Twelve Hercule Poirot short stories Wrangled (Whitehorse, MT: Chisholm Cattle Co., framed by the device of having each story relate to one of the labours of Hercules Some of them are a bit of a stretch like the Nemean lion being kidnapped Pekingese dogs I read this once andound it utterly Cockroach forgettable Someone recently reuested itrom me on PaperbackSwap and I read the Hotshot P.I. firstew stories again before sending it off I wasn t interested enough to read them all25 stars For Poirot completists only Of all Agatha Christie s collections of stories eaturing the great Hercule Poirot this is the one of which the man himself would most approve It has the order and method to be "Sure A Perfect Dozen Cases "A perfect dozen cases the Labours of Hercules or the modern world well the 1947 world The stories have a certain inevitability to them it would be a shame to name a character Hercule and NOT do something with the classical allusion The Moonlight and Mistletoe (Harlequin Historical, format is both the collection s greatest strength and its weakness The strength is that it seems so perfectlyitting Duty to Protect for Poirot and that it allows Christie to be very clever and imaginative as she comes up with modern counterpartsor the Labour I much prefer Poirot novels so really appreciated that Dame Agatha tried to connect these 12 short stories with Greek mythologyLike many collections some stories were effective than others it s certainly a un way of trying to tell
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finish 26 based on either you choose aorced or clever premise Poirot is supposedly ready to In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero Yet reasoned the detective like Hercules he had been responsi.
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kinese dog The Lernean Hydra 3 starsA Snowed in with the Cowboy
fun but obvious story in which Poirot delves into rumours and gossip against a local GPThe Arcadian Deer 35 starsAn interestinting tale whereby Poirot races all over Europe to discover the whereabouts of a Ladies maidor a garage mechanicThe Erymanthian Boar 4 starsOn holiday Poirot is cajoled into investigating the disappearance of a ruthless killer called Marrascaud and is trapped on a mountainThe Augean Stables 4 starsPoirot is called in by the Government To Clear The Name Of The Retired
clear the name of the retired MinisterThe Stymphalean Birds 4 starsOn holiday Poirot is called upon to help out an Englishman involved in The Brides Second Thought
family issues murder The Cretan Bull 4 starsPoirot is called upon to convince a man he isn t mad despite all evidence to the contraryThe Horses of Diomedes 35 starsAn adventure in which Poirot is called in by a young Doctorriend to help one of General Grant s our daughtersThe Girdle of Hyppolita 35 starsWhilst on the continent investigating an art theft Poirot is asked to lend a hand with a missing British schoolgirl that somehow disembarks a train that hadn t stoppedThe Flock of Geryon 4 starsIn this short story we see the return of the "Redoubtable Miss Carnaby To Assist "Miss Carnaby to assist Poirot in the investigation into a dodgy religious sect that supposedly conned wealthy elderly womenThe Apples of Hesperides 3 starsAn ok story in which Poirot tracks down a stolen Goblet not much to sayThe Capture of Cerberus 4 starsAnd the inal story sees the return of the Countess Rossakoff and an investigation into drugs and jewel robberie. Ind to accept just twelve cases his self imposed 'Labours' Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic eat of deductio.
Etire In appearance he hardly resembles Hercules but he thinks his mind is eual to Hercules s body and physical exploits They both rid the world of monsters in their own ashion So Poirot chooses 12 cases to close out his career though it really doesn t mirroring the 12 Labors of Hercules So it s a nice idea clever in its way but the order and comparisons to the original Labors is my vote on this issue This Perfect Stranger
forced and artificial Part of itor me is that I much prefer the novels of Christie to the short stories and these are 12 short stories There are some individual ones that are clever but they lack the language the and the complexity of the best of the That said this is still Christie it is still
the novels That said this is still Christie it is still and so it is still good if not in the upper echelon of Poirot books I see a lot of people really voted clever on this one so okay that just points to Christie as artist I thought it was just okay but compared to the rest of the world of mystery writers it is still pretty great stuff or many I have several others to suggest if you want to read just one Not this one "I say 25 rounded up or no particular reason Maybe it s that amusing mock epic "say 25 rounded up True Colors
for no particular reason Maybe it s that amusing mock epic comparison idea if not the performance of that idea So rather than reviewing the book as a whole I thought I would say aew words about each of The Labours and then give an overall rating So taking the average we get 367 so 4 stars it is An enjoyable book with some good stories and some average onesThe Nemean Lion 4 starsAn enjoyable short story in which Poirot investigates the theft of a Ble The Doctors Reason to Stay
for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monstersSo in the period leading up to his retirement Poirot made up his