy (their shoes) made me roll my eyes. "The Kidnapped Prime Minister" (3 stars)-I found that most of these short stories are really Poirot just explaining to Hastings why he's stupid. Seriously. "The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim" (4 stars)-I have to say the reason behind the disappearance doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I just thought the whole story was quite clever. I enjoyed the BBC television episode of this one too. "The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman" (1 star)-I can't remember this story at all."The Case of the Missing Will" (3 stars)-I did call BS on the woman in this story hiring Poirot to find out where the missing will her uncle hid from her. He expected her to figure out in order to show that her choice of education was correct in order to inherit his estate. She hires Poirot who figures things out and she wins. I didn't blame Hastings for not feeling okay about things. "The Veiled Lady" (2 stars)-A case of the wrong shoes."The Lost Mine" (2 stars)-Reading about how Poirot came to own shares in a mine. It was boring. "The Chocolate Box" (4 stars)-You read about a case that Poirot solved, but was wrong about who the murderer was. I would have enjoyed this collection more if we had Poirot recounting older cases of his to Hastings and showing that Poirot was not the smartest person around. He made mistakes, as he did in this one.

  • Lianne - Literary Diversions
    2019-06-08 08:27

    This was the tightest-written, most well-plotted little collection of short stories. Only one out of 11 felt the tiniest bit flat. I cared about the characters, I cared about the solutions and I will definitely read this again.

  • Emma
    2019-06-17 13:11

    I’m quite new to reading Agatha Christie but the few full novels I have read have been thoroughly enjoyable. This volume...not so much. Something about this collection of short stories just got on my nerves. I guess in the novels, Poirot is more diluted, his vanity and disregard for Hastings’ brain power is less in-your-face..what saved it from 2 stars was that David Suchet narrated. Even that was double edged as his female voice was terrible! My advice: skip this volume and move right along!

  • Daniel
    2019-06-14 08:21

    Ova kolekcija mi je bolje legla nego prethodna pošto je većina pričica duža pa ima mesta da se Agata raspiše i ipak malo bolje zakuva. Na par mesta bilo mi je suviše naivno ali sobzirom od kada je knjiga neću joj uzeti to za zlo.Sve u svemu odlična kolekcija.

  • Cyndi
    2019-06-01 07:05

    A collection of short stories. Although each story is complete I still wished for more. (I’m greedy that way 🤷🏼‍♀️) But they are good little mysteries. And, the best part is that I finally figured one out before Poirot revealed the answer! Yay me! Granted, Poirot said it was so easy he was surprised Col. Hastings didn’t figure it out by himself. But I’m still going to count it. 🧐

  • Cemre
    2019-06-07 12:07

    Öykü okumayı çok severim; ancak gizem-polisiye türündeki öykülerin bir roman kadar keyif vermediğini düşünüyorum. Agatha Christie okumayı da çok seviyorum; fakat bu kadar kolay çözülen olaylarını okumaktan pek tat almadım.

  • Eva
    2019-06-09 12:05

    Agatha Christie is comfortfood for my booksoul. I love her mysteries: they are very well written, filled with intriguing characters and most of the time contain a very good plot. It is rare for me to guess who did it. I enjoy reading about Poirot or Miss Marple. This book contains 11 short stories. Some good, some mediocre and some great.- The adventure of the westerns star -5- The tragedy at Marsdon Manor - 3- The adventure of the cheap flat - 2- The mystery of Hunter's Lodge - 3- The million dollar bond robbery- 4- The adventure of the egyptian tomb - 2 - The jewel robbery at the Grand Metropolitan - 3- The kidnapped prime minister - 5- The disappearance of mr Davenheim - 4- The adventure of the Italian nobleman - 3- The case of the missing will - 4The thing with short stories is, i often can't really get into the story. And Christie is at her best when she has more room to work out the plot. So these are sketches of plots somehow. I rather read longer stories. Nevertheless, i really enjoyed them. Especially the one about the missing prime minister and the disappearance of Mr Davenheim. Two I thought not very enjoyable: the one in Egypt and the one about the cheap flat. But this is an early Christie, of shows her potential and the stories are far better then your average crime novel. Maybe when reading this you think 'This is a familiar twist, not very original'. Don 't forget, Christie probably write the original, copied by many others. Many people dislike the role of Poirots sidekick Hastings. He can indeed be somewhat annoying. But i think they are both needed to balance eachother. Poirot without Hastings is too smug and conceited to be bearable. And Hasting too silly. Having said so, i wonder what the stories are like when later on Hastings leaves for Argentina. Time will tell.

  • Sammy
    2019-06-17 10:15

    Someone once said that if you only read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, and only read Christie’s short stories, you’d think they were both bad writers. Well, it’s emphatically true of Conan Doyle, and I think it’s at least partly true for Dame Agatha as well.Christie’s first collection of short stories united eleven Poirot and Hastings tales first published in The Sketch magazine in 1923. This is the first incarnation of Poirot: a respected detective, certainly, but one who struggles just as often with being a foreigner, and whose understanding of Western mores is far from complete, while his abilities can often be overshadowed by his arrogance. It is, indeed, the characterisation that has been the template for all the film adaptations, and the actors who have portrayed the Belgian. David Suchet, with his desire to create a more nuanced character (and 20 years in which to develop him), was able to take this as the basis for Poirot’s early years, and then develop him through the 1940s incarnation – someone who wants to retire and, as he ages, grows slightly gruffer – to the final Poirot, an older, justifiably famous man who now understands humankind all too well, and begins to wonder about the things he missed in life. (The Suchet TV series, incidentally, utilised these short stories as templates for some lovely episodes. The central quartet – rounded out by Miss Lemon and Inspector Japp – made those early episodes delightful. They don’t all work, but they’re a good lesson in taking a short story and developing it into a full hour.)There’s nothing explicitly wrong with this collection: a few stories sparkle, and the pairing of Hastings and Poirot (even though Christie quickly tired of it) works quite well. There is a sense of newness and wonder in their relationship, being set only a few years after their meeting in (or after?) World War I. But, truth be told, these are the lesser short stories in Poirot’s canon. Robert Barnard, in his analytical book "A Talent to Deceive", sees them as very much “in the shadow of Holmes and Watson”, and it’s hard to disagree. Picking one story and reading it can be good fun, but reading a few quickly exposes the formula. Hastings can easily be written off as a bit of a goof, so Christie made the right decision in limiting his appearances from here on out. This is not a waste of time, but – as with all Christie – her short stories have nothing on the novels.[For once, US and UK readers got essentially the same collection this time. Nowadays, seek out a copy of the lovely "Complete Short Stories of Poirot" instead.]Two and a half stars.Poirot ranking: 32nd out of 38.

  • Paula
    2019-05-25 11:02

    3.5 stars. This is definitely the best (and the funniest) of the three Christie short story collections I've read so far, but I still can't quite bring myself to give it full four stars, I just don't love her short stories as much as her novels.

  • Alaina Meserole
    2019-05-31 10:24

    Update: I'm going to write a better review on this book.Poirot Investigates is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie. Within these eleven marvelous stories, Hercules Poirot solves a variety of mysteries involving greed, jealousy, and revenge. Now who's ready for some spoilers on these novellas? It better be you.Fair warning, I'm not going to to over all eleven novellas - just a few.The Adventure of the Western Star:(view spoiler)[In this novella, Poirot receives a visit from Miss Mary Marvell. She is a famous American movie star visiting London. It has to deal with how she got these letters from a Chinese man ordering her to return her jewel (AKA "Western Star") to where it came from. Throughout this novella there are some twist and turns. One being that there was no god damn Chinese man. Yeah, no, there wasn't. This whole thing was set up by her husband who had cheated on her and such. (hide spoiler)] It was a good novella - now on to the next one.The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor:(view spoiler)[In this novella, Poirot believes that an old (not really) drying man committed suicide after insuring his life for the benefit of his wife. Crazy and weird, right? But in the end she really did do it - kill him, I mean. The guy didn't commit suicide but she was stupid enough to get caught by Poirot. (hide spoiler)]The Case of the Missing Will:(view spoiler)[So this novella was kind of cute. Violet Marsh calls Poirot about her uncle's strange will. The will that basically says if she can find the real will then everything will belong to her - if she doesn't then she get's nothing. Poirot helps Miss Marsh out and he finds the real will. In the end, Violet is deemed to have superior intelligence by employing Poirot to solve the case.In the end, I liked all of the short stories within this book. They were pretty interesting and definitely let you see a different part of Poirot within each. I also like how he wasn't always solving a murder - the will one was probably my favorite out of them all. I can't wait to read more from this series and more from Agatha Christie. (hide spoiler)]

  • Noha Basiouny
    2019-06-24 11:25

    مجموعة قصص بوليسية بطلها المحقق بوارو ، تشبه في تكوينها كثيرا شيرلوك هولمز. محقق عبقري يسكن في إحدي البيوت بلندن ولديه ال "سنيد" أو صديق المحقق الذي يساعده في كثير من القضايا ، بينما صاحبة المنزل تعني بهم من آن لآخر وتخبره بقدوم أحدهم ليستشيره في جريمة قتل أو سرقة. ما علينا...المهم أن المحقق بوارو هنا كان شديد الغرور والاعتداد بنفسه ، وكثير السخرية والاستختفاف بصديقه "هستنجز" علي عكس هولمز ، وقد كان بوارو نسخة ذكرية من الآنسة ماربل (إحدي شخصيات أجاثا كريستي المشهورة) في طريقة البحث عن الحقيقة. إذ أنه كان - بعد أن تعرض عليه قضية ما - يسأل سؤالين أو ثلاثة ، ثم تسري الأحداث كما قدرت لها الكاتبة أن تسري ، وقد تتطور أو تتعقد وأبقي أنا في حيرة من أمري لا أعرف كيف سيحل بوارو هذه العقدة ، وكثيرا ما ألحق الحيرة بالحنق عليه لأنه قلما يبدي أي ردة فعل تجاه هذه التطورات ، وقبل نهاية القصة بصفحة أو اثنتان أجد بوارو قادما من لا مكان ل "ينحشر" وسط الأحداث ، وفجأة ومن دون مقدمات أجده قد ظهر بالحل الكامل المكمل الذي لا يقبل النقاش ، بل وقد قدمه ملفوفا في قصة مقنعة جديدة نوعا علي مسامعي ، وقبل أن أتبادر بالسؤال: كيف عرف كل ذلك؟ أكاد أتخيل أجاثا كريستي تنظر لي شزرا وكأن الإجابة واضحة وضوح الشمس متمثلة في حقيقة كون بوارو محققا ، والمحقق عالم بكل شئ حتي أسرار الفنانة اكس وما تخفيه في درج الكومود!الحقيقة أن أول تعليق أطلقته علي هذا الكتاب كان: الراجل ده شكله قرا الكتاب قبل ما يبقي فيه!بعض القصص كانت مثيرة ولكن أطفأها بوارو بأسلوبه المنفر.

  • Catie
    2019-06-15 12:16

    One or two exceptional short stories, most of the others are okay. Enjoyable and quick read, but I definitely enjoy the full length Poirot novels better than this short story collection.

  • Carolyn F.
    2019-06-04 10:15

    Audiobook - average rating is 3.77 stars1. The Adventure of The Western Star. I'm almost positive this was a Poirot Presents on PBS because I knew the story as soon as it started. Great story. 4 stars. 2. The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor. A really sad story about how a man was used and then murdered. 4 stars3. The Adventure of The Cheap Flat. This one was a little confusing to me. Why mention the cheap flat with all the furniture? 3 stars.4. The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge. Another story showing cruelty for someone you are supposed to love. 3-1/2 stars.5. The Million Dollar Bond Robbery. A bit confusing as to what was going on. Maybe listening to it and trying to pay attention closely didn't work. 3 stars6. The Adventure of The Egyptian Tomb. Lots of murders as disguised as a curse. Good story. 4 stars.7. The Jewel Robbery at The Grand Metropolitan. These fictional women and their constant bragging about their jewels. They're just asking for it. 4 stars8. The Kidnapped Prime Minister. This story was really good. I don't remember reading it, which is a nice surprise for me and an Agatha Christie book. 5 stars.9. The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim. This one - the perpetrator is really clever. Very good story. 5 stars.10. The Adventure of The Italian Nobleman. Sort of a cliche on who did it. An okay story. 3 stars.11. The Case of The Missing Will. What normal person (even Poirot) would be able to find the will? The reason the uncle did it was so convoluted, it didn't make sense. 3 stars

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-06-11 05:18

    The third volume in the collection of Christie's Poirot series, a collection of short stories, better than most mystery collections, I would have to assume, having been written by the best selling author of all time. Still, I had a hard time getting into them, in part because they are stories, and sort of for me pale in comparison to the novels from her I have read. My biggest problem is the clueless sidekick Hastings she devised in part out of her in part mimicking Doyle's Holmes and Watson (and it's so great to see Lucy Liu's much smarter Watson in the tv series Elementary! Recommend!). Being mired in Doyle fan-fiction-dom limits all these early volumes to some extent. Hastings is a constant idiot and Poirot is arrogant to the point of being mean with his "friend" that he has nothing in common with. Feels like a device. IS a device.One way to appreciate these essentially tightly written stories is that the still young Christie is developing her chops as a young mystery writer, sharpening her little narrative hooks, polishing this great dandy Poirot as a character, with his fussiness and ego and order and logic and insistence on the importance of the use of "grey cells" in the solving of crime. When Poirot speaks, everything comes alive, she has it down, he is pretty irresistible.Though he needs to get rid of Hastings for the best is yet to come in after volumes. I'll let you know when I get there. But make no mistake: this is good mystery writing, even in her early attempts, and if you like your mysteries quick and clean, check it out. There's a kind of template she is developing you might see (and follow, if you wanted to try writing mysteries).You can probably read much of it online now. I liked "The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan" and "The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim" where Poirot, ill, solves the case without leaving his apartment.

  • Ady Weasley
    2019-05-25 08:32

    Le doy cuatro estrellas porque no me atrapo como esperaba este libro.Consta de 11 historias todas son un misterio a resolver por Hércules Poirot, quizás por el hecho de que fueron casos pequeños y que fueron resueltos rápidamente es lo que no me termino de convencer.Las que más me gustan fueron: La aventura del "Estrella de Occidente", La aventura de la tumba egipcia, Robo de joyas en el Grand Metropolitan, La desaparición de mister Davenheim y El caso del testamento desaparecido.Me gusta mucho las portadas que maneja esta edición. Sin embargo tiene uno que otro horror de impresión, pero nada grave.

  • James
    2019-06-16 08:12

    My first anthology of the year, and my first Christie or Poirot anthology. It also marks the start of a run of four anthologies in my reading list. Anthologies are a difficult thing to get right. Apart from the need to manage the theme of the anthology, there's nearly always a couple of weaker stories in the mix. Somehow a weaker story in an anthology is that much more noticeable than a weaker chapter in a novel. This collection, Poirot Investigates, represents the first collection of Christie's Hercule Poirot short stories. Initially published in the UK with only eleven stories, I read an ebook of the US edition which came with an extra three stories.Opening with The Adventure of the "Western Star" and we're straight into the first Poirot story I already know from TV. Poirot has become fashionable. A disappointing ending and some casual 'chink' racism aside, it's a good opening story. Short stories don't give Christie as much scope to build a complex narrative, and many of these stories are simpler to fathom out once you assume that the obvious suspect is innocent (after all what would be the point of Poirot if he agreed with everybody else). The Adventure of the Cheap Flat is a clever little story, and also our first introduction to the venerable Inspector Japp. Having decided she likes Japp he appears again for no real reason in The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge – these top policemen seem to get assigned well our of their jurisdiction.The sadly weaker stories providing some padding included The Tragedy at Marson Manor which is a very simple, and generally too long, story about a suicide; The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb seemed unusually confused; and The Kidnapped Prime Minister and The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman continue to play on the hackneyed "don't trust the foreigner" line.Some of the stand-out stories for me were The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan (another one I'm sure I'd already seen on TV), and The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim – a classic Poirot vs. Japp bet where Poirot has to solve the case with only his little grey cells and without leaving his apartment. The two ending stories would both have been perfect finishes – The Case of the Missing Will is a game of clever hide and seek with no crime to solve to finish the UK edition, and the final The Chocolate Box is especially poignant as it highlights Poirot's failure, reminding us that under that smug exterior that constantly loves to rub Hastings' and the Police's noses in their shortcomings, he is also human like the rest of us.

  • Karen Foster
    2019-06-23 09:08

    Listened to this as an audiobook.Not only does Daivd Suchet (narrator) capture Hercule so wonderfully, he also adds so much to the other characters in these mysteries. You could not ask for a more perfect actor to tell Christie's stories.I love Dame Agatha's characters, and particularly Captain Hastings and Poirot together. Just makes me smile :)....

  • Sahar keshmiri
    2019-05-28 09:27

    مجموعه داستان کوتاه در باره پوارو. به نظرم خیلی بهتر از بقیه داستان کوتاه های کریستی بود. ولی کلا داستانهای بلندشو بیشتر دوست دارم.

  • Masoud Irannejad
    2019-05-26 08:17

    یک کتاب خواندنی از خانم آگاتا کرسیتی ، شامل مجموعه داستان های کاراگاه معروف و محبوب ، هرکول پوآروبرای اونایی که حال و حوصله ی خوندن داستان های بلند رو ندارن کتاب خوبیه

  • Jasmine Darcy
    2019-06-17 10:02

    More of a 2.75 stars. 11 stories .RTC

  • Imogen Kathleen
    2019-06-03 13:12

    The Good- Some of these short stories were brilliant. My 'meh' three-star rating applies to the whole book, but some of the short stories would have received five stars individually. - Agatha Christie's writing is and always will be so calming to me; it's just so pleasant to read.The Bad- I didn't know that this book comprised of short stories and I decided after about four of them that I much preferred Poirot in novel form.- DON'T HATE ME BUT Poirot and Hastings felt like a paled version of Sherlock and Watson to me and that comparison followed me across every single page.- I actually ended up skim-reading one or two stories as they nearly all follow a predictable and same-ish pattern, so I wound up not being too engaged with the stories towards the end as I felt like I had read them all before.Overall, I am glad that I read this as it brings me closer to my goal of getting all the way through the Poirot collection, but this one was disappointing to me.

  • Rosie
    2019-05-27 10:06

    I really do love reading Christie/Poirot, they're always so easy to read and I just fly through them (which is especially welcome when the last book I read was a slow one). This particular book in the Poirot series is a collection of short stories - all containing the ingenious detective, and his companion Hastings. I do find them both amusing; especially when Hastings gets annoyed at Poirot's vanity. I enjoy it even more so when he wishes for Poirot's downfall one day when he displays a particularly violent case of love for his own brain and deductive skills.I love how Hastings is, a lot of the time, like 'My dear little friend seems to have lost it' (or something like that) whenever Poirot seems to be asking strange questions, or fixating on things that seem unimportant, despite every single time in the past all of these have allowed Poirot to find the culprit/unravel the case. This is especially apparent in this book because he does it in a number of the short stories - which, for some reason, never fails to amuse me. This book was so much fun. Poirot is accompanied by his usual wit ('his little grey cells' and his derisive comments at Hastings lack of imagination, and romanticism - which sometimes amuses Hastings, but mostly annoys him). Some of the stories are a little more boring than the others; but with Christie's writing they always do hold you captivated as you want to know what happens next.I'm unhappy to say, I sometimes possess Hastings lack of imagination, as he sometimes proudly presents the suspicions I'd had - and I immediately know I was wrong due to this - to which he is met with what could be called an old fashioned eye roll from Poirot. A lot of the fun is in trying to guess the culprit - although sometimes I don't have the faintest idea and just leave it all to the expert in my laziness. Excited to get onto the next one in the series - whenever that may be.

  • Anna
    2019-06-10 13:20

    Although I adore Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot, I didn't like the short story format of this Poirot canon entry. The stories are all interesting enough but there just aren't enough pages in each story for the conclusions to pack a punch, like the novels that center on only one mystery do. I came out feeling like they were just okay, although the last story, "The Chocolate Box", was definitely the best.On the bright side, I found it's easier for me to swallow the bitter pill that is Captain Hastings when it's in smaller doses! Yay?

  • Lydia
    2019-06-20 06:21

    So this Poirot book is more like a collection of short stories. They were all really interesting and I'm always happily surprised with the outcome because I do not have the brain to ever work out who the culprit actually is. Plus, I like being surprised so I don't put any time into trying to figure out the answer.It was a fun collection. But I'm definitely more of a full-length novel fan when it comes to Poirot, I think. It gives me more time to get into the story and the characters and the mystery. So this was a cute collection and I really enjoyed it, but not my favourite Christie.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-05 05:31

    3.5* - I enjoyed this collection of short stories however, I would have to say the last 4 stories (The kidnapped Prime Minister, The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim, The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman and The Case of the Missing Will) were my favourite. My only problem is that a Poirot short story is never enough! I prefer a full length novel where you get to experience Poirot's charms and brilliance in every way.