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The unabridged tales in this Mystery Masters audiobook include all the ones in the print book first published in 1974. With each case, Poirot further proves his reputation as the greatest mind in detective fiction. In "The Plymouth Express," the body of the daughter of a wealthy American industrialist is found stuffed under a train seat. "Problem at Sea" finds a disliked r The unabridged tales in this Mystery Masters audiobook include all the ones in the print book first published in 1974. With each case, Poirot further proves his reputation as the greatest mind in detective fiction. In "The Plymouth Express," the body of the daughter of a wealthy American industrialist is found stuffed under a train seat. "Problem at Sea" finds a disliked rich woman murdered in a locked room on a ship. "The King of Clubs" involves a prince, his dancer fiancée, and a fiendish bit of blackmail. These gems are alternately read by David Suchet and Hugh Fraser, whose roles as, respectively, Poirot and his sidekick, Captain Hugh Hastings, in PBS's Mystery! series and the Arts and Entertainment's Poirot series are considered definitive. This collection contains the following stories: "The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly," "The Adventure of the Clapham Cook," "The Affair of the Victory Ball," "The Chocolate Box," "The Cornish Mystery," "The Double Clue," "Double Sin," "How Does Your Garden Grow?," "The King of Clubs," "The Lemesurier Inheritance," "Lost Mine," "Market Basing Mystery," "The Plymouth Express," "Problem at Sea," "The Submarine Plans," "The Third-Floor Flat," "The Veiled Lady," and "Wasps' Nest."


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The unabridged tales in this Mystery Masters audiobook include all the ones in the print book first published in 1974. With each case, Poirot further proves his reputation as the greatest mind in detective fiction. In "The Plymouth Express," the body of the daughter of a wealthy American industrialist is found stuffed under a train seat. "Problem at Sea" finds a disliked r The unabridged tales in this Mystery Masters audiobook include all the ones in the print book first published in 1974. With each case, Poirot further proves his reputation as the greatest mind in detective fiction. In "The Plymouth Express," the body of the daughter of a wealthy American industrialist is found stuffed under a train seat. "Problem at Sea" finds a disliked rich woman murdered in a locked room on a ship. "The King of Clubs" involves a prince, his dancer fiancée, and a fiendish bit of blackmail. These gems are alternately read by David Suchet and Hugh Fraser, whose roles as, respectively, Poirot and his sidekick, Captain Hugh Hastings, in PBS's Mystery! series and the Arts and Entertainment's Poirot series are considered definitive. This collection contains the following stories: "The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly," "The Adventure of the Clapham Cook," "The Affair of the Victory Ball," "The Chocolate Box," "The Cornish Mystery," "The Double Clue," "Double Sin," "How Does Your Garden Grow?," "The King of Clubs," "The Lemesurier Inheritance," "Lost Mine," "Market Basing Mystery," "The Plymouth Express," "Problem at Sea," "The Submarine Plans," "The Third-Floor Flat," "The Veiled Lady," and "Wasps' Nest."

30 review for Poirot's Early Cases: 18 Hercule Poirot Mysteries

  1. 5 out of 5

    carol.

    I was looking for a Poirot short story for my kindle when I ran into this compilation for a bargain ninety-nine cents. Worth it? Sure. You can taste the flavor of Poirot in perfect lunch break-sized chunks, or moments in the car waiting for an appointment, or even when you just want a little something-something. Or perhaps you find the full-length books tedious with all their descriptions of little grey cells, the sending of telegrams, and the multitude of housekeepers and lady's maids; well, th I was looking for a Poirot short story for my kindle when I ran into this compilation for a bargain ninety-nine cents. Worth it? Sure. You can taste the flavor of Poirot in perfect lunch break-sized chunks, or moments in the car waiting for an appointment, or even when you just want a little something-something. Or perhaps you find the full-length books tedious with all their descriptions of little grey cells, the sending of telegrams, and the multitude of housekeepers and lady's maids; well, these stripped-down versions save those mentions to once per story, perhaps even less. Still, for the serious Christie fan, there's often something missing. Mostly atmosphere, along with the parade of characters that comes with a full-course investigation. Contents: The Affair at the Victory Ball 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 Veiled Lady The Submarine Plans The Market Basing Mystery I did enjoy these quick little cases, but a few felt almost like outlines, they were so short. In those cases (haha), it felt like the story rested on the twist. 'The Chocolate Box,' 'The Veiled Lady' and 'The Market Basing Mystery' all fell into this category. Literally, there is the case; Poirot reflects; he solves. The first, 'The Affair at the Victory Ball,' reads like an introduction to the character of Poirot and Hastings, and is fun for that, although the case itself ridiculous.  'The Submarine Plans' is published elsewhere and is a very realized short. Still, not a bad little grouping, and a nice way to spend a few minutes here and there.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Evgeny

    This is a collection of 18 short Poirot stories. Almost all of them were written early in Agatha Christie's writing career and as such they are miles ahead of later novels in terms of excitement. On the negative side they are too short and some feel like outlines instead of full-fledged stories. Speaking about excellent short mysteries I still think the only writer who could unfailingly produce them was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes shorts never failed to deliver. Coming back to this c This is a collection of 18 short Poirot stories. Almost all of them were written early in Agatha Christie's writing career and as such they are miles ahead of later novels in terms of excitement. On the negative side they are too short and some feel like outlines instead of full-fledged stories. Speaking about excellent short mysteries I still think the only writer who could unfailingly produce them was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes shorts never failed to deliver. Coming back to this collection almost all of the stores were included in earlier anthologies of the series. Capt. Hastings appear in approximately half of them. He never failed to demonstrate his lack in mental department. I will briefly discuss only some of them. The Double Clue. Poirot meets his own Irene Adler: Countess Vera Rossakoff. The Lemesurier Inheritance. Has some elements of Gothic horror. In this case they almost work. The Plymouth Express. This story was later expanded into a novel The Mystery of the Blue Train. Anybody familiar with the novel would find absolutely nothing unexpected here. Developing the train theme later Agatha Christie created the greatest Poirot novel ever: Murder on the Orient Express. The Chocolate Box. According to Poirot this was the only time he completely failed the case. Surprisingly this is not the most complicated mystery Poirot has dealt with. His young age was the only justification. The Third Floor Flat. I could be wrong, but I think this is the only story which has never appeared before. I found it to be quite humorous, other readers found the mystery to be underwhelming. Wasp's Nest. The least interesting story. This one indeed feels like a sketch. Problem at Sea. I suspect this is an early short version of Death of the Nile without any frills and great cast of characters. How Does Your Garden Grow? 99% of all Poirot short story collections includes this one. If you look at it carefully it strongly resembles Dumb Witness. The rest of the stories are quite forgettable and were discussed elsewhere. Strictly speaking the anthology is closer to 3 stars than 4, but compared to the latest novels of the series it is great. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    Another 4 star review for Agatha and Hercule (I feel I know them both well enough to be so informal ) although that said, it did only scrape into the 4 star category. Now whether that is because I have overdosed on Poirot shorts (some kind of new trouser ware ?? ) or because they were not quite up to the expected standard I do not know. Either way all 18 stories were enjoyable, although similar to “Poirot Investigates “ some were better than others. In fact some of the more (can I use the word) Another 4 star review for Agatha and Hercule (I feel I know them both well enough to be so informal ) although that said, it did only scrape into the 4 star category. Now whether that is because I have overdosed on Poirot shorts (some kind of new trouser ware ?? ) or because they were not quite up to the expected standard I do not know. Either way all 18 stories were enjoyable, although similar to “Poirot Investigates “ some were better than others. In fact some of the more (can I use the word) mediocre stories have all merged into one amorphous Poirot case. Now maybe that was a bit harsh as there were a couple of truly excellent short stories wonderfully demonstrating Poirot’s undoubted genius, Hastings’ undoubted loyalty (hah you thought I was going to be rude about poor old Hastings ) and of course with the first sight of Miss Lemon, her wonderful efficiency. Let’s be honest who would not want a sight of Miss Lemon’s filing system. Oh my favourite ones, oh well, “ The Incredible Theft”, “The Double Clue”, “The Problem at Sea” and the wonderful “The Affair at the Victory Ball”. And now, being only one month behind in this Poirot challenge, its back to the novels

  4. 5 out of 5

    Simona B

    "To have patience with stupidity is difficult for the quick-witted." Some are great, some less; as it almost always happens with short-stories, after all. Personally, I have a prediliction for Wasps' Nest, while The Third Floor Flat was probably the most unsatisfactory of them all -how could he think he would never be implied in that homicide? TSTL criminals are so not my type. Poirot, on the other hand, is as adorable and brainy as ever. It would be only silly of me to deny that he is the love of "To have patience with stupidity is difficult for the quick-witted." Some are great, some less; as it almost always happens with short-stories, after all. Personally, I have a prediliction for Wasps' Nest, while The Third Floor Flat was probably the most unsatisfactory of them all -how could he think he would never be implied in that homicide? TSTL criminals are so not my type. Poirot, on the other hand, is as adorable and brainy as ever. It would be only silly of me to deny that he is the love of my life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    W

    This is very early Christie,first published just a few years after Agatha Christie began her writing career. She was still honing her craft. There are eighteen short stories.I found just about half a dozen compelling enough.The rest were very forgettable and some were downright boring. The humour which livens up her later books is also missing. Christie's novels are certainly better than her short stories. 2.5 stars,rounded up.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vikas Singh

    Collection of 18 stories that feature Hercule Poirot, it has been chronicled by his faithful friend Hastings. These cases solved in the initial years, went on to establish Poirot's solid reputation as a formidable detective. One of the cases reveal how Poirot came to own the only shares he ever invested in-those of a mine in Burma. The collection also includes one of the two cases that he helped solve for the British government

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    3 stars for the stories, 5 for the amazing narration. Seriously. What could be better than listening to Poirot short stories read by Poirot and Hastings themselves? The stories themselves weren't really my favorites. I mostly listened to this to see how I like David Suchet and Hugh Fraser as narrators and it turns out, I LOVE them. Seriously. Poirot Suchet is truly a gifted narrator, jumping with such amazing ease from character to character, from voice to voice, accent to accent, that sometimes 3 stars for the stories, 5 for the amazing narration. Seriously. What could be better than listening to Poirot short stories read by Poirot and Hastings themselves? The stories themselves weren't really my favorites. I mostly listened to this to see how I like David Suchet and Hugh Fraser as narrators and it turns out, I LOVE them. Seriously. Poirot Suchet is truly a gifted narrator, jumping with such amazing ease from character to character, from voice to voice, accent to accent, that sometimes you forget it's just him. His Inspector Japp sounds so much like the actor who plays him on the show that it was kind of scary at first! And then there's poor Hastings Hugh Fraser. Just like on the show, he seems to be there to highlight Poirot's gifts (which just made listening to this all the more delightful): he's a great narrator, and he tries to do voices and accents, but when you listen to a story read by Suchet right after one of his, you kind of feel sorry for him. Highly recommendable not only for fans of the show, but everyone else!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shabbeer Hassan

    David Suchet as the eponymous Belgian super-sleuth, Hercule Poirot outshines his ITV series portrayal in this audio narration. 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! My Rating - 5/5

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brooklyn Tayla

    And this ends a long overdue Agatha Christie reading binge. Every one of these short stories presented such a delightful puzzle, I will always enjoy re reading and enjoying them. Poirot and Hastings, and of course AC, never disappoint :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gayatri

    It was fun to read these short stories. Some of them were quite interesting and some were just fine and others were just very predictable. I have rated all the stories individually but as a whole this book deserves 3.5 stars in my opinion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Teri-K

    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 Cornish Mystery & The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly - both pretty good. The Chocolate Box - Poirot's o 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 Cornish Mystery & The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly - both pretty good. The Chocolate Box - Poirot's only failure makes an interesting story. The Submarine Plans - I always remember this one when it pops up someplace. The Third-Floor Flat - This was an especially good TV episode, which makes reading it even more fun. Market Basing Mystery - Another clever one that I enjoyed. The Veiled Lady - Another good TV episode, which may be better than the story. Problem at Sea - The TV version is one of my favorites, and this story is quite good, too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jan C

    This was an okay selection of early short stories of Poirot. 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chi

    Read it due to my fondness for the movie of The Murder on the Orient Express.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diana Long

    A nice collection of 18 short stories featuring Hercule Poirot. Some of the stories also are shared with other book collections by the author. This collection contains the following stories:  "The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly,"  "The Adventure of the Clapham Cook,"  "The Affair of the Victory Ball," "The Chocolate Box," "The Cornish Mystery," "The Double Clue,"  "Double Sin," "How Does Your Garden Grow?," "The King of Clubs,"  "The Lemesurier Inheritance," "Lost Mine," "Market Basing Mystery," "The Plymouth A nice collection of 18 short stories featuring Hercule Poirot. Some of the stories also are shared with other book collections by the author. This collection contains the following stories:  "The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly,"  "The Adventure of the Clapham Cook,"  "The Affair of the Victory Ball," "The Chocolate Box," "The Cornish Mystery," "The Double Clue,"  "Double Sin," "How Does Your Garden Grow?," "The King of Clubs,"  "The Lemesurier Inheritance," "Lost Mine," "Market Basing Mystery," "The Plymouth Express,"  "Problem at Sea," "The Submarine Plans," "The Third-Floor Flat," "The Veiled Lady,"  and "Wasps' Nest."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kim Kaso

    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. I have seen many of these done with David Suchet & it is interesting to contrast the short story with the way the tv portrays it. 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. Highly r 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. I have seen many of these done with David Suchet & it is interesting to contrast the short story with the way the tv portrays it. 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. Highly recommended for a day by the fire with tea, or a tisane.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Ryan

    A really nice collection of short stories. Some stories are almost identical to other short stories (The submarine Plans = The Incredible Theft and The Market Basing Mystery = Murder in the Mews) and at least one - The Plymouth Express - is a short version of the Poirot full-length novel The Mystery of the Blue Train. But every story is enjoyable, with Poirot at his best.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Absolutely brilliant collection of Hercule Poirot stories. Recommend the audio version. This is my Poirot!:- Absolutely brilliant collection of Hercule Poirot stories. Recommend the audio version. This is my Poirot!:-

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joana

    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!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mukesh Kumar

    " 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 ! " ---- musings of Captain Hastings in 'the affair at the victory ball' Well that sums it up nicely, doesn't it ? With the neat little revelation that it is Captain Hastings actually who detests Japp more than Poirot, apparently. And by the way, 'Poirot's ea " 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 ! " ---- musings of Captain Hastings in 'the affair at the victory ball' Well that sums it up nicely, doesn't it ? With the neat little revelation that it is Captain Hastings actually who detests Japp more than Poirot, apparently. 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Damaskcat

    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. 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. 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ✿ Deni

    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. I think some of them would be even better if they were a bit longer, like The Adventure of Jonnhie Waverly and The Veiled Lady. 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. I think some of them would be even better if they were a bit longer, like The Adventure of Jonnhie Waverly and The Veiled Lady. 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 that I can't help but seeing Suchet's face when I'm reading any of Poirot's books.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Jones

    A book to keep at the cabin or to read on vacation. You wont mind if your flight is delayed for twenty minutes because it will give you time enough to read another story. I was struck at how closely modeled these mysteries were on the Sherlock Holmes stories that appeared in the Strand - a fact Christie herself winks at throughout. Good fun with only a few politically incorrect statements to make the 21st century reader squirm a bit, and these are invariably spoken by the unlikable characters an A book to keep at the cabin or to read on vacation. You wont mind if your flight is delayed for twenty minutes because it will give you time enough to read another story. I was struck at how closely modeled these mysteries were on the Sherlock Holmes stories that appeared in the Strand - a fact Christie herself winks at throughout. Good fun with only a few politically incorrect statements to make the 21st century reader squirm a bit, and these are invariably spoken by the unlikable characters anyway.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Claire Peal

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mayra

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    John Frankham

    Poirot short stories. The ones used for the early ITV David Suchet series. Very, very reminiscent of Conan Doyle. For Holmes and Watson, read Poirot and Capt. Hastings. Good, solid plotting and manipulation of rather stock characters, but enjoyable fun and puzzles.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anneta K.

    I wasn't thrilled reading these short stories but oh we'll, it's Agatha. I can't give her less than 3 stars!!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anantha Narayanan

    A great collection again on Hercule Poirot.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Niki (nikilovestoread)

    I am really enjoying reading through Agatha Christie's Poirot books. Since I am following the recommended order on the Agatha Christie site, this was the fourth book I've read in the series. I do prefer the longer mysteries, but I just love Poirot and all his quirks and Agatha did write some great short stories. Of course, I loved some more than others, but I really did enjoy the book quite a lot.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kyrie

    It's a nice collection of mysteries, none very long. About the time I got bored with Hastings' lack of cleverness, the next story wouldn't feature him. And yes, there's a Miss Lemon one. She's nearly the perfect secretary for Poirot. I love how bored she gets when he asks her to use her imagination. If you just want a bit of Christie, these are nearly as perfect as Miss Lemon.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Good quick from the Queen of Crime read with the usual dose of twists and turns that keep you guessing throughout.

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