The idea appeals to Hercule Poirot's vanity. Before he retires to grow superior vegetables, he will undertake just twelve more cases. All of them will resemble the remarkable feats of strength performed by that hero of ancient Greece, the first Hercules, but using brain instead of brawn.
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‘Twelve little masterpieces of detection. Poirot and Agatha Christie at their inimitable best’
‘I have often thought that Mrs Cristie was not so much the best as the only living writer of the true of classic detective story’
‘A finely shaped book, richly devious and quite brilliant – by far the best volume of Poirot shorts’
San Francisco Chronicle
In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yet – reasoned the detective – like Hercules he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters.
So, in the period before he retired, Poirot made up his mind to accept just twelve more cases: his self-imposed 'Labours'. Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 79 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.
"Twelve little masterpieces of detection. Poirot and Agatha Christie at their inimitable best"
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