Review: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Opening sentence: “The intense interest aroused in the public by what was known at the time as ‘The Styles Case’ has now somewhat subsided.’ The Mysterious Affair at StylesΒ has its place in literature history as not only the first Hercule Poirot story, but as the first novel ever published by Agatha Christie. Set in 1917, […]

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Review: Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

Opening sentence: “My dear M. Poirot!” Cards on the Table has an interesting line in the foreword by Agatha Christie: ‘(this) was one of Hercule Poirot’s favourite cases. His friend, Captain Hastings, however, when Poirot described it to him, considered it very dull!’ Interesting, as when I started reading I feared I was going to […]

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Review: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

This edition published by HarperCollins 1998 (First published 1938) / 219 pages Opening sentence: “Stephen pulled up the collar of his coat as he walked briskly along the platform.” ‘I feel like reading a book to get me in the Christmas mood’, I thought. ‘Yes, why not see what Poirot is up to over the […]

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Review: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Audiobook narrated by David Suchet / Running time: 7:59 Whenever I conjure up a picture of Hercule Poirot in my mind, it’s basically always David Suchet playing the iconic character (pictured below). He just so perfectly embodied everything about Poirot – from his moustaches to his mannerisms and accent (David Suchet is English but cracks […]

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Review: Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie Opening sentence: “‘Do I remember the Crale case?’ asked Sir Montague Depleach. Today would have been Agatha Christie’s 128th birthday, so it’s only fitting that I post about one of her marvelous books!Β Five Little PigsΒ sees legendary detective Hercule Poirot take on an interesting case. He gets a visit fromΒ Carla […]

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Review: The Mystery of Three-Quarters by Sophie Hannah

Published 23rd August 2018 by HarperCollins / 400 pages Opening sentence: “Hercule Poirot smiled to himself as his driver brought the motorcar to a stop with satisfying symmetry.” Sophie Hannah is a successful crime writer who, since 2014 (with permission from the Christie estate), has been writing new Hercule Poirot stories in the voice of […]

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Review: Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie. Audiobook narrated by Hugh Fraser. Opening sentence: “No seaside town in the south of England is, I think, as attractive as St. Loo.” As with all Christie novels, there is always a hook, a twist, an unexpected element that makes it stand out from your average murder mystery […]

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