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Captain Hastings recounts 18 of Poirot's early cases from the days before he was famous Hercule Poirot delighted in telling people that he was probably the. Poirot's Early Cases is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie and first published in Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. Captain Hastings recounts 18 of Poirot's early cases from the days before he was famous! Hercule Poirot delighted in telling people that he was probably.
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You know the main facts of the case, I suppose, Monsieur Poirot?' 'From the Now, quite early in the evening it was apparent that there was something wrong. Hercule Poirot's early cases · Read more Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot · Read more · Het Wespennest (Poirot's Early Cases). Read more. Hercule Poirot's Early Cases. Home · Hercule Poirot's Early Cases Author: Christie Agatha Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot. Read more · Hercule Poirots.
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The Adventure of the Clapham Cook. The Cornish Mystery. The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly. The Double Clue. The King of Clubs. The Lemesurier Inheritance. The Lost Mine. The Plymouth Express. The Chocolate Box. The Submarine Plans. This collection of short stories are all-together amusing. But they lack the character development and the intricate unfolding of each case that I usually find in Christie's novels.
But, still, if you're a fan of hers, it's a definite must-read. View all 3 comments. Mostly hits, a couple of misses, many classic Christie stories with the little grey cells on full display. Time spent with Hercule Poirot is always time well spent. Hastings is much more a comic foil on tv, and some of the stories become farcical in the hands of the television writers.
It is good to go back to the originals and readjust my reading taste buds. High Mostly hits, a couple of misses, many classic Christie stories with the little grey cells on full display. Highly recommended for a day by the fire with tea, or a tisane. His ability to give life to each and every character in these 18 cases is quite exemplary.
Rarely have I heard such brilliant narration and is quite in league with Ralph Cosham's version of Louise Penny's books. Also, present are some stories narrated by Hugh Fraser who is quite good too! A really nice collection of short stories. But every story is enjoyable, with Poirot at his best. This was an okay selection of early short stories of Poirot.
Hercule Poirot's Early Cases
Only unfortunate thing is that they were all televised and I saw them all innumerable times. But, I do have to say, that in each case the stories did differ from the televised versions.
Thank goodness. I'm not a huge fan of Christie's short stories, but this collection has a lot of good ones. There are 17 stories in this collection, so I'll just mention the ones that stand out for some reason. The Affair at the Victory Ball - I've never cared for this confusing story of costumes and drugs smuggling.
It just seems dull to me. The Adventure of the Clapham Cook - I really like this amusing story. The Chocolate Box - Poirot I'm not a huge fan of Christie's short stories, but this collection has a lot of good ones. The Chocolate Box - Poirot's only failure makes an interesting story.
The Submarine Plans - I always remember this one when it pops up someplace. Market Basing Mystery - Another clever one that I enjoyed. Problem at Sea - The TV version is one of my favorites, and this story is quite good, too. Oct 02, Damaskcat rated it it was amazing. This is an entertaining collection of eighteen well written short stories featuring Hercule Poirot. If you haven't read any of Agatha Christie's Poirot stories, then this collection would be a good place to start.
I felt that Poirot came over as less arrogant and sure of himself than he is in some of the books and he even tells Hastings about one case where he felt he failed. The stories are narrated by Poirot's friend, Hastings and cover a variety of crimes including murder, kidnapping and theft This is an entertaining collection of eighteen well written short stories featuring Hercule Poirot.
The stories are narrated by Poirot's friend, Hastings and cover a variety of crimes including murder, kidnapping and theft. I particularly enjoyed 'The Adventure of the Clapham Cook - in which Poirot is reluctant to take on the case at first because he doesn't search for missing domestic servants.
I also liked The Chocolate Box. Christie and Poirot lovers. With the neat little revelation that it is Captain Hastings actually who detests Japp more than Poirot, apparently. And by the way, 'Poirot's ear " Poirot had a good opinion of Japp's abilities, though deploring his lamentable lack of method, but I, for my part, considered that the detective's highest talent lay in the gentle art of seeking favours under the guise of conferring them! And by the way, 'Poirot's early cases' was a reasonably satisfying read.
It is collection of short, mostly crisp stories that have an old-world charm. Though I have had better experience with Christie and Poirot in past. Sep 26, Diana Long rated it really liked it. A nice collection of 18 short stories featuring Hercule Poirot. Some of the stories also are shared with other book collections by the author.
I normally don't enjoy short stories, however, this book felt somehow different to all the others I read and I enjoyed most of the stories. Others were perfect the way they were and managed to keep me holding on and surprise me with the ending even with just a few pages, such as Problem at Sea. Most of them I already knew from the David Suchet's movies, which are so good I normally don't enjoy short stories, however, this book felt somehow different to all the others I read and I enjoyed most of the stories.
Most of them I already knew from the David Suchet's movies, which are so good that I can't help but seeing Suchet's face when I'm reading any of Poirot's books. View all 4 comments. I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie. Each story is unique yet familiar, the main characters are developed, idiosyncratic, flawed but appealing. I particularly like these short stories as all my mundane chores can be broken up with a cuppa and a tale. I really enjoy the escapism but feel that I am also being educated as the vocabulary is sublime.
Looking forward to my next dose of Poirot already. Todos en general son buenos, aunque algunos destacan por el final inesperado y los giros argumentales que tanto le gustaban a su autora. Sobra decir que yo, con Agatha Christie, soy incapaz de ser imparcial. Feb 27, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Absolutely brilliant collection of Hercule Poirot stories. Recommend the audio version.
This is my Poirot!: Aug 20, John Frankham rated it really liked it Shelves: Poirot short stories. Very, very reminiscent of Conan Doyle. For Holmes and Watson, read Poirot and Capt. Good, solid plotting and manipulation of rather stock characters, but enjoyable fun and puzzles. Surprising as Agatha Christie can be in her books.
It's worth reading. This book is a collection of short stories. Hope to read more of Monsieur Hercule Poirot! Unofficial Poirot Buddy Read: Poirot's early cases 7 20 Apr 26, May - Poirot's Early Cases 6 52 May 31, Add language 3 12 Oct 29, Readers Also Enjoyed. Short Stories. About Agatha Christie. Agatha Christie. Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott , and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in t Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott , and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation.
According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least languages. She is the creator of two of the most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap , the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.
The Millers had two other children: Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.
During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles , came out in During her first marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines. He arranges a get-together of the people involved at his flat where he puts on a shadowed presentation across a back-lit screen of the six costumes but then reveals that there were actually five.
Underneath Pierrot's loose garb is that of the slimmer-fitting Harlequin. Davidson leaps forward and curses Poirot but is quickly arrested by Japp. Poirot reveals that the strength with which the knife was plunged into Cronshaw meant that a man was responsible for the crime. The stiffness of the body meant he had been dead for some time and not killed in the ten-minute interval between being seen in the box and then being found dead on the floor, therefore the figure seen as Harlequin was one of the others.
It could not have been Beltane as his costume was too elaborate to change quickly. Davidson killed Cronshaw earlier, hid the body in the curtained recess, then took Courtenay home where he fed her an overdose of the drug. He did not stay there as he claimed but returned immediately. His motive was self-preservation as it was he who had been supplying Courtenay with drugs and Cronshaw was on the point of finding out and exposing him. Poirot is not interested in investigating some of the cases which appear in the newspapers and which Hastings tries to bring to his attention.
These include a bank clerk Mr. Davis who disappears with fifty thousand pounds of securities , a suicidal man and a missing typist. He is put on the spot though when visited by a Mrs Todd who is determined that he investigate her missing cook.
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Challenged, he decides, with some humour and to avoid an argument, to take the seemingly trivial case.
Eliza Dunn, a middle-aged woman, walked out of her job and the Todd's house in Clapham two days ago without working her notice and has not communicated with her employer since, except for sending for her trunk that day. Interviewing the maid in the house, Poirot finds out that the trunk was already packed, meaning that Eliza had planned to leave even though her departure was swift.
The other occupants of the house are Mr Todd, who works in the city, and their lodger, Mr Simpson, who works in the same bank at which Mr Davis worked.
Struck by this coincidence as he is, Poirot cannot see a connection between an absconding bank clerk and a missing cook. Poirot places advertisements in the newspaper enquiring as to the whereabouts of Eliza and several days later he is successful in locating her when she visits Poirot's rooms. She tells him a story of having come into a legacy of a house in Carlisle and an income of three hundred pounds a year, dependent upon her taking up the offer and immediately leaving domestic service.
This legacy was communicated to her by a man who approached her in the street as she was returning to the Todd's house one night, the man supposedly having come from there to see her. The money came from a friend of her late grandmother who had settled in Australia and married a wealthy settler.
Eliza had immediately taken the train north and a couple of days later received her belongings from Clapham, although wrapped in paper parcels and not in her old trunk, which she supposes had been kept behind by Mrs Todd in a fit of pique. Poirot rushes back to Clapham with Hastings and explains matters on the way. Simpson knew what his colleague Davis was up to at the bank. He killed the man for the securities and needed an old, inconspicuous trunk in which to hide the body and that meant diverting Eliza out of the way.
It was Simpson in disguise who had approached her in the street. On arriving at Clapham, Simpson has already disappeared but is traced to an ocean liner bound for the US.
The trunk with Davis' body inside is located at a Glasgow railway station. Poirot views the link between a disappearing cook and a murder to be one of his most interesting cases, and he frames the cheque sent by Mr. Todd for his consulting fee as a reminder of it. Poirot receives a visit from a Mrs Pengelley, a middle-aged woman who is afraid that she is being poisoned by her husband, a dentist.
She has been ill after eating but her doctor states that she is suffering from acute gastritis. She and her husband live in Polgarwith, a small market town in Cornwall. She has no proof of the allegation, only that she only suffers when her husband is at home, not when he is away at the weekends and a bottle of weedkiller, supposedly unused, is half-empty. There could be no financial motive to suggest why Mr Pengelley should try to murder his wife but she suspects an affair with his young receptionist.
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Another resident in the house was her niece, Freda Stanton, but that lady had a row with Mrs Pengelley the week before and left the house after living there for eight years. Mrs Pengelley is vague as to the cause of the row but states that she has been told by a Mr Radnor to leave Freda to come to her senses. Radnor is described as "just a friend" and a "very pleasant young fellow". Poirot and Hastings travel to Cornwall the next day and are shocked to find that Mrs Pengelley died half an hour before.
Poirot interviews the dead woman's doctor, who at first denies that anything could be wrong but is then astounded to learn she had gone to London to consult the detective. Their last visit before leaving Cornwall is to Mrs Pengelley's niece. They meet Freda Stanton and Jacob Radnor and discover that the couple is engaged, and that the cause of the row between Freda and her aunt was the older woman's own infatuation with Radnor, a far younger man.
The situation became so bad that Freda had no option but to move out. Poirot and Hastings return to London but are able to follow events in the papers as rumour spreads leading to Mrs Pengelley's body being exhumed and traces of arsenic found. Her widower is arrested and charged with murder. Attending the committal hearing , Poirot invites Radnor back to his flat where he produces a written confession for the man to sign.
He planned to get rid of both the Pengelleys, one through murder and the other by execution so his new wife, Freda, would inherit their money. Mrs Pengelley fell for Radnor because he made sure she would, flirting with her while at the same time planting seeds in the woman's mind that her husband was trying to poison her.
Poirot offers him twenty-four hours escape if he signs the confession before he hands it over to the police and dupes the man into thinking that Poirot's own flat is being watched.
Radnor signs and hurries out. Poirot confesses to Hastings that he did not have any real evidence of Radnor's guilt and that the stunt was his only option to get Mr Pengelley acquitted. He is sure that Scotland Yard will catch up with Radnor, despite the latter's twenty-four hours start. Poirot is called in to investigate the kidnapping of three-year-old Johnnie Waverly, the son of Marcus Waverly, from his home, Waverly Court in Surrey.
Prior to the kidnapping, the family received anonymous letters that threatened to take the boy unless twenty-five thousand pounds was paid. The police took little interest until the final letter which stated that the boy would be kidnapped at twelve o'clock the next day.
On that day, Mrs. Waverly was mildly poisoned and a note was left on Mr. Waverly's pillow that stated, "At Twelve O'clock". Horrified that someone inside the house is involved, Mr.
Waverly sacks all of the staff except Tredwell, his long-time butler, and Miss Collins, his wife's trusted secretary-companion. At the appointed time Waverly, his son and Inspector McNeil of Scotland Yard are in a locked room in the house with police posted in the extensive grounds. Precisely at noon the police find a tramp sneaking toward the house. He has cotton wool, chloroform and a post-kidnap note ready to plant.
When Waverly and the Inspector dash outside to see what is happening, the boy is taken by car through a now unguarded gate. They hear the village clock chiming twelve and realise that the main clock in the house had been set forward ten minutes.
The tramp claims Tredwell employed him but the butler has an alibi for the time that he was said to meet the tramp: Poirot travels to Waverly Court and is told of the existence of a priest hole. In it he finds the footprint of a small dog in one corner but no one knew of any such creature small enough in the house.
After questioning the child's sacked nurse, Tredwell and Miss Collins, Poirot concludes his investigation. Poirot confronts Mr. Poirot says that Waverly kidnapped his own son to get money from his rich but very parsimonious wife.
The poisoning of the wife to incapacitate her, the note on the pillow and the re-setting of the clock all point to an inside job, and only Mr.
Waverly could sack all of the servants to reduce the level of protection around the child. Tredwell was in on the plan and he did indeed employ the tramp. The footprint of the dog in the priest's hole was from a toy kept there to amuse the boy until he could be spirited away afterwards. A shamefaced Mr. Waverly confesses to Poirot and reveals that the child was presently with his former nurse.
Poirot is called in by Marcus Hardman, a collector of various antique precious objects, to investigate a jewel robbery. The theft occurred from his safe when he was holding a small tea party at his house.
He showed his guests his collection of medieval jewels and later discovered that the safe had been rifled and the objects taken. Four of his guests had the opportunity to take the items — Mr Johnston, a South African millionaire only just arrived in London; Countess Vera Rossakoff, a refugee from the Russian revolution ; Bernard Parker, a young and effeminate agent for Mr Hardman, and Lady Runcorn, a middle-aged society lady whose aunt is a kleptomaniac.
Poirot examines the scene of the crime and finds a man's glove holding the safe open and a cigarette case with the initials "BP". He visits Bernard Parker who states that the glove is his — but vehemently denies owning the cigarette case. Nevertheless, Poirot finds the twin of the glove in the hallway of Parker's house.
Later that day, Poirot receives a visit from the Countess Rossakoff who is indignant that Poirot is pursuing Parker. Previously suspicious that the Countess may not be a real Russian, Poirot admits that the impressive lady is who she says she is.
That evening, Hastings sees Poirot studying a book on Russian grammar. The next day he visits Hardman and tells him who the thief is. The collector is astonished and leaves Poirot to pursue the matter without police involvement.
Poirot and Hastings visit the Countess and Poirot calmly tells the lady that his taxi is waiting and that he would be obliged if she would give him the jewels. She, equally calmly, does so. They part on good terms, the Countess admitting that Poirot is one of the few men she fears.
He in turn is very impressed by her. He tells Hastings that it was the double clue of the glove and the case which made him suspicious.
Only one of the clues was genuine and the other a mistake. As the cigarette case was not Parker's, that must have been the genuine clue. The Oglander family was playing bridge in the drawing room of their house in Streatham last night when the French windows burst open and a woman staggered in, blood on her dress.
She managed to say, "Murder! The family fetched both a doctor and the police who called at the next-door villa to find the body of Henry Reedburn, the theatrical impresario , dead in the library with his skull split open by some unknown weapon.
The woman is identified as the famous dancer, Valerie Saintclair. Poirot receives a visit from Prince Paul of Maurania, who wants to marry the dancer. Reedburn was in love with Valerie although his feelings were not reciprocated. Prince Paul and Valerie saw a clairvoyant the previous week who turned over the king of clubs in her pack of cards and said a man threatened danger to her.
The prince is afraid that Valerie interpreted this to mean Reedburn, and attacked him. Poirot and Hastings visit the scene of the crime. The library runs the length of one side of the house.
At either end are curtained recesses with French windows, one to the garden and the other to the drive. It was in the recess facing the garden that Reedburn was found. The dead man had a female visitor that night that he let into the house himself but the servants did not see her. Poirot sees a marble seat in the recess whose arm-ends are carved in the form of lions' heads and wonders if they could have caused the wound to Reedburn's head.
The doctor says there is no blood on the marble. They proceed to the Oglander home, along the garden path. In the drawing room, the table with the cards for the interrupted bridge game is still in place. Miss Saintclair is still in the house, ill in bed.
She tells them that Reedburn held a secret of hers and threatened her but she did not kill him. She went to his house by prior appointment and was pleading with him when a man dressed like a tramp attacked him from behind the curtained recess.
She fled from the house towards the lights of the Oglander house. Returning to the drawing room Poirot notices that the king of clubs is missing from the cards on the bridge table. They return to Reedburn's house and in the curtained recess that leads to the drive they find a twin of the marble seat, again with lion's head arms but this one has a faint bloodstain on it.
Reedburn was killed here and his body dragged to the recess facing the garden. Poirot has the missing king of clubs, having taken it from the card box before at the Oglander house. He returns there to assure Mrs. Oglander that the police will not find out what happened. He returns the playing card to her, telling her it was their only slip-up.
He tells Hastings what happened. The bridge game was set up after the event as an alibi for the four members of the family. By mistake one card was left in the box. The son of the family killed Reedburn when he went with Valerie to plead with the blackmailer , presumably when things escalated into violence. Valerie is the estranged daughter of the Oglander family.
Despite the breach in the relationship, she turned to them in her moment of need. Her story of the tramp will stand and she is free to marry Prince Paul. This is one of the few cases aside from Murder on the Orient Express in which Poirot allows a guilty party to avoid punishment, particularly when there is a dead body involved.
Cousin Roger rushes in with the news that Vincent's father has had a serious fall from a horse and is not expected to last the night. Vincent and Uncle Hugo leave. Vincent, the eldest and only of three sons to survive the war, was not close with his father.
Roger tells them that Vincent's strong reaction to the bad news is partly due to the Lemesurier curse. No first born son has lived to inherit the family estate since the Middle Ages. This family curse arose from an ancestor who erroneously suspected his wife of being unfaithful and his young son of not being his own. In a fit of rage he killed them both. His wife cursed him before she died that no first-born son of his descendants should ever inherit.
Instead it passed to nephews, younger brothers or younger sons. The next day, Poirot and Hastings learn that Vincent died, after he jumped from the moving train on the way home.
His death is put down to a mental breakdown, from the bad news and shell-shock. Over the next few years all of the inheritors of the estate die, under causes as varied as gun accident and insect sting, leaving Hugo, youngest of five brothers, to inherit the family estate. Poirot receives a visit from Hugo's young wife.
She is an American who does not believe in the curse. She worries about the elder of her two young sons, Ronald, who is eight. He has had three narrow escapes from death in the past few months.
One was a fall when the boy was climbing down the ivy on the wall of their home. She saw for herself that the stem had been cut.
In the house are the family, the children's governess, Hugo's secretary, John Gardiner, and frequent visitor, cousin Major Roger Lemesurier, a favorite with the boys. Poirot and Hastings travel to the home in Northumberland and renew their acquaintance with Hugo. He believes his first born son is doomed by the curse, while his second son will inherit. Hugo will die soon as he has an incurable disease, which news he shares with Poirot and Hastings.
Young Ronald is stung by a bee, by his father's report, and Poirot is immediately concerned. He and Hastings keep vigil all night in Ronald's room.
A figure creeps into the darkened bedroom and is about to poison the young boy by injection when Poirot and Hastings overpower him. It is Hugo, the boy's father. He is responsible for the deaths until he gained the estate, and is now a madman.
Hugo is placed in an asylum , where he dies. Mrs Lemesurier later marries John Gardiner, and the curse, if it existed, is broken. Poirot informs Hastings that he has no risky investments except for fourteen thousand shares in Burma Mines Ltd, which were given to him for services rendered.
He relates the story to Hastings. The lead-silver mines were originally worked only for the silver by the Chinese in the fifteenth century. The lead remained, of value now.
The mine's location was lost; the only clue to its location is in old papers in the hands of a Chinese family. Wu Ling agreed to negotiate a sale of the papers and travelled to England to complete the transaction. Pearson was to meet Wu Ling at the train in Southampton but the train was delayed, so Pearson left. He thought Wu Ling made his own way to London where he booked into the Hotel Russell Square and telephoned the company to say that he would see them the next day.
He failed to appear at the meeting and the hotel was contacted. They said Wu Ling had gone out earlier with a friend.
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